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The Things We’ve Carried | Mar 2021 Member Newsletter

What are the objects that have brought you comfort, companionship, or connection? If your favorite keepsake is a product manufactured in the past 50 years, there’s a good chance that it spent part of its time getting to you inside a shipping container. During the pandemic, social media has been overrun by some of our favorite topics – sea shanties, birdwatching, and now container ships. The grounding of the 20,000-TEU Ever Given, which blocked the Suez Canal and roughly one-tenth of global sea trade, captured the world’s attention for six days. While this mega-ship plies the East Asia–Europe routes, and is 30% larger than the biggest ship we’ve ever had in New York Harbor, our New York City waterfront is deeply connected to the same global trading routes that were stopped up.