Kneeland Whiting, of Beach Haven, never knew his maternal grandfather, Samuel Ward Stanton.

The marine artist, who specialized in steamships, died April 15, 1912, a doomed second-class passenger on the Titanic.

Stanton’s pen-and-ink drawings are displayed throughout Whiting’s home, but one will soon be on view at Richard Stockton College in Galloway Township. Whiting, 81, has donated a depiction of the steamship Richard Stockton to the college.

Stanton, who was 42 when he died, was returning from studying art in France and from researching the setting in Spain of the Washington Irving book “Tales of the Alhambra.” He’d been contracted to paint a mural for the Hudson River Day Line’s new passenger ship named for Irving.

“He wrote my grandmother and said he had the chance to come back on a new ship, which is unsinkable,” Whiting said. That letter is now in the Mariner’s Museum in Norfolk, Va.

Stanton grew up in a shipbuilding family in Newburgh, N.Y. By the time he was 18, his drawings were published in magazines. His work was compiled in an 1895 book, “American Steam Vessels,” still available today.

Whiting was a professor of accounting at Middlesex County College and ran the seasonal Holiday Snack Bar in Beach Haven for decades. In 2000, the Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven put on a production of “Titanic,” and Whiting and his wife had parts as passengers. But he is not a fan of the movie.

“It’s one of the phoniest I ever saw,” he said. “It’s just a love story, that’s all.”

Advertising notables

Two students from Somers Point helped the Johnson & Wales University College of Business Ad Team to a third-place finish in the American Advertising Federation's National Student Advertising Competition held in early June in Austin, Texas. They are 2009 Mainland Regional High School graduate Rob Erskine and 2010 Mainland graduate Tricia Springfield.

The team, based at Johnson & Wales in Providence, R.I., was one of 19 chosen to compete in nationwide finals, out of 153 teams competing at the district level. The challenge was to create a full advertising campaign for Nissan USA.

Sea Isle City dog show

Dozens of dogs and handlers, such as Rocky the teacup terrier and master Eileen Piombino, of Sea Isle City, will compete in Sea Isle’s 2012 Paws in the Park Dog Show Contest at 7 p.m. June 26 at Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard and Pleasure Avenue. Registration applications can be downloaded at www.seaislecitynj.us.

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