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Administrator, Council of American Maritime Museums

Update on South Street Seaport

The following was shared at the recent CAMM meeting by Ron Oswald

Courtesy South Street Seaport Museum

Courtesy South Street Seaport Museum

South Street Seaport Museum continues and is, by many measures, alive and well! Just off a highly successful Spring Revival weekend, two of the larger ships are once again open to the public, the 1911 PEKING and the 1907 AMBROSE, the latter with new interpretation. This represents the largest open-ship operation for the museum in some years and is the result of more than $280,000 spent in AMBROSE and significant preparations in PEKING. Although the galleries in Schermerhorn Row remain closed after Hurricane Sandy, the Museum is striding forward on a number of levels including: 

  • Open ships on Pier 16 (PEKING and AMBROSE)
  • Education programs in Schermerhorn Row, the district, the Bowne Shops, and aboard the ships
  • Active printing and education in Bowne & Co., Stationers, Bowne Printers, and woodcarving and model building in the Maritime Crafts Center.
  • The schooner PIONEER readying for another season of her award-winning education programs on New York Harbor and farther afield
  • The schooner LETTIE G. HOWARD readying for a collaborative season with New York Harbor School and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as a flagship and education platform
  • The 1885 ship WAVERTREE is in a bidding process for a city-funded $5.2 million project of hull plate replacements, reinstallation of the ‘tweendeck, and replacement of the weather deck. She will return to Pier 16 in 2015 and become the principal centerpiece of the fleet
  • The highly popular volunteer program is alive and thriving and despite a slight dip in hours in 2013 (owing to closed galleries) the program is now on track to best many recent years in hours and is clearly strong, vibrant, and full of enthusiastic supporters

It’s no secret that SSSM faces serious challenges both in the post-Sandy climate and with respect to rampant development in the Seaport district. But there are some very bright spots. A working group of stakeholders, convened by elected officials at both the state and local levels and including the Borough President, continues to work on recommendations for appropriate development in the district and the long-term health of the Museum. The recent Spring Revival was attended by the Manhattan Borough President, the Seaport’s City Councilmember, the Community Board Chair, the Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, and numerous corporate and individual sponsors, not to mention a robust group of volunteers, members, neighbors, and friends of the Museum. 

All of this makes one thing very clear. Although the specifics of the Seaport Museum’s future remain somewhat undefined, there is little doubt that the Museum will once again thrive. It has become evident in the past year and a half since Sandy that the residents of the Seaport district and the city of New York through its elected officials are aware of the import of the Seaport and its story of trade, of immigration, of the growth of the greatest maritime city in America, and in fact the story of America herself. 

I look forward to joining CAMM at the next meeting and hope at that time to be able to offer a further report about the revitalization of the Seaport Museum. I am sorry that I cannot be with you today, but I wish you all the best from South Street. 

CAPTAIN JONATHAN BOULWARE
INTERIM PRESIDENT
SOUTH STREET SEAPORT MUSEUM

Hull Lifesaving Museum Seeks Executive Director

Overview:

Hull Lifesaving Museum seeks a passionate, energetic and highly skilled Executive Director to lead the organization into its next phase. HLM has a 36 year record of creating and operating high-quality maritime programming, including historical, educational and social services, based on the legacy of Joshua James and the Point Allerton Lifesaving Station – focusing on the attributes of skills, courage and caring. Current programs include on-the-water youth and adult rowing/educational programs, an intensive case management, educational and job training program for adjudicated youth, and an active collection and exhibits at the museum itself. Programs take place in both Hull and Boston.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership, inspiration, and focus for the organization as a whole.
  • Work with Board members to create support for the organization in the community.
  • Expand Board membership to increase community support.
  • Oversee five senior staff who lead the three core programs, development and finance/administration.
  • Manage the organization’s budget.
  • Act as primary spokesperson for organization.
  • Develop and maintain effective partnerships related to programs.
  • Evaluate program’s accomplishments based on results-driven targets.

Skills and Attributes:

  • Minimum of 10 years results-driven leadership and management experience, particularly in the non-profit sector. Experience in a maritime-related field a plus.
  • Demonstrated skills in consensus and community-building initiatives.
  • Successful experience working with and building an active, engaged board of directors.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Well-developed understanding of the use and value of technology in non-profit operations.

