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Museum Small Craft Association Annual Meeting

Museum Small Craft Association Annual Meeting

Monday, October 5 – Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St Michaels, Maryland

The 2015 Museum Small Craft Association Meeting will be held Monday, October 5 and Tuesday, October 6 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in Saint Michaels, Maryland. Museum small craft professionals and others who share an interest in small boat conservation and restoration, skills preservation, documentation, history, interpretation and research are invited.Presentations and discussions on a variety of small craft and museum related topics will include:

  • Schooner Hebride 2, Roger Marsters, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
  • International Small Craft Renaissance, Lance Lee,  Scholarshipwrights
  • Monomoy Drill Boat, Al Klineberger, Dover Falls Foundation
  • Deaccession Decisions, Craig Bruns and Mark Donohue,  Independence Seaport
  • Strategic Acquisitions, Lyles Forbes, Mariners Museum
  • New Boat Shop, Michael Jones, Pinellas County Living Museum
  • Edna Lockwood Project Planning,  Michael Jones, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
  • Edna Lockwood Documentation, Todd Croteau, National Park Service
  • MSCA 40th anniversary, Past Present and Future of Small Craft, Moderator David Cockey
  • Howard Chapelle (1901-1975) His Legacy Today, Pete Lesher, CBMM, and others

Other activities will include a Behind the Scenes Tour of the museum’s working boat yard and the curatorial areas, and a field trip to a local boatbuilder and the museum’s offsite boat storage area. Participants will be able to report on their institutions and organizations during Museum Reports. Monday evening will feature a cruise on the Miles River aboard the museum’s buyboat, Winnie Estelle, followed by dinner at the nearby Town Dock restaurant. Lunches will be provided on both days. There will also be time for informal discussions and to tour the museum


The registration fee is $85 and includes lunch both days, the Monday evening cruise on the Winnie Estelle, and dinner Monday at the Town Dock restaurant. Guests of meeting participants will be accommodated on the cruise on a space available basis, and may join the dinner Mondayevening for $35. To register send the attached form with made by check made out to Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum to: CBMM, 213 North Talbot St, St Michaels, MD 21663  attn: Richard Scofield. For payment by credit card registration call Patti Miller, CBMM accountant, at 410-745-4954. Please register by September 25 if possible.

MSCA 2015 Registration Form


The museum has reserved a block of rooms for MSCA meeting participants from Sunday night through Tuesday night at the St Michaels Inn (formerly Best Western St Michaels) which is 2 miles from the museum. Rate is $89.99 / night. Phone number is 410-745-3333. Ask for a room in the Museum Small Craft Association block.  St Michaels also has several other inns and bed & breakfast establishments, and accommodations are also available in Easton, approximately 12 miles from the museum. Camping on the museum grounds will not be available during the MSCA Meeting.

Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival

The MSCA meeting is preceded by the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival which will be held from the afternoon of Friday, October 2 through mid-day on Sunday, October 4. Registration for MASCF is separate from MSCA Meeting registration, and MASCF participants may camp on the museum grounds for MASCF only. More information about MASCF and a link to online MASCF registration is available at

For more information about the meeting and the Museum Small Craft Association or contact David Cockey

For more information about the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum visit

Submitted by David Cockey, Museum Small Craft Association, August 25, 2015

AIC & CAC-ACCR 2016 Joint Annual Meeting & Conference: Call for Papers

The theme for the American Institute for Conservation’s 44th Annual Meeting, held jointly with the 42nd Annual Canadian Association for Conservation (CAC-ACCR) Conference, in Montreal, Canada, May 13-17, 2016, will be “Emergency! Preparing for Disasters and Confronting the Unexpected in Conservation.”

Colleagues are invited to submit abstracts that address in a broad-based way the impact of past, present, and future disasters on the protection of cultural property. In addition, papers that address confronting the unexpected in conservation whether it occurs during the treatment of an artifact or during a natural disaster are requested.

The topic can be expanded to address immediate reactions, such as the application of crowd-mapping technology to aid response efforts, or longer term developments stemming from disasters, such as the adoption of simple strategies. The unexpected may include surprises encountered along the way in any treatment and can be expanded to include all stakeholders, even future ones, who are affected by a disaster.

The review committees will be looking for abstracts related to the general theme, however other topics will be reviewed as well. In order to simplify abstract submission for all applicants, we have just launched a new online abstract submission tool! The submission portal is accessible through our abstracts page – to learn more about our Meeting Theme and read our General, Specialty, and Joint Sessions Call for Papers, visit

Submission deadline for papers is Monday, September 14, 2015. Poster abstract submissions are due Thursday, October 1st.

Learn more about the Joint Annual Meeting & Conference here:

If you have any questions, please contact Ruth Seyler at

Submitted by Katelin Lee, August 21, 2015

Early Bird Discount Extended for ICMM Conference

The “Early Bird Discount” for registration for the upcoming ICMM Conference has been extended until August 31. It appears that the U.S. has two representatives on the program. Stuart Frank, New Bedford Whaling Museum will be speaking at the “Shared HIstory” session and James Delgado, US Maritime Heritage Programme (NOAA) will be part of “Connecting the Past and Present: Maritime Archaeology.”

CAMM President Dave Pearson and Vice-President Greg Gorga will also be attending. We look forward to their report!

More Press on the Maritime Heritage Grants

Tim Runyan shared a link to Denise Krepp’s op-ed article, “The Real Facts about Maritime Heritage Grants,” in the MARITIME EXECUTIVE. Her article is a response to the MARAD administrator’s column “A Fair Accounting of the Maritime Heritage Grant Program” that appeared in yesterday’s AMERICAN SHIPPER.

Tim also reported that the STORIS Act now has six sponsors including Rep. Don Young (R-AK) who served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Although progress is being made,Tim encourages folks “to write their senators and representatives, visit local offices to express their support for STORIS.”

August 4, 2015

New Coast Guard Cutter James to Visit Home of Her Massachusetts Namesake

USCGC JOSHUA JAMES is named for the famous keeper of the Point Allerton Lifesaving Station, Hull, Masschusetts.

USCGC JAMES is named for the famous keeper of the Point Allerton Lifesaving Station, Hull, Masschusetts.

The new US Coast Guard Cutter James, at 418 ft., the largest class of strategic defense ship in the Coast Guard fleet, will visit Hull waters this Sunday, August 2nd. Named for Joshua James, the most famous and celebrated lifesaver of the US Life-Saving Service, and captain of the Point Allerton Station from 1889 to 1902, now home to the Hull Lifesaving Museum, the James is one of the newest Legend class of long-range national security cutters designed to operate anywhere around the globe. Following her sojourn in Hull waters the ship will proceed to Boston for a private commissioning ceremony on August 8th.

Excerpted from a press release submitted by Connie Leung, Hull Lifesaving Museum, July 28, 2015

Classification System for Vessel Types Sought

Lea Edgar, Librarian & Archivist at Vancouver Maritime Museum, recently queried:

I was wondering if anyone has produced a comprehensive thesaurus or vocabulary for types of vessels? I see a lot of lists out there but none seem to be very official. I am looking for a list that will include broader and narrower terms so that we can include it in a new database we are building. For  instance, I want it to include all the different types of fishing vessels. Thanks for your help.

If anyone has created such a guide, please share it with Lea at