Sam Farag is seeking a Staten Island port for his historic nautical collection
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Sam Farag's ship of dreams is searching for a port.
In semi-retirement from his Rosebank business, Worldwide Electronics Corp., Farag is the proud owner of hundreds of historically significant pieces of nautical navigation and communication equipment. And he wants nothing more than to share that history — and his passion — with Staten Islanders.
He has the equipment, volumes of documentation, PowerPoint presentations and 36 years of engineering knowledge and experience to share.
All he needs is four walls to make his dream come true.
"I don't have the home yet,'' he laments, noting that he offers tours of his small Bay Street office-turned-gallery by appointment. "Three years ago, I started thinking 'What should I do with all of this equipment?' A museum was the perfect answer. Why not have this for my legacy?"
It was then he started the paperwork, began preserving and repairing some of his more historic pieces, and got his "baby" in the works.
Farag, whose given name is Samir, temporarily manages his not-for-profit Museum of Maritime Navigation and Communication from his tiny first-floor Rosebank office. There, he's the proud docent to everything from sextants to radar equipment, satellite navigators, depth finders and transmitter radios — the oldest receiver dating back to 1939.
And he happily takes his knowledge on the road, traveling to schools to share his enthusiasm for all things navigation.
Inside his temporary exhibit space, Farag tinkers with dials, ex....