Charles Cushing, naval architect: Oral History

Charles Cushing helped rescue the MARY WHALEN in 1968

Hear notable marine engineer and architect Dr. Charles R. Cushing talk about the rescue of the MARY A. WHALEN.  Cushing has played a significant role in maritime history during 60+ years, including being one of the architects of containerization.

In 1968 he founded his own firm, C. R. Cushing & Co., an international firm of naval architects and marine engineers (still going strong today). One of his first jobs has had lasting repercussions – helping to free the MARY A. WHALEN when she went aground off the Rockaways just before Christmas, 1968.

PortSide’s Jenny Kane interviewed Cushing about that job, at his offices nearly 50 years later.


Photo of the MARY’s famous grounding in 1968 which resulted in the significant 1975 Supreme Court ruling U.S. vs Reliable Transfer.

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