“‘Long Island’s Worst Maritime Disaster’ by author and historian Bill Bleyer

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“‘Long Island’s Worst Maritime Disaster’ by author and historian Bill Bleyer
In-person and Zoom lecture on "Long Island's Worst Maritime Disaster" by author and historian Bill Bleyer on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Lister)

A lecture on “The Sinking of the Steamboat Lexington on Long Island Sound: Long Island’s Worst Maritime Disaster” by historian, author and former Newsday reporter Bill Bleyer will be presented on Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Church at 1579 Northern Blvd. in Roslyn.

Hosted by the Roslyn Landmark Society and Trinity Episcopal Church Roslyn, the free event will be held at 3 p.m.

In this lecture, Mr. Bleyer will take attendees back in time to 1840, when the Steamboat Lexington was en route from New York City to Stonington. While on Long Island Sound, the vessel caught fire, causing the passengers and crew to attempt to abandon ship. Of the estimated 150 people on board, only four survived.

Bleyer’s book “The Sinking of the Steamboat Lexington on Long Island Sound,” will be published in May, with advance copies available at the event available for purchase.

Bill Bleyer, a prizewinning staff writer for Newsday for 33 years specializing in history and maritime issues, is the author of more than five books on Long Island history.

He is the author of “Sagamore Hill: Theodore Roosevelt’s Summer White House” (The History Press, 2016); “Fire Island Lighthouse: Long Island’s Welcoming Beacon” (The History Press, 2017); “Long Island and the Sea: A Maritime History” (The History Press, 2019); and “George Washington’s Long Island Spy Ring: A History and Tour Guide” (The History Press, 2021).

In addition, he is co-author, with Harrison Hunt, of “Long Island and the Civil War” (The History Press, 2015).

The lecture will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, a landmark church in Roslyn built in 1906 by one of America’s most famous architects, Stanford White, who had a profound impact on the look of America in the Gilded Age. The program is also available via Zoom.

The Roslyn Landmark Society is at the forefront of the preservation movement on Long Island. Its mission is to preserve and promote the rich history and historical resources in the 350-year-old Village of Roslyn and the surrounding community.

For more information on the Roslyn Landmark Society and to sign up for “The Sinking of the Steamboat on Long Island Sound: Long Island’s Worst Maritime Disaster ” lecture visit www.roslynlandmarks.org.

Trinity Episcopal Church holds Sunday church services at 10 a.m. It is a historic church, featuring Tiffany stained-glass windows. Its parish is friendly and welcoming to all. For more information, contact [email protected], (516) 621-7925 or visit http://www.trinityroslyn.org.

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