To apply:

Resumes and cover letters describing relevant skills and attributes by 5/20 to Sue Heilman, Interim Executive Director at sue@hulllifesavingmuseum.org

Photos of CAMM 2014 Meeting

2014 CAMM meeting attendees in front of the National Museum of the Great Lakes, Toledo, Ohio

2014 CAMM meeting attendees in front of the National Museum of the Great Lakes, Toledo, Ohio

A great time was had by all who attended the recent CAMM meeting at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio. See the complete slide show on CAMM’s annual meeting page.

The National Museum of the Great Lakes opened on April 25, 2014

The National Museum of the Great Lakes opened on April 25, 2014

Canal Experience field trip in Grand Rapids, Ohio

Canal Experience field trip in Grand Rapids, Ohio

Pete Lesher demonstrates the interactive boiler exhibit.

Pete Lesher demonstrates the interactive boiler exhibit.

Ship Manager Paul LaMarre gives tour of the museum vessel SS COL. JAMES M. SCHOONMAKER

Ship Manager Paul LaMarre gives tour of the SS COL. JAMES M. SCHOONMAKER

Charles W. Morgan Documentary

Courtesy Mystic Seaport website

Courtesy Mystic Seaport website

Mystic Seaport reports that “The Charles W. Morgan” documentary film will begin airing on PBS stations nationwide on May 17 (Check local listings as each affiliate station can choose when and if they want to broadcast it).

The one-hour documentary film, directed by five-time Emmy winner Pryor, tells the extraordinary story of America’s last wooden whaleship and the incredible saga of whaling, the first global industry dominated by America. From her humble beginnings in New Bedford in the year 1841, the film follows the adventures of the Morgan on 37 voyages around the world where this “Lucky Ship” survived freeze-ups in the Arctic, attacks by hostile natives, fire aboard ship, and a host of other stories, each of which had the potential to end the vessel’s life. Yet more than 170 years later, the Charles W. Morgan lives on, and she is poised to sail again, on her 38th Voyage in June of 2014.

From more information and trailer.

Conserving the Star-Spangled Banner

The Star-Spangled Banner courtesy of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

The Star-Spangled Banner courtesy of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Paul Johnston at the National Museum of American History invites you to read their recent blog post giving the latest information on the ongoing conservation of one of America’s national treasures: The Star-Spangled Banner.

It’s also an important artifact of the War of 1812, for which we’re celebrating the Bicentennial.

 

National Museum of the Great Lakes Ready to Open

New National Museum of the Great Lakes with museum ship S.S. Col. James M. Schoonmaker. Photo by Candace Clifford

New National Museum of the Great Lakes with museum ship S.S. Col. James M. Schoonmaker. Photos by Candace Clifford

P1100197 lorescollectibles loresThe new National Museum of the Great Lakes, Toledo, Ohio, combines the Great Lakes Historical Society’s extensive collection of artifacts with various interactive exhibits for different age levels. Kids can stoke a steamship boiler with artificial coal while adults can track commercial shipping on a computer monitor. Hundreds of artifacts, ranging from a second-order fresnel lighthouse lens to tourist collectibles from passenger vessels, are distributed throughout. The amount of material is a little overwhelming but the interpretive panels are designed so that a person can take in only the major points or pause to read more detailed information.

Lifesaving exhibit

KELLEYS ISLAND, the oldest lifeboat used by the U.S. Life-Saving Service on the Great Lakes

Although located on the Maumee River near Lake Erie, the museum interprets all the Great Lakes with four exhibit themes: Exploration & Settlement, Expansion & Industry, Safeguard & Support, Shipwrecks & Safety. As you enter, a short film gives an introductory overview with dramatic lights and sound effects.

Outside, the museum ship S.S. Col. James M. Schoonmaker will impress you with its enormous size. It was the largest freighter on the Great Lakes when built in 1911 by Great Lakes Engineering Works in Ecorse, Michigan. Its capacity of 15,000 tons was a dramatic increase over other existing freighters’ capacity of 3,000 to 12,000 tons.

front loresSchoonmaker carried coal, iron ore, and other cargo from Duluth to Cleveland and other ports for the Shenango Furnace Company. Sold to Interlake Steamship Company in 1969, she was renamed Willis B. Boyer in honor of a former chairman of the board. Sold in 1971 to the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company, Boyer was retired in 1980 after 69 years of service.

