Ships of the Sea is pleased to collaborate with Gray’s Reef and the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography on “Coastal Connections,” a five-part speaker series connecting culture, science, and history on the Georgia Coast.
In the first of this series Dr. Paul Pressly will present, “Savannah as a Caribbean Town: the Maritime Community,” a discussion of the culture and attitudes that made colonial Savannah seem closer to St. Kitts than Virginia. Dr. Pressly will also explore Savannah’s 18th century waterfront community of sailors, merchants, sea captains, and smugglers. This event will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2013, Ships of the Sea North Garden, 7:30 p.m., Free to the Public Q&A and light refreshment to follow. Doors open at 7:15 p.m.
Dr. Paul Pressly is director of the Ossabaw Island Education Alliance, a partnership between the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and the Ossabaw Island Foundation. He is also the author of, On the Rim of the Caribbean: Colonial Georgia and the British Atlantic World, an examination on the ways in which Georgia came to share many of the characteristics of the sugar islands, how Savannah developed as a “Caribbean” town, the dynamics of an emerging slave market, and the role of merchant-planters as leaders in forging a highly adaptive economic culture open to innovation.