July 14th, 2011   Moshulu, 20110714 0255 920x686

I was out on the Spirit of Philadelphia today with some friends from the office. We were invited to attended an IT Symposia featuring a number of vendors in the information security space. Before and after meeting and talking with various vendor reps we had a chance to sit out on the deck while sipping chilled drinks. The view is spectacular.

As we pulled back into the dock I noticed this ship which is also a restaurant name Moshulu. It’??s the largest wooden ship Iâ??ve ever seen. Once home I found out about itâ??s interesting history.

To paraphrase wikipedia:

The ship is originally named Kurt after Dr. Kurt Siemers, director general and president of the shipping company G. H. J. Siemers & Co. On the outbreak of World War I in 1914, Kurt was sailed to Oregon in command of captain W. Tönissen and renamed Dreadnought (“one who fears nothing”), then, because there was already a sailing ship of that name registered in the US, she was renamed the Moshulu (which had the same meaning in the Seneca language) by the First Lady of the United States and wife of President Woodrow Wilson, Edith Wilson.