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SOLAR ENGINE
from "Contribution to the Centennial Exhibition"
by
Captain John Ericsson, New York: 1876


News & Events 2009



Richard Carlstedt, Metalworking Craftsman of the year 2009


Working Model of Steam engine of USS Monitor
For exemplary skills and dedication in the engineering tradition of John Ericsson demonstrating by building the most accurate working model ever produced of the steam engine of the USS Monitor.

News & Events 2008

John Ericsson and Solar Energy, November 18, 2008
John Ericsson, Birthday Celebration, Battery Park, New York, July 31, 2008
Presentation: "John Ericsson's Birthday Celebration, July 31 with song by Jussi Björling"
Visitors from Hälsingland, Sweden Celebrate a John Ericsson Tour around Manhattan, June 24, 2008

Invitation to Visit American Swedish Historical Museum, Philadelphia, PA Saturday, April 19, 2008
Model Steam Engine, Novelty from the Rainhill Trials 1829, Crafted by John Ericson, Leeds, UK
Model Engines, Crafted by Rich Carlstedt
John Ericsson Society, New York, Annual Report, 2007 of the President: February 1, 2008


News & Events 2007
Latest News & Events first

John Ericsson Literature Roundtable, New York, November 30, 2007
The National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio
Celebrating John Ericsson's Birthday, Tuesday, July 31, 2007
John Ericsson Creativity Award, John Ericsson Junior High School, Brooklyn, New York, 2007
John Ericsson Memorial Celebration, Washington D.C. June 2, 2007, including Visit to House of Sweden
Military Sealift Command Oiler Wins SECNAV Environmental Award, May 27, 2007
sun21 makes historic arrival in New York Harbor, May, 8, 2007
Annual Dinner, John Ericsson Society, New York, March 29, 2007
Official opening of Monitor Center, The Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia, March 9, 2007
Annual Meeting, John Ericsson Society, New York, January 31, 2007


News & Events 2006


John Ericsson Literature Roundtable, New York, November 30, 2007

The final John Ericsson Memorial Event of the year 2007, the annual November celebration of his arrival in the USA, was a Roundtable discussion of John Ericsson Literature. It was held at the Church of Sweden on Friday, November 30.

Among participants in the Roundtable were: Spanton C. Ashdown, Inez L. Brisfjord, Carol Barbara, Craig Eliasson, Jon Marks, Dolores Swanson, Janice L. Weinmann, George Weinmann and David F. White. With Jon Marks facilitating, and all present participating, the discussion was informative and animated yet amiable. Refreshments, continuously available, were served during the Roundtable discussion. The ready acceptance of a suggestion that additional discussion/lecture programs be offered by JESNY reflects the participants’ satisfaction with the event.


Participants at the Roundtable discussion


Carol Barbara and Craig Eliasson

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The National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio

The National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation was organized in 1973 with the goal of making national heroes of the men and women whose life's work has changed the world. The first year Thomas Alva Edison was the sole inductee. John Ericsson was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1993 for Propelling Steam Vessels, Patent No. 588. "Ericsson's most enduring invention was the screw propeller, which is still the main form of marine propulsion."

Inez & Leif Brisfjord of John Ericsson Society, New York visited The National Inventors Hall of Fame, in Akron, Ohio on August 3, 2007.


National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio
 


Heidi Gray, Visitor Experience Coordinator
and
Inez Brisfjord, John Ericsson Society, New York
 

Alfred Nobel
(Worked with John Ericsson for a year in New York)
 


John Ericsson

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Celebrating John Ericsson's Birthday, Tuesday, July 31, 2007
 


Captain John Ericsson
 


Visitors

The John Ericsson Society, New York and the Greenpoint Monitor Museum annually commemorate John Ericsson's birthday, July 31, 1803, with a ceremony at the John Ericsson monument in Battery Park, Lower Manhattan, NYC. In recognition of the importance of this event Eliot Spitzer, Governor of the State of New York, and Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York, proclaimed July 31, 2007 as John Ericsson Day respectively in the State of New York and in the City of New York. The Proclamations were presented during the program.

The program opened with music played on period instrument - a song written in 1862 for John Ericsson and the Monitor, "Oh! Give us a Navy of Iron" - and closed with "Sailors Hornpipe".

