Friday, March 2, 2012

"Captain Paul Delano, an American seaman in the Independence of Chile" 7:00 p.m. on April 25th @ the Barney Library

Director’s College

We are very honored to have Jorge Delano speak about his ancestral connections to Presidents Roosevelt and especially learn about Captain Paul Delano. Jorge will discuss his book, a biography; "Captain Paul Delano, the founder of the Delano family in Chile", and in October 2010, his essay "Captain Paul Delano, an American seaman in the Independence of Chile"  Jorge received the Chilean Independence Bicentennial Naval History first prize from the Naval Museum in Valparaiso for his work.  I have inserted a pfrefect to the talk and hope you will join me in welcoming Jorge on April 25, 2012.

Jorge Delano Graduated a Midshipman from the Chilean Naval Academy in 1954. In 1956 he enrolled at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He graduated from the School of Business Administration with a BBA in 1959. In 2003 he obtained a Master of Arts in American Studies at Trinity College, Hartford, CT.

Captain Paul Delano (1775-1842)

"Paul Delano was born in Fairhaven, Township of Dartmouth, county of Bristol, in present day Massachusetts on June 15, 1775. His parents were Nathan Delano and Sarah Tripp, both of Dartmouth. The sea fascinated Paul, the thirteenth child of the marriage, from a very early age. By the time he became a young man he had proven himself capable and worthy enough to be given command of a ship. On April 13, 1800, at the age of 25, Paul married Ann Ferguson in his hometown of Dartmouth. In 1803 he and his small family moved to New York City.

In the years he was based in New York, an American mecca of mercantile shipping, Paul Delano, as captain of grand sailing cargo vessels, carried out the long and treacherous transatlantic crossings to European ports. The War of 1812 forced Delano into temporary retirement with his family on a farm in the New Jersey countryside, there being very little trade carried out by merchant shipping during this conflict due to the British blockade of the American ports.

In the meantime the Spanish colonies, from Mexico to Tierra del Fuego, had been warring with their mother country for independence under the leadership of various regional military leaders. General Bernardo O’Higgins, Supreme Director of Chile, on March 8, 1817, appointed Don Manuel H. Aguirre, a citizen of the United Provinces of Rio de la Plata, Special Envoy to the United States of America. Aguirre sailed from Buenos Aires on May 20, 1817. Upon arriving in New York in July of 1817, Aguirre contracted with the noted shipyard of Forman Cheeseman, established at Corlear’s Hook on the banks of the East River in Manhattan, for the construction of a warship of 700 tons. Aguirre contracted, simultaneously, with the brothers Adam and Noah Brown, also prominent shipwrights of the day, to construct another vessel of similar design and tonnage. A year and many complicated difficulties later, in July of 1818, both frigates were launched and towed from Corlear’s Hook to their temporary moorings in the North River (Hudson River) for outfitting. Now Aguirre began feverishly hiring seasoned naval officers and crew with the help of a local notary, Mr. Aaron H. Palmer. Palmer was qualified in drawing up the legal documents necessary for the hiring of officers and crew. Two experienced seamen were selected and hired to command the new ships, Captain Paul Delano and Captain Joseph Skinner.

The two ships were officially annotated in the New York Registry of vessels on July 30 and 31, 1818, with the number designations of 203 and 204 respectively, under the names of “Curiazo” and “Horatio.”  Please note  and attend this exciting  April 25th event........