Join National Lighthouse Museum For Port Newark And The Origins Of Container Shipping Tonight

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PORT NEWARK and the Origins of Container Shipping – Program and book signing with author Angus Gillespie 

Thursday, November 10, 2022 @ 6pm Attend From Anywhere! In Person and Online.

Container shipping is a vital part of the global economy.

Goods from all around the world, from vegetables to automobiles, are placed in large metal containers which are transported across the ocean in ships, then loaded onto tractor-trailers and railroad flatbeds.

But when and where did this world-changing invention get started?


This fascinating study traces the birth of containerization to Port Newark, New Jersey, in 1956 when trucker Malcom McLean thought of a brilliant new way to transport cargo.

Click here to purchase tickets (Members and Virtual attendees $5, in-person non-members $10)

Banner Image: Event flyer with book phone. Image Credit – National Lighthouse Museum


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National Lighthouse Museum

The National Lighthouse Museum’s Board of Trustees, Advisors and FRIENDS are dedicated to the full development of the National Lighthouse Museum on the site of the US Light House Service General Depot on Staten Island from 1864 to 1939. Partnering with government agencies, non-profits, corporations, foundations, and other organizations, we will work to promote and support historical, educational, cultural, recreational, and other related activities at the site, while maintaining the navigational significance and maritime heritage of lighthouses throughout the world. The Mission is in consonance with the Purposes of the National Lighthouse Museum as they are documented in Article II of the museum by-laws:

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