Peter Neill

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Peter Neill is the current Director of the World Ocean Observatory and a graduate of Stanford University.[1] Previously President of the South Street Seaport Museum from 1985-2005, Neill has always maintained an interest in the future of the oceans. In addition to being an author and editor for American Sea Writing: a literary anthology,[2] Neill is also a regular contributor for a blog on the Huffington Post.[3]

Neill has always been a strong proponent of maritime education. During his time at the South Street Seaport Museum, he devoted a third of the museum's budget to the New York City schools,[4] and presently is Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Ocean Classroom Foundation.[5]


Neill lives in Sedgwick, Maine, with his wife Mary Barnes, who is an artist and President of the Blue Hill Heritage Trust.[6]


  • (author) "Once and Future Ocean, Notes Toward a New Hydraulic Society" (Leete's Island Books, 2016)
  • (author) "3" (Leete's Island Books, 2013)
  • (author) "Walking Around South Street: Discoveries in New York's Old Shipping District (Leete's Island Books, 2000)
  • (editor) American Sea Writing: a literary anthology (Library of America, 2000)
  • (author) "On a Painted Ocean: Art of the Seven Seas" (New York University Press, 1995)
  • (author) "Maritime America: Art and Artifacts from America's Great Nautical Collections" (Balsam Press, 1988)
  • (author) "Mock Turtle Soup" (Grossman Publishers, 1972"


  1. ^ "World Ocean Observatory - Welcome". Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Siren Songs". Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Peter Neill". Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Russel Shorto (12 September 2004). "The Future of the Past". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Archived from the original on May 10, 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Barnes Elected President of Blue Hill Heritage Trust". The Ellsworth American. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 

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