Free version of "Oh! Give Us a Navy of Iron" on the Internet:
http://www.pdmusic.org/civilwar2/62oguanoi.mid

Free version of "Sailors Hornpipe" on the Internet:
http://wilstar.com/midi/sailpipe.htm

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Creativity Contest, June 11, 2007

On June 11, 2007 the John Ericsson Society presented its CREATIVITY CONTEST awards to the students of JHS 126 - the John Ericsson School. It has been a tradition of the Society to sponsor its Creativity Contest at JHS 126 for the past years. There were 8 winning students. Three Award Winners and One Honorable Mention in both an Artwork Category and a Writing Category. The six Award Winners received a $50.00 check and a rosette. The two Honorable Mention Winners received a rosette.

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George Charles Simpson
1926 – 2007

George C. Simpson, Vice-president of John Ericsson Society, New York, died on May 2, 2007 after a long illness. A Memorial Service was held at Grace Lutheran Church, Yorktown Heights, New York on June 30, at 11:00 AM.

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John Ericsson Memorial Celebration, Washington D.C. June 2, 2007, including Visit to House of Sweden
          PROGRAM .pdf          BROCHURE .pdf


A big surprise - Maricia Taylor Seifert joined the Celebration. (Fourth from the left.)
She is great-granddaughter of Samuel W. Taylor, who was the Personal Secretary of John Ericsson for almost 30 years.

As a special Centennial Anniversary Event members of the John Ericsson Society, New York joined members and friends in Washington, D.C. for a John Ericsson Memorial Celebration on Saturday June 2, 2007. The group assembled at the new Swedish Embassy - House of Sweden for a tour then proceeded to to the John Ericsson Memorial, located in the National Mall and Memorial Parks for a ceremony and placement of a wreath.

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Military Sealift Command Oiler Wins SECNAV Environmental Award, May 27, 2007


USNS John Ericsson (T-AO 194)

News about USNS John Ericsson from Captain Robert T. Wiley (member, John Ericsson Society, New York)

Fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Ericsson (T-AO 194)won a fiscal year 2006 Secretary of the Navy Environmental Quality Award.

The 678-foot ship, currently operating out of Pearl Harbor and crewed by 81 civil service mariners and a military detachment of 23 Sailors, was cited for its crew’s work in preventing pollution; ensuring readiness in responding to environmental issues; conserving resources; and complying with environmental regulations.

The Secretary of the Navy Environmental awards program recognizes Navy and Marine Corps individuals, teams, ships and installations for exceptional environmental stewardship.

In ALNAV Message 029/07, released March 30, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Installations and Environment B.J. Penn extended his personal congratulations to the winners. “Your accomplishments are outstanding in their own right and exemplify the Department of the Navy’s commitment to environmental stewardship,” Penn stated.

“We are extremely pleased to be recognized for our environmental efforts,” said Capt. Robert T. Wiley, the ship’s civil service master. “Every mariner that reports aboard receives additional training on our environmental program, which is to prevent pollution, ensure response readiness, conserve resources and comply with regulatory requirements.”.

USNS John Ericsson is one of 14 fleet replenishment oilers providing fuel to Navy combat ships and for aircraft aboard aircraft carriers. Military Sealift Command operates approximately 110 noncombatant, civilian-crewed ships that replenish U.S. Navy ships, chart ocean bottoms, conduct undersea surveillance, strategically preposition combat cargo at sea around the world, and move military equipment and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces.

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sun21 makes historic arrival in New York Harbor, May, 8, 2007

Photo: Leif Brisfjord
sun21

John Ericsson Society, New York hails the first Ocean crossing of a solar boat

“The time is ripe for the broad use of solar technology in navigation." This was demonstrated by the journey of the solar boat "sun21" from Basel to Chipiona, Spain to New York, which thereby became the first entirely solar-powered boat to cross the Atlantic. This historic event was especially significant for the John Ericsson Society, New York.

From time to time an inventor comes along who transforms an entire industry, forever changing its principal product and stimulating the development of technology. Such a man was Captain John Ericsson. His inventions, notably incorporated in the Civil War battleship USS Monitor, marked a turning point in shipbuilding and transformed the maritime industry. He spent the last thirty years of his life in research on solar energy and the design of solar engines. An engineer  and inventor of the 19th century, his research and innovations in solar energy are relevant to 21st century issues.

The Welcome Ceremonies for sun21 were held at North Cove Marina in Manhattan on May 8, 2007 at 3:00PM. The marina is within walking distance of both the site of John Ericsson's home in 36 Beach Street on the roof of which he constructed an observatory for his solar energy research; and also of Battery Park in which stands his memorial statue.