Opened to the public in July 1987, Boyer became a visitor attraction on the Toledo waterfront. Recently restored and then rechristened Col. James M. Schoonmaker on July 1, 2011, one hundred years after her original christening, the freighter has been repainted in her original colors of the Shenango Furnace Company.Schoon detail lores

The official opening of the National Museum of the Great Lakes will be April 26, 2014. Two days later, representatives from maritime museums as far away as Astoria, Oregon; Santa Barbara, California; and Houston, Texas; will be on hand to celebrate and support the new facility as part of the annual conference of the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM). Maritime museums included on the program include Michigan Maritime Museum; Split Rock Lighthouse, Minnesota; Mystic Seaport, Connecticut; Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.;  Maine Maritime Museum; The Mariners’ Museum, Virginia; and Chesapeake Maritime Museum, Maryland.

Schoonmaker

2014 Ed Monk Scholarship Award

The deadline for applications for the 2014 Ed Monk Scholarship Award has been extended to May 1. The Award was established to provide educational opportunities for professionals working in traditional maritime trades. This year, for the first time, interns also are eligible to receive the scholarship. The mission of the award is to further maritime professionals’ and interns’ knowledge of traditional marine trades in other cultures. Study and research may include current and historical methods of boat construction using different materials, designs based on the functions to be served by the boats, materials available for construction and the state of technology.

The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB), Seattle, Washington is seeking applications from qualified persons. Applications now are due on or before May 1, 2014. The applicant should explain how the project will enrich the existing knowledge of the applicant and how the funds would be used. The budget for the grant may include transportation, housing, and other appropriate expenses. The background of the applicant in traditional marine trades and a list of references also are required.

Decisions by the application committee will be made by or before May 15, 2014. Funds granted must be used within one year of the award. A written report of the activities and benefit derived from the experience must be submitted to CWB.

Grants awarded will total $1,500.

The award was named to honor Ed Monk, a prominent and respected boat designer and builder in the Northwest. The Fund was established by John M. Goodfellow, who has participated in the hands-on-history activities at The Center for Wooden Boats. He is an advocate of preserving traditional maritime skills and wishes to encourage this through studies of those traditional skills being carried on beyond the applicants’ local regions and local knowledge.

The application committee consists of the donor and CWB Founding Director Dick Wagner. Applicants can be of any locality, wishing to study indigenous designs, materials and techniques of other areas.

For more information, contact CWB Founding Director Dick Wagner at CWB at (206) 382-2628, dick@cwb.org.

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The Center for Wooden Boats, founded in 1976, provides a gathering place where maritime history comes alive through direct experience and our small craft heritage is enjoyed, preserved, and passed along to future generations. CWB, with locations on Lake Union in Seattle and at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island, engages visitors in whole body learning by putting the historic boats, oars and paddles, sails and tools in the hands of people who visit. To learn more about year-round maritime activities at Seattle’s Lake Union Park visit http://www.AtLakeUnionPark.org

National Museum of the Great Lakes

Courtesy Great Lakes Historical Society

Courtesy Great Lakes Historical Society

The Great Lakes Historical Society will be opening their new National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio, on April 26th. Two days later, on April 28th, they will be hosting CAMM’s annual meeting. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to help them celebrate and get a first-hand look at this new facility. A preliminary schedule along with lodging and registration information is available on our annual meeting page.

In addition to a variety of presentations from your colleagues, there will be plenty of opportunites for informal discussion and exchange of expertise during a reception on the museum ship SS Col. James M. Schoonmaker, a dinner at the historic Toledo Yacht Club, and a Canal Experience field trip.

Hope to see you in Toledo!

Independence Seaport Museum Seeks Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

Independence Seaport Museum

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives will oversee the Development and Marketing Departments, currently including 5 full-time and 1 part-time professionals, to achieve the Museum’s goals.   He/She will be deeply involved in conceiving and shaping the Museum’s future.

The Vice President of Strategic Initiatives will work closely with senior staff and Board leaders on annual and capital campaign related activities, and enhancing institutional identity.  He/she will help to present the Museum, its mission and new direction to its various publics.

The Vice President of Strategic Initiatives will be the organization’s major gift officer, working with the CEO and campaign consultant to strategize and secure the largest annual gifts and gifts/pledges for the capital campaign. He/She will utilize all the organization’s existing exhibitions, programs, events, and relationships as fundraising opportunities, and he/she will propose additional opportunities for cultivation and stewardship of donors, media and civic leaders and partners.

For more information