Sails and Submarines: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Historian Tells Its Story

March 12, 2018
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard history and Museum Director Joseph Glukert shows off one of the museum artifacts.

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard history and Museum Director Joseph Glukert shows off one of the museum artifacts.

On Wednesday, March 28th, South Coast Senior College at York County Community  College hosts Portsmouth Naval Shipyard historian and museum director, Joseph Glueckert, for a presentation on the story, past and present, of Kittery’s legendary shipyard. The 10:00 lecture is free and open to the public.

Generations of southern  Maine residents have worked at the shipyard, but few private citizens have been past the gates of the secure facility.  Founded in 1800, PNS has played a vital part in our nation’s defense. From the days of wooden sailing vessels to nuclear submarines Maine workmanship has been the pride of the United States Navy. Indeed, nearly half of all the submarines launched during W.W. II were built in Kittery.

Joe Gluckert will talk about the shipyard’s role in times of war and peace, present a slideshow of some of the base highlights, and give a peek at some of the amazing treasures stored in the shipyard museum.

Historian Gluckert is passionate about preserving and spreading the story of the shipyard. Before being selected as PNS historian and museum director in 2014, a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, he served as historian for the 439 Airlift Wing at Westover Air Reserve Base.