It was a warm day, bright and breezy. After the formal speeches of welcome, brief remarks about daily life and research aboard by the crew, and a musical interlude by a string quartet that included two crew members, the crew conversed informally with the guests and welcomed small groups aboard the deck of sun21.

Members of John Ericsson Society, New York were present - Inez and Leif Brisfjord, Olov Johannesson, Janice and George Weinmann. The Society presented to the crew a Swedish ship's flag and copies of a commemorative brochure especially designed for the occasion.


Solar Engine. Design, John Ericsson
 


New York
 

Swiss Vessel Completes the First Transatlantic Crossing By A Solar Powered Boat

"sun21", the solar powered catamaran developed and sponsored by the Swiss transatlantic21 Association, travelled more than 7,000 nautical miles to make its historic arrival at  Manhattan's North Cove Marina on May 8, 2007.

Solar boats are vessels with electric engines powered by photovoltaic cells. They transform photovoltaic energy into mobility. sun21 demonstrated a practical application of this advanced technology. Environmentally friendly, solar energy can be used to power ocean-going commercial vessels as well as leisure boats. The technology is available.

sun21 had a crew of five: Mark
Wüst (Captain and Ship builder), Michael Thonney (Skipper), Martin G. Vosseler, (Doctor and Environmentalist), Beat von Scarpatetti, (Historian), and David Senn (Biologist). It was christened at the Rhine Harbor of Basel, Switzerland on October 16, and began the ocean crossing from Chipiona, Spain on December 3, 2006.

At 6:30 PM on May 8, following the welcome festivities for sun21 at North Cove Marina in Manhattan, transatlantic21, the Swiss association that developed the solar boat, celebrated the historic ocean crossing and launched the World Clean Energy Awards with a Gala Event at Broad Street Ballroom. Simon Estes and I Salonisti provided the music. The sun21 crew, the Consul General of Switzerland, Dr. Daniela Schlettwein of transatlantic21 Association participated, among many others.

The World Clean Energy Awards program was developed by transatlantic21 to honor and encourage applications of clean energy in seven categories: Construction, Transport, Production (agriculture, mining, etc.), Services, Finance and Investment, Policy and Lawmaking, Non-Governement organizations and initiatives. The first winners will be announced on June 15, 2007 in Basel, Switzerland.

Explorers Club, Reception and Lecture

In celebration of the Historic Transatlantic Crossing of Solar Boat sun21, Rolex Watch USA hosted a reception and lecture at the Explorers Club, New York on Thursday, May 10, 2007, 6:30 PM. Two crew members, Martin G. Vosseler (Doctor and Environmentalist) and Beat von Scarpatetti, (Historian) gave a formal lecture on the wonders and challenges of the journey.


 


http://www.transatlantic21.org

John Ericsson Society, New York
Welcomes
 Transatlantic21 Association
"sun21"
May 8, 2007

Brochure, .PDF

Photo: Leif Brisfjord
Hudson River and New Jersey
 

Photo: Leif Brisfjord
North Cove Marina, Battery Park City, Manhattan

Photo: Olov Johannesson
Marc Wüst

Photo: Leif Brisfjord
The Crew of sun21
Who is Who
 

Photo: Leif Brisfjord
Michel Thonney
at
The Explorers Club, New York
 

Photo: Leif Brisfjord
Dr. Martin Vosseler
at
The Explorers Club, New York


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Annual Dinner, John Ericsson Society, New York, March 29, 2007

Photo: Leif Brisfjord
Swedish Consul General, New York, Ulf Hjertonsson

Photo: Brian G. Andersson
Leif G. Brisfjord, President
 

Photo: Leif Brisfjord
Kjell Lagerström, President emeritus and Honorary Member


At the Table
 


Brian G. Andersson, Commissioner of Records, New York City
reading
The Mayor's Proclamation in honor of John Ericsson
on
July 31, 2007

The New York City Proclamation 2007

Photo: Leif Brisfjord
Linnea and Eric Törnqvist

John Ericsson Society 100 years.

The group, which eventually became the John Ericsson Society, was formed on March 31, 1894 when the American Society of Swedish Engineers appointed a special committee called the John Ericsson Memorial Association. The purpose was to honor and celebrate the newly erected statue of John Ericsson in Battery Park in New York City. In 1905, the Association participated in the parade celebrating the completion of the second John Ericsson statue which replaced the first. It was completed for the centennial celebration of John Ericsson’s birth. In 1907, the Association became an independent society, initially called Captain John Ericsson Memorial of Swedish Engineers, later renamed the John Ericsson Society and  incorporated under the laws of New York in 1934. 

