"History of Iceboating on the Navesink -- Thomas Edison Film Documentary"

October 28, 2009 Chan Irwin - Wed. Monmouth Beach Cultural Center, 730 pm

Chan described the history and the people involved in iceboating and Edison’s interest in filming this sport. He showed showed 20 minutes of Edison silent films that captured iceboating on the Navesink River in the very early 1900's.

As a special treat he showed the overflow crowd of almost 100 attendees the van Nostrand Iceboating Challenge Cup. This extraordinary and priceless piece of Tiffany craftsmanship is rarely available for viewing and being able to touch this piece of art was a wonderful experience for everybody.

February 4, 2010 7:00 - 9:00 pm The Atrium at Navesink Harbor Red Bank

The Atrium at Navesink Harbor was the scene of an encore presentation of our “History of Boating on the Navesink” and the Thomas Edison iceboating film clips from 1901-1904, presented by Chan Irwin of Red Bank. The members of Navesink Harbor and the public were treated to a review of our area's nautical history and heritage and the unique documentary by Thomas Edison created in Red Bank from 1901 to 1904.

Chan Irwin also exhibited the classic antique model of the “Georgie” sailed by Capt. Irwin in the late 1800's and early 1900's in Red Bank. A special display was the Tiffany silver cup – the von Nostrand trophy – created in 1890 as trophy for competition between Hudson river and Red Bank yacht clubs. This trophy was created by Tiffany using lost technique of relief carving, therefore estimated as priceless antique, is the possession of the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat Yacht Club that has won the trophy four times since 1890.


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Navesink Maritime Heritage Association is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving knowledge and appreciation of Monmouth County's maritime heritage through programs that teach wooden boat building and boat handling skills; through preserving the history of Monmouth County's wooden boat builders and other maritime history; and through the experiental on-the-water programs of River Rangers for middle school children and Sea Scout Ship Navesink for co-ed youth age 14-21.

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