Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sellersville Kiwanis Dogsled Meet Saturday, February 16th


No snow? No problem!                  
                         On February 16th,a group of youngsters from Urban Promise School and Sacred Heart School journeyed to Sellersville Pa. to participate in a major dog sled meet. Sponsored by the local Kiwanis Club, the meet featured many dog sled teams.. . A delegation of South Jersey dog sledders was  in attendance, and as you can see fun was had by all. The dogs always make the day, participating in events such as dogsled drag races, and gave the kids  a ride on the Henson sled.
In fact the event was so fun, the Director even took the dogs out for a ride.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Meet the S.S. Mongolia

Builder: New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, hull number 5
Laid down June 7, 1902; launched July 25, 1903; delivered February 5, 1904; maiden voyage May 7, 1904; scrapped in Hong Kong, 1947/8
Hull: length 615' 5"; beam 65' 4"; 13,639 tons; schooner-rigged; 4 decks and shelter deck sheathed in wood; 9 cemented bulkheads; cellular double bottom, aft 160',
under engine and boilers 113', forward 229', 2,270 tons; deep tank aft 25', 584 tons and 25', 588 tons; forward 35', 978 tons; forward peak tank 123 tons; aft peak tank 89 tons; holds 31' deep
Power: twin screws; quadruple expansion engines by her builders with cylinders of 30", 43", 63" and 89" diameter, stroke 60"; 1,923 n.h.p.
4 double-ended and 4 single-ended boilers; 36 corrugated furnaces; grate surface 636 sq. ft.; heating surface 28,276 square feet; 215 p.s.i.; originally coal fired but converted to oil in 1919
Code letters KSTH

Pictured above is the S.S.Mongolia, a steamer, was laid down 7 June 1902 by New York Ship Co., Camden, N.J.; launched 25 July 1903; delivered to the Pacific Mail Service 5 February 1904; and transferred to the Atlantic Transport Co. 19 October 1915.
Before the United States entered World War I, President Wilson saw the necessity of arming merchant ships. Therefore, Mongolia took on an armed guard in March 1917. On 19 April, she was attacked by a German submarine, Mongolia engaged the submarine, damaging her periscope and conning tower, then gave pursuit, forcing the submarine to submerge. This is the first encounter of an American ship with a U‑boat. The Mongolia was assigned two additional 6‑inch guns  on 20 May.
On 27 April 1918, Mongolia was requisitioned by the Navy. She was commissioned on 8 May 1918, with Commander E. McDowell in command, to serve as a transport during the war. She made 13 voyages from the United States to France, before she was decommissioned on 11 September 1919.She was then returned to her owner, and returned to merchant service.

After the war, the Mongolia was used on the New York‑Hamburg steamship line, before joining the Panama Pacific Lines in 1925. She was transferred to the Dollar Steam Ship Lines and renamed President Fillmore on 7 December 1929.  She was sold to Wallam & Co.On 2 February 1940;  she was renamed Panamanian and thereafter sailed under the Panamanian registry. The ship was scrapped at Shanghai 20 May 1946.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Henson family tree!!!! Courtesy of Dr. Counter,Havard Foundation

Here is the family tree of Matthew Henson's living relatives as complied by Dr. Counter of Harvard University.

Friday, February 1, 2013

In search of a few items....

Hello again,

 The museum is looking for  some donations, in particular  a gas stove, a standard size refridgerator, and a laptop  to backup our files. So if anyone has any of these items and is willing to donate, please contact the museum.

Thank you.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Event Update

On Saturday FEBRUARY 16th, come out to Sellersville, PA with the CSMM to have a good time and to meet some dogsled dogs! Time and place will be updated soon. 

At present we have word from a reliable source that  there will be 40 to 50 dogs present at the event, the Henson Sled, And weather permitting, there will be dog-sledding for the kids.

Check back for updates!