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New Round of Maritime Heritage Grants Begins May 15th

The Maritime Museum Association received $192, 794 for the replacement of the Sailing Ship Star of India's weather decks in the last round of grants. Photo courtesy of Maritime Museum Association of San Diego

The Maritime Museum Association received $192,794 for the replacement of the Star of India’s weather decks in the last round of grants. Photo courtesy of Maritime Museum Association of San Diego

Applications will be available and accepted for 2015 Maritime Heritage Grants between May 15 and August 3, 2015. A total of $1.7 million will be available. Applicants may request $50,000-$200,000 for preservation projects, or $15,000-$50,000 for education projects.

For more information visit the NPS 2015 Grant Program and Application Information.

Member Update – South Street Seaport Museum

WAVERTREE, South Street Seaport, New York

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


Member Update – Independence Seaport Museum

BECUNA and OLYMPIA, Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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

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.


Member Update – Kalmar Nyckel Foundation

Capitol Museum Service’s installation team of Bobby Boswell and Tom Mills, with Sam Heed (in the yellow jersey), just finishing the exhibit

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

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.

Member Update – Maine Maritime Museum


Courtesy Maine Maritime Museum

In celebration of our new exhibit opening July 26Lobstering & 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

Saturday: D.C.

Sunday: Philadelphia and NYC

Monday: Boston

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

Penobscot Marine Museum Seeks Input on Fisheries Database

Courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

Courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

At the recent CAMM meeting Cipperly Good let the membership know that we are at work on imaging and cataloging the 25,000 or so photographs in the National Fisherman collection. This is a visual document of the American fishery from about 1950 to 2000. We hope to have 5,000 images up this summer and will have special pages for these on our web site.

The collection contains material from all over the country, from the Gulf shrimp industry to Bering Sea king crabbers, from California salmon trollers to the Maine lobster industry.

Since the numbers of images in some categories is likely to grow into the hundreds if not thousands I have been thinking about prepackaging some searches on the overall website. And here I can use help because I don’t know what people want to know about fisheries outside of Maine. How do CAMM members address these? These could take the form of drop down lists: regions, craft, species, and/or themes that people might be curious about such as Deadliest Catch.

Please download and review this working spreadsheet of search and subjects. Note the subject headings and search terms that are currently in use that are especially relevant to National Fisheries. Also note the question about regionalization. Comments, additions and clarifications would be welcome. Please email them to me at <> 

Submitted by Ben Fuller, Penobscot Marine Museum