Submitted by Nikki Guardiano, Mystic Seaport, May 27, 2015:
I wanted to let you know about a new video we’ve launched this morning for Mystic Seaport which goes behind the scenes on an exhibit which follows the historic 38th voyage of the 1841 Whaleship Charles W. Morgan.
This immersive and interactive exhibit is designed to weave together global stories of whales, whaling and whale research showcasing America’s historic and contemporary relationship with whales and whaling. The exhibit will open on June 20th at Mystic Seaport located in Mystic, CT.
To view the video please visit: http://stories.mysticseaport.org/voyaging-wake-whalers/
WAVERTREE, South Street Seaport, New York
We have great news! WAVERTREE, a cargo ship built in 1885 and crown jewel of the Museum’s fleet, will leave for shipyard Thursday, May 21st at 12:30pm to undergo a massive New York City-funded stabilization and restoration project — the largest project of its kind undertaken in recent U.S. history. The 130-year-old ship, built of riveted wrought iron, is archetypal of the sailing cargo ships of the latter half of the 19th century that would line South Street by the dozens at a time, giving it the moniker the “Street of Ships.”
This $9 million-plus stabilization and restoration project, to be undertaken at Caddell Drydock and Repair in Staten Island, will address critical long-term preservation of the ship, and will lay the groundwork for the re-rigging of WAVERTREE back at South Street upon her return in 2016. The WAVERTREE stabilization and restoration project is a key part of South Street Seaport Museum’s plan to revitalize the Lower Manhattan waterfront and highlight the meaningful historic connections of this important part of New York.
I hope that you will join me, Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, and other City officials, in a celebratory send-off on May 21, 2015 at 12:30pm on Pier 15.
Submitted by Jonathan Boulware, Executive Director of South Street Seaport Museum
BECUNA and OLYMPIA, Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Independence Seaport Director John Brady shared some good news this morning.
According to a May 15 article on philly.com:
The Independence Seaport Museum announced Thursday that it had received four gifts totaling $13.9 million, more than doubling its endowment and marking one of the largest gift totals ever made to the Penn’s Landing institution, founded in 1960.
John Brady, head of the museum for four years, called the contributions “an endorsement” of the museum’s direction, which he characterized as akin to “a transformation.”
The gifts announced were $4.5 million from newly elected board chair Peter McCausland; $4.4 million from longtime museum supporter Peter R. Kellogg; $3 million from H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, owner of Philadelphia Media Network and publisher of The Inquirer; and $2 million from an anonymous contributor.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150515_Major_gifts_double_Seaport_Museum_s_endowment.html#JF1U5rPQkIcZp4wc.99
Capitol Museum Service’s installation team of Bobby Boswell and Tom Mills, with Sam Heed (in the yellow jersey), just finishing the exhibit
The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation (KNF) proudly announces the opening of a new permanent model ship exhibit called WATERCRAFT OF THE WORLD. This new exhibit will be a permanent feature of the Foundation’s new education center, which is part of brand-new Copeland Maritime Center, located at the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation shipyard at 1124 East Seventh Street, Wilmington, DE, 19801.
The Forney Collection, called WATERCRAFT OF THE WORLD, consists of 72 model ships and boats gathered from around the world by Bob and Marilyn Forney during 40 years of extensive travels. The collection features models from more than 60 foreign “lands” (Antarctica to Vietnam, Sulawesi to Skopelos), ship and boats from all six continents and all seven oceans, models representing originals from the 16th century BC to the 20th century AD. The collection focuses on sailing and human-powered craft, with an emphasis on non-warships and indigenous craftsmanship.
Robert Forney, the collector of WATERCRAFT OF THE WORLD, surrounded by his three grandsons
Sam Heed, Senior Historian & Director of Education for KNF, invites you to come see this new maritime educational resource. “I’m pleased to say we opened to rave reviews, and it has been a privilege to bring this extraordinary collection to ‘kids of all ages.’ For those of us in the maritime education business, this is a special resource that can take us anywhere we want to go.”
For more information on the opening of the new Copeland Maritime Center.
You will have a chance to visit the new center and its exhibit when the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation hosts CAMM’s 2016 Annual Conference next April 25-27.
Courtesy Maine Maritime Museum
In celebration of our new exhibit opening July 26, Lobstering & The Maine Coast, our new friends at Bar Harbor Seafood/Boston Lobster Feast are donating their famous Lobstermobile to Maine Maritime Museum for an active retirement here in Maine!
The Lobstermobile left Orlando, Florida, May 13th, and will be making several stops for photo ops along the way:
Friday: Savannah, Myrtle Beach, Richmond
Sunday: Philadelphia and NYC
The Lobstermobile is scheduled to arrive at MMM some time Tuesday afternoon. They will cruise down Front Street, Bath on the way to the museum, and we’ll be hosting a welcome home and retirement party once it arrives!
They will keep us updated as they make their way to Maine, and we’ll be posting lots of updates to social media. Those of you who are out-of-state, see if you can catch it on the way north. For those of you in Miane, join us Tuesday afternoon for a party to welcome the Lobstermobile!
Stay tuned and check our facebook page for more details…
Submitted on May 13, 2015, by Amy Lent, Executive Director, Maine Maritime Museum