In today’s episode, Christine MacMillan speaks with Sal Mercogliano, Chair of the Department of History, Criminal Justice, and Political Science at Campbell University.

He is also an adjunct professor at US Merchant Marine Academy and a former merchant mariner. Currently, he is the host of the YouTube What’s Going On With Shipping channel and a contributor to Sea History, Naval Institute Proceedings, and Captain.

Sal shares about Robert Smalls and the Planter. By the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, Robert Smalls was an enslaved crewmember on a ship called the Planter, operating in the Charleston Harbor. The ship’s owners contracted the vessel out to the Confederate army as a transport ship, and Smalls found himself as a pilot on board the ship.

We are celebrating Black History Month all month and featuring some incredible mariners! Celebrating Black History Month is a reminder of the countless contributions and sacrifices made by black individuals. Here at Women Offshore, we believe it’s essential to come together and support each other, especially in adversity.

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