Maritime Transportation Expert to Present at Mystic Seaport

Mystic, Conn. ~ Brent Dibner, president of Dibner Maritime Associates LLC , will present “Towpath to Barge Canal†at the Greenmanville Church at Mystic Seaport Saturday, March 20, from 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon.

Dibner’s presentation details the history of the Erie Canal from the early 1700s to modern day canal traffic and provides in-depth information that complements the Museum’s newest exhibition, Building America’s Canals, a hands-on traveling exhibit from the National Canal Museum. Topics include how the Erie Canal was built; along the towpath with mud, manure and crossing towlines; commodities shipped on the canal; the opening of the West via the canal; the men, women and children who worked the barges and how Irish immigrant workers eventually become tugboat owners and captains in the port of New York.

As President of Dibner Maritime Associates LLC, Dibner has assisted a wide range of clients in developing effective strategies and operational programs to compete and grow in global and domestic transportation, logistics, and commodity-based marketplaces. He holds a B.S. in naval architecture and marine engineering from the University of Michigan, an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and has designed merchant and naval ships in the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel.

Coffee and morning snacks will be available.

Tickets are $10 (in addition to Museum admission) and can be purchased online at or by calling 860.572.5322. Museum members will be admitted for free.

Founded in 1929, Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum and features tall ships, a re-created 19th-century village, exhibits and a planetarium. The Museum is located one mile south of exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT, and is open Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit or call 888.973.2767.

By Professional Mariner Staff