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Montrose Library Features Talk On Einstein Sailing With Spy

Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein Photo Credit: Twitter

MONTROSE, N.Y. -- The public is invited to attend the National Maritime Historical Society’s Charles Point Council Lecture Series on Saturday at the Hendrick Hudson Free Library in Montrose.

The lecture “Albert Einstein Sails with a Russian Spy” will be presented by David Allen, humanities professor at SUNY Maritime College.

Sailing was a passion for Albert Einstein. He learned to sail on Lake Zurich in Switzerland in 1896 when he was 18 and continued sailing for more than 50 years. 

He never strayed too far from shore and didn’t race. He just enjoyed being on the water and cruising, spending many summers sailing on Saranac Lake, sometimes with a Russian spy. 

Recently, students from the State University of New York Maritime College have been tracking down lost or mislaid historic maritime-related artifacts, and they have made some astonishing discoveries and are on the trail of finding Einstein’s boat, actual lifeboats from the RMS Lusitania, Andréa Doria, Morro Castle and Titanic, and Henry Morton Stanley’s rowboat that he used on the Congo River to locate Dr. Livingstone.

This presentation will discuss and illustrate some of the innovative and sometimes unorthodox methods used by Humanities students at SUNY Maritime College to bring important artifacts back into the public realm.

The suggested donation for the event is $5 to $10. After the lecture, NMHS will host a luncheon, which costs $25 prepaid, and a cash bar. For more information and to reserve a space for the program, call 914-737-7878, ext. 0, or email

Coffee and registration will begin at 10:30 a.m., and the lecture starts at 11 a.m.

The Hendrick Hudson Free Library is at 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose.

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