September 2016 Volunteer Opportunities

B&CSC is gearing up for September volunteer opportunities: Two September Docent Training Sessions for this year’s Fleet Week that features the US Navy’s Blue Angels and visiting ships Saturday, September 24, 2016, 10 am, Work session aboard the CHARLES D. GAITHER As part of Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company’s volunteer outreach program, we provide docents […]

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Maritime EXPO at National Maritime Day, Sunday, May 17, 2015, 10am-3pm

US Army Corps of Engineers vessels. Walt Mathers, photo. Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore is within an overnight drive of 1/3 of the nation’s population. Come join us and learn about what the Port of Baltimore does and what it takes to transport people and goods!  ~Bring the family to this free event~  Maritime […]

In Memoriam: Wayne Britz of the NS Savannah Association

Posted by admin on December 28, 2013 in B&CSC - Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company, n/s SAVANNAH, 1959 |

We are all saddened by the sudden passing of NSSA’s President and Chairman Wayne Britz, on October 13, 2013. Wayne was totally devoted to the association and to the ship. For years he organized meetings, reunions, and events to preserve the N.S. Savannah. He was instrumental in the work being done on the ship. We […]

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B&CSC and the German Society of Maryland Gather to Remember Maritime Pioneer Capt. Paul L. Koenig

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Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company and the German Society of Maryland co-hosted the 80th Observance of the Baltimore Memorial Service for Capt. Paul L. Koenig, Commander of the U-Deutschland Merchant Submarine’s Historic 1916 Maiden Solo Voyage Across the Atlantic Ocean.


Baltimore, MD – September 15, 2013:- The Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company (B&CSC) and the German Society of Maryland co-hosted aboard the Nuclear Ship Savannah the 80th observance of the memorial service held in Baltimore upon the death of Captain Paul Liebrecht Koenig (1867-1933). Two presentations were given.  The first was “An Historic Voyage: Koenig and the U-Deutschland,” by Maizie Rocke, vice president of the B&CSC, and historian Valerie Mathers, which included readings from Captain Koenig’s 1916 book about his exploits, Voyage of the Deutschland: the First Merchant Submarine. Historian Walt Mathers then presented “Of Maritime Pioneers,” which included insights placing Koenig’s achievemBCSC Beth Schleigal Dockenspielers Koenig 9-15-2013 by Maizie Rocke DSCN9003ents within the larger context of maritime accomplishments.   The Dockenspielers, a German band that has performed for over 35 years in this area, provided musical selections accompanied by singer Ms. Beth Schleigal courtesy of the German Society of Maryland.
 

L to R, Wreath Casting Ceremony aboard the N.S. Savannah: Dr. David A. Denisch, Board of Directors, German Society of Maryland and collateral descendant of Captain Koenig; Captain Karl Michael Setzer of the German Navy and Naval Attaché stationed in Washington, DC; Ms. Cornelia Mueller, Steamship Historical Society of America; Holton F. Brown, President, Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company. Photo by Maizie Rocke.

L to R, Wreath Casting Ceremony aboard the N.S. Savannah: Dr. David A. Denisch, Board of Directors, German Society of Maryland and collateral descendant of Captain Koenig; Captain Karl Michael “Mike” Setzer of the German Navy and Naval Attaché stationed in Washington, DC; Ms. Cornelia Mueller, Steamship Historical Society of America; Holton F. Brown, President, Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company. Photo by Maizie Rocke.

A memorial wreath was cast from the N.S. Savannah, which is moored across from where the U-Deutschland first set anchor in American waters at Quarantine Point. Dr. David A. Denisch, on behalf of the German Society of Maryland and a collateral descendant of Captain Koenig; fellow submariner Karl Michael “Mike” Setzer, a Captain in the German Navy and the Naval Attaché stationed in Washington, DC; Ms. Cornelia Mueller, a member of the Steamship Historical Society of America; and Mr. Holton F. Brown, president of the B&CSC, cast the memorial wreath overboard while the Dockenspielers performed “Die Wacht am Rhein”. Also attending were Lottie and Howard Hirsch, who operate the Live and Learn toy store in Ownings Mills, Maryland. Mr. Hirsch is the grandson of Ludwig Schwarzschild, the youngest crew member of the U-Deutschland, who served as a mechanic in the engine room aboard both voyages to America in 1916. Captain Setzer rang 8 bells on the Savannah’s ship bell to close the ceremony.
L to R, aboard the N.S. Savannah: Theodore Potthast, Jr., Treasurer & Life Board Member, German Society of Maryland; Dr. David A. Denisch, Board of Directors, German Society of Maryland and collateral descendant of Captain Koenig; Captain Karl Michael Setzer of the German Navy and Naval Attaché stationed in Washington, DC; Mr. Howard Hirsch, descendant of the youngest crewmember on the U-Deutschland, Ludwig Schwarzschild; Walt Mathers, Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company; Erhard Koehler, Project Manager, N.S. Savannah. Photo by Maizie Rocke

L to R, aboard the N.S. Savannah: Theodore Potthast, Jr., Treasurer & Life Board Member, German Society of Maryland; Dr. David A. Denisch, Board of Directors, German Society of Maryland and collateral descendant of Captain Koenig; Captain Karl Michael Setzer of the German Navy and Naval Attaché stationed in Washington, DC; Mr. Howard Hirsch, descendant of the youngest crewmember on the U-Deutschland, Ludwig Schwarzschild; Walt Mathers, Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company; Erhard Koehler, Project Manager, N.S. Savannah. Photo by Maizie Rocke


The B&CSC presented Captain Setzer and Mr. Erhard Koehler, Project Manager for the N.S. Savannah, with copies of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, written by Jules Verne. Ms. Rocke stated that, “It is only right that we end this observance on an appropriate nautical note, for another pioneer captain, Captain Koenig, received this book upon leaving Baltimore on August 2, 1916, to make his return trip to Germany.“.

