Beginning Manhattan's Maritime Bottoms

Monday, December 01, 1952

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

New York Queen of Commerce is a new series of transcribed historic, educational dramas recreating stirring periods and moments in the commercial and economic growth of New York City.

Today's episode - Beginning Manhattan's Maritime Bottoms. New York's recovery after the Revolutionary War. From 1783 to 1789, much activity took place. Re-enactment of the voyage of Captain Stewart Dean's Hudson River Sloop Experiment to China, the first American ship to travel to and from China.

Includes a supplementary message from Frank O'Branert, of the Bureau of Information, American Merchant Marine Institute, about the Merchant Marines.

Lloyd Moss - Narrator
Alan Feinstein - the Captain
Alfred Israel - John Franklin
Phil Dixon - John Wetton
Marvin Laskowitz - Sound and Music
Helen Milstead - Production Assistant
Kenneth H. Dunshee - Writer
L. Porter Moore - Series Consultant

Historical New York Times lists broadcast as Thursday, 11/27/1952, at 6:30pm.

Presented under the auspices of the Greater New York Civic Center Committee of the Downtown Manhattan Association, the Department of Commerce of the City of New York, and the New York Journal American, and is produced by the Municipal Broadcasting System. Heard three times weekly on the New York City Board of Education Station WNYE-FM. Rebroadcast in the City's classrooms.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 5838


Phil Dixon, Kenneth Holcomb Dunshee, Alan Feinstein, Alfred Israel and Lloyd Moss


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About New York Queen of Commerce

Sponsored by the Department of Commerce and New York, this program recasts economic history as an engaging, fun topic.

Described by the host as "a new series of transcribed historic educational dramas" (1952-53), these shows reenact moments in New York's history of commerce with flair.  

Did you know, for example, that lower-class citizens in Europe were forbidden to wear furs until the beaver fur boom in New York increased inventories the world over? Or that New York's first Chamber of Commerce was founded at the Queenshead Tavern in 1768, making it the nation's oldest and a key player in the Revolutionary War?

Combining all the charm of a good story with historical accuracy, New York Queen of Commerce provides hours of excellent trivia knowledge.


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