B&CSC Appears in THE STEUBEN NEWS, Mar/Apr 2013 for Capt. Koenig & the U-DEUTSHLAND Event

THE STEUBEN NEWS featured an article about the B&CSC in their March-April 2013 newsletter of the Steuben Society of America.

Baltimore Plans a Tribute to Captain Paul L. Koenig

by Use Hoffmann and Walter Mathers

Capt. Koenig (center) with Crew of U-DEUTSCHLAND, ca.1916.  Courtesy STEUBEN NEWS.

Capt. Koenig (center) with Crew of U-DEUTSCHLAND, ca.1916. Courtesy STEUBEN NEWS.

The invitation we received to take part in a memorial service described here connects us with Steuben Society history in the 1930s that unfortunately we had lost track of. It also stimulates thoughts of reviving the Admiral Wmfield Scott Schley Unit No 37 in the city of Baltimore and recalls maritime history that is very much a part of German-Americana we like to celebrate at any time.

The maritime community at the Port of Baltimore is making prepara­tions to honor Captain Paul Lieberecht Koenig (1867-1933) with a memorial concert and re-created program marking the 80th anniversary of Koenig’s remembrance conducted aboard the world’s first nuclear-powered mer­chant ship, N.S. SAVANNAH. She is layberthed at Baltimore.

The sponsors and the port’s maritime community ask that you join them as we remember and reflect on the noted maritime pioneer, Captain Paul Koenig.

Save the date – Sunday after­noon, September 15th, 2013. For more details please … email steamboatcompany@yahoo.com.

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Baltimore Plans a Tribute to Captain Paul L. Koenig

The invitation we received to take part in a memorial service described here connects us with Steuben Society history in the 1930s that unfortunately we had lost track of. It also stimulates thoughts of reviving the Admiral Winfield Scott Schley Unit No 37 in the city of Baltimore and recalls maritime history that is very much a part of German-Americana we like to celebrate at any time. The maritime community at the Port of Baltimore is making prepara­tions to honor Captain Paul Lieberecht Koenig (1867-1933) with a memorial concert and re-created program marking the 80th anniversary of Koenig’s passing. The remembrance will take place on the afternoon of September 15, 2013, at Baltimore harbor and within sight of the exact location where U-DEUTSCHLAND first dropped anchor in American waters. As a maritime pioneer, Koenig commanded the world’s first merchant submarine, U-DEUTSCHLAND. The submersible was also the first of its kind to ever make an unassisted crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. Originally sponsored by the Baltimore-based Admiral Winfield Scott Schley Unit No. 37, of the Steuben Society of America, the tribute will close­ly adhere to the original printed program of September, 1933. Arion Gesangverein, established in 1850, was present at the original Koenig service, and will again offer the musical selections identical to the 1933 program.

 

Model & Photo of U-DEUTSCHLAND, ca. 1916.  Courtesy STEUBEN NEWS.

Model & Photo of U-DEUTSCHLAND, ca. 1916. Courtesy STEUBEN NEWS.

The service is being planned by the Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company, Inc., an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organiza­tion that preserves, interprets and supports the industrial maritime heritage efforts within the Chesapeake Bay Region. U-Deutschland and her captain, Paul Lieberecht Koenig, are important historical figures contributing to inter­national maritime firsts. Baltimore embraced the U-Deutschland and espe­cially Captain Paul Koenig following their trans-Atlantic voyage. Upon Koenig’s death in 1933, Baltimore became only one of two known cities outside of the extensive programs held in Germany to mark his passing and to acknowledge the captain’s accomplishments. New York City conducted the other service.

 

The Steuben Society of America is dedicated to unite men and women of Germanic origin who share a common interest in the positive and continued growth of our nation as well as the preservation of our rich heritage. For more info: www.steubensociety.org.

 

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