Free Lecture at Historic St. Mary’s City
Historic St. Mary’s City will host author Mark C. Wilkins Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m. for a free lecture, titled Cape Cod’s Oldest Shipwreck: The Dangerous Crossing of the Sparrow Hawk. In his lecture, Mr. Wilkins will tell the story of the merchant vessel Sparrow-hawk, which set sail for Virginia from the southern coast of England during the winter of 1626-27. With the crew close to mutiny, they wrecked on the coast of Cape Cod during a fierce storm. Many decades passed and the ship was slowly reclaimed by the shifting sands of Cape Cod until the middle of the 19th century when she re-emerged and was put on display on Boston Common as a curiosity. Today she resides in the permanent collection of the Pilgrim Hall Museum.
Mr. Wilkins is a historian, writer, and museum professional. He is the current Curator of Maritime History at the Calvert Marine Museum. He has been director & curator of both the Cape Cod Maritime Museum and The Atwood House Museum (Chatham Historical Society), and has worked for the Smithsonian & Mystic Seaport. Mark is an accomplished model-maker and boat-builder. Mr. Wilkins is a published author of books and articles relating to maritime and aviation history. He is a contributor to both Aviation History Magazine and Air & Space Magazine. Mark Wilkins has a master’s degree in history from Harvard University, and is currently working on several books relating to WWI aviation, and is serving as historical consultant and producer of aerial effects for the Lafayette Escadrille Documentary Film.
The evening lecture will be held inside the Visitor Center Auditorium, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686. All lectures are free and open to the public.
Historic St. Mary’s City is a museum of living history and archaeology on the site of Maryland’s first capital in beautiful, tidewater Southern Maryland. For more information about the museum, contact the Visitor Center at 240-895-4990, 800-SMC-1634, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at HSMCdigsHistory.org.