Captain Koenig was well known internationally for his maritime accomplishments. There were several memorial services held in his honor upon his death. The only two locations known outside of the German speaking countries that held services 80 years ago, were New York City and here in Baltimore.
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     As a maritime pioneer, Captain Koenig commanded the world’s first merchant submarine, the U-Deutschland, a vessel he helped develop and test for the German Ocean Navigation Company, which was formed for this venture by Mr. Alfred Lohmann. Captain Koenig led the U-Deutschland on its maiden voyage, where it became the first submarine to cross the Atlantic Ocean unaided, traveling from Germany, and arriving in Baltimore on July 10th, 1916, to enthusiastic crowds.   He would make a second voyage in November, putting in atNew London, Connecticut.   It was for these feats, for which he twice evaded the British blockade of WWI to deliver raw materials to Germany,

U-Deutschland with tug Baltimore (on left), Baltimore, MD, 1916.

U-Deutschland with tug Baltimore (on left), Baltimore, MD, 1916.

that he was awarded the German Iron Cross, 1st Class. After the war, he served as an executive for the North German Lloyd shipping company from 1919 to 1931. He would return to America several times on popular speaking tours. The U-Deutschland’s centennial will be in 2016.

L to R, aboard the N.S. Savannah: Maizie Rocke, vice president, B&CSC; Cornelia Mueller; Dr. David A. Denisch; Captain “Mike” Setzer, German Navy; Mr. Eerhard Koehler; Mr. Walt Mathers; Ms. Valerie Mathers.

L to R, aboard the N.S. Savannah: Maizie Rocke, vice president, B&CSC; Ms. Cornelia Mueller; Dr. David A. Denisch; Captain “Mike” Setzer, German Navy; Mr. Erhard Koehler; Mr. Walt Mathers; and Ms. Valerie Mathers.

The Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company, which formed in 2004, and began operating in 2005, is an all-volunteer non-profit educational organization that preserves, interprets and supports industrial maritime heritage efforts at the Port of Baltimore and throughout the Chesapeake Bay Region. Contact them at: steamboatcompany@yahoo.com or join us on Facebook.

The nonprofit German Society of Maryland, established in 1783 and incorporated at Annapolis, Maryland in 1817 maintains offices at: 15 West Mt Vernon Place,  Baltimore, MD, 21201.  Visit them at: www.germansociety-md.com.

Captain Setzer with the memorial wreath made by Valerie Mathers.  Photo by Maizie Rocke.

Captain Setzer with the memorial wreath made by Valerie Mathers. Photo by Maizie Rocke.

 

 

The Honorable Helen Delich Bentley’s 1950 interview of Owen Coleman, the U-DEUTSCHLAND harbor pilot, is at:   http://search.proquest.com/docview/541941709?accountid=2739

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B&CSC Attends 12th Annual Submarine Races, Carderock Surface Warfare, DC, 06/2013

For B&CSC, submarines are on the agenda for 2013 and what better way to prepare for our upcoming commemoration of maritime pioneer Paul L. Koenig, captain of the U-DEUTSCHLAND, than to enjoy the competition at this years International Submarine Races! Held at the Naval Surface Warfare Center at the David Taylor Model Basin facility in […]

B&CSC and Marine Divisions of Baltimore City Police & Fire Dept. Commemorate GAITHER Launch

Posted by admin on September 30, 2013 in Industrial Maritime Heritage, m/v CHARLES D GAITHER, 1940, Uncategorized |

Baltimore, MD- Members of the B&CSC, the Marine Unit of the Baltimore City Police Department and the Marine Division of the Fire Departments commemorated the launch of the historic CHARLES D. GAITHER 73 years ago at noon on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Tidewater Yacht Service, Port Covington Maritime Center.  Bedecked with a set of […]

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 The invitation we received to take part in a memorial service described here connects us with Steuben Society history in […]

B&CSC Receives Flags for its Historic Police Patrol Boat, CHARLES D. GAITHER, 05/17/2013

Baltimore, MD- As the B&CSC prepares for the Inaugural Maritime EXPO & Career Fair at National MaritimeDay on Saturday, May 18, 2013, Maryland State Senator Bryan W. Simonaire presented F. Holton Brown, President of the Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company (B&CSC), with a set of United States and State of Maryland flags to fly on […]

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Plaque Unveiled on N.S. Savannah Honors Jon Stouky, founder of the Nuclear Ship Savannah Association

Posted by admin on May 25, 2013 in n/s SAVANNAH, 1959 |

  Plaque in Honor of Jon Stoucky,  founder of the Nuclear Ship Savannah Association (NSSA)                   Ceremonial Presentation by: – Stanley Wheatley (Kings Point Alumnae Class of 1947 (KP  ’47)) – first Chief Engineer of the N.S. Savannah – Wayne Britz (KP ’66) – Chairman & President […]

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