In celebration of the centennial of the John Ericsson Society, the Swedish Consul General and Mrs. Ulf Hjertonsson hosted several members and guests of the Society at a magnificent dinner on March 29, 2007 in their residence at 600 Park Avenue. In his welcoming remarks, the Consul General stressed the value and importance of the Society in honoring and preserving the memory of John Ericsson in the US as well as in Sweden. The guest of honor, Brian G. Andersson, Commissioner of Records, read the  Mayor’s Proclamation of a day in honor of John Ericsson on July 31. Leif Brisfjord, President of the Society, gave a review of the Society’s activities.  In addition, he announced that Kjell Lagerstrom had been elected an Honorary Member, in thanks for his long tenure (26 years) as President and his significant work for the Society. Among the dinner guests were several long-time members, including Erik Tornqvist, former president of the American Society of Swedish Engineers, and his wife Linnea., Spanton C Ashdown, former Lt. Commander  representing the US Navy, Dolores Swanson whose daughter Alexandra is the Society’s Editor in USA and Sweden, Janice and husband George Weinmann representing the Greenpoint Monitor Museum in Brooklyn and  Julius J. Eingoren, the member of the longest standing. He has been a member in since 1949.


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Official opening of Monitor Center, The Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia, March 9, 2007

Photo: Leif Brisfjord
Plaque Presented
by
John Ericsson Society, New York and John Ericsson
Sällskapet, Sweden
Made by AB Sporrong, Stockholm, Sweden, 2007

"As President of the John Ericsson Society,
I am Pleased, Proud, Privileged,
To Present this Plaque,
to the Mariners’ Museum,
In commemoration of the establishment
of the USS Monitor Center"

March 9th, 2007.

  Leif G. Brisfjord

The Plaque was designed by Alexandra Svernlöv, Leif Brisfjord, Kjell Lagerström, Sporrong, and manufactured by Sporrong. It shows a copy of of the John Ericsson Gold Medal made by AB Sporrong 1993, received by Harry Ferdinand Olson 1994. The copy of the Gold Medal was donated by IVA, The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.  Sporrong was founded 1666 and made the first John Ericsson Gold Medal in 1926 when the John Ericsson Washington Memorial was unveiled. Svante A. Arrhenius, who was also a Nobel Prize Laureate, received this first John Ericsson Gold Medal.

 
John Ericsson Gold Medal Ceremony
Kjell Lagerström, Baltzar von Platen, and Price Bertil, 1974

Photo: Leif Brisfjord
Jeff Johnston, John Broadwater, John B. Hightower, Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Timotey Kaine, and Joe Frank
 

Photo: Leif Brisfjord
John Quarstein, Guide and Anna Gibson Holloway, Chief Curator

Photo: Leif Brisfjord
Officers room on USS Monitor
 

Photo: Leif Brisfjord
William Finlayson, Descendant

Photo: Leif Brisfjord
The USS Monitor Museum, Newport News, VA
 

Photo: Leif Brisfjord
"The Battle at Hampton Roads"

Mariner's Museum and USS Monitor Center in Newport News, VA

News from Newport News, VA, June 11, 2006, The Mariners Museum, Christening Ceremony of the USS MONITOR Replica


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Annual Meeting, John Ericsson Society, New York, January 31, 2007

Photo: Kjell Lagerström
Leif G. Brisfjord, President
 

Photo: Kjell Lagerström
Louis Hills and Span Ashdown, Members
 

Louis Hills made an presentation of the development of boat-propellers by John Ericsson and other inventors.

The newly elected Historian, Dr. Janet Greene made a short presentation on The Library of The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York and what the Library can do for the Society.

Lars Nilsen presented a copy of an article in Nordstjernan-Svea dated August 18, 1977 as a gift to the Society. The article refers to the annual ceremonies celebrating John Ericsson's birthday on July 31 at the statue in Battery Park and some of the people present: Donald Peterson, President; Pastor Ingvar Oreback; Sten Tersmeden, Consul General; Harry Clifford, Historian; Erik Tornqvist, Swedish Engineers; Gladys Erikson-Kimalehto, Varmlandsvannerna; and Alice Hendela, Vasa Lodge in NJ.


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News & Events 2006


John Ericsson Society, New York celebrates its Second Century


John Ericsson Society, New York celebrates its Second Century


John Ericsson Society, New York celebrates its Second Century