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The American Lightship Museum Opens

Cutting the ribbon on the Overfalls Foundation’s new American Lightship Museum from the left: Museum Curator Ray Glick, Mayor Ted Becker, Foundation Ship & Grounds Chair Bill Reader, Past President Dave Bernheisel and President Tracy Mulveny

Cutting the ribbon on the Overfalls Foundation’s new American Lightship Museum from the left: Museum Curator Ray Glick, Mayor Ted Becker, Foundation Ship & Grounds Chair Bill Reader, Past President Dave Bernheisel and President Tracy Mulveny

The Overfalls Foundation in Lewes, Delaware announced the opening of the American Lightship Museum at a ceremony on June 4, 2014. The Foundation is also the home of the Lightship Overfalls (LV-118), a recently designated National Historic Landmark, and the Delaware Maritime Hall of Fame.

The new museum will work in conjunction with the lightship, at the same location, to tell the story of the American lightships and the crews who served aboard them. Foundation president Tracy Mulveny said, “This is something that has been in our plans for a long time and this year we were able to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together. First, the Lightship Sailors Association donated their collection of artifacts to us to put on display. Then, we were given the pilot house from the Stephanie Anne, a 1955 vintage fishing boat that was being rebuilt which we were able to restore and use to house the artifacts. Our local community, which has always been supportive of our mission, made it possible to incorporate the new structure in our existing building complex. Finally, with contributions of funds and building materials from generous donors, our volunteer work force took over and made it all happen.”

In addition to telling the lightship story, the museum houses some significant and unique artifacts such as the hawsehole from LV-1, the first numbered U.S. lightship, and the last American flag to fly over a U.S. lightship completing a full tour in service. The Foundation also seeks additional artifacts to supplement the collection and better tell the lightship story. Any individuals who might be able to assist in adding to the collection are asked to contact the museum curator Ray Glick on (847) 732-2988 or by e-mail at GlickRay@Gmail.com.

The museum’s open hours will coincide with that of the lightship which is seasonal from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. As with the lightship, special museum tours are available on request. For the latest information and special tours refer to the Foundation’s web site WWW.Overfalls.org.

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Selects New President

Courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) has announced Kristen Greenaway of Durham, NC will serve as the fifth President of the 49-year old non-profit institution. Current CBMM President Langley Shook announced his retirement in late 2013, and will remain on board until Greenaway’s start, which is anticipated in early July.

Greenaway brings a wide range of professional experience to the position, including a core background leading non-profits in a development capacity.

With 20 years non-profit experience, Greenaway brings 12 years serving in a museum leadership and development role to the position. She currently serves as the Director of Development and External Relations at Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art. Her experience also includes serving as Director of Development at Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society; as Director of Events and Communications at Sally Ride Science in San Diego; and the Executive Director of the San Diego Sea to Sea Trail Foundation. In addition, Greenaway brings extensive development experience with educational institutions through her work with the Rotterdam School of Management Erasmus University, Rotterdam; University College London in New York and London; and Sidney Sussex College at Cambridge University, Cambridge. She earned her Master of Social Sciences and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand and is a candidate for a Master of Arts degree from Duke University.

            “This appointment comes at such a critical time for the museum,” said CBMM Board of Governors Chair Tom Seip. “CBMM is implementing its new five-year plan which includes a major fundraising campaign and many new initiatives to give people more reasons to connect with the Bay through us. Langley has done a fantastic job of navigating the museum through the great recession, and Kristen now will take the helm to steer the museum to the next level.”

            “We are extremely pleased to welcome Kristen to the museum,” added CBMM Governor Richard Bodorff, who led CBMM’s new president search committee. “Kristen was selected from a field of more than 30 highly qualified candidates. Over the last six months, the search process included interviews by our search committee, current and alumni board, and several staff members. Even among such a diverse group, the consensus that Kristen was our outstanding candidate was felt unanimously.” To conduct the search, CBMM retained the services of ByalaSearch of New York, which specializes in executive searches for non-profits.

            Born and raised in New Zealand, Greenaway spent part of her youth with her parents and two siblings living aboard a 32-foot wooden yacht her father built. “Messing about in boats has been an underlying focus of my entire life,” says Greenaway. While finishing a Master’s degree in Social Sciences at the University of Waikato, Hamilton in New Zealand, Greenaway rebuilt an 18-foot William Garden keeler. Greenaway left New Zealand in 1989, crewing on a 60-foot ketch for the inaugural two-month Auckland-Fukuoka (Japan) Yacht Race. Her passion for all things maritime has continued throughout her life, and currently Greenaway takes part in—and often wins—the WaterTribe Everglades Kayak Challenge, which is an annual, 300-nautical mile, day/night sail kayak event from Tampa to the Florida Keys. Greenaway moved to the United States in 1998, working in New York, California, and most recently North Carolina. She is a citizen of the United States, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

            “I met Kristen early in the interviewing process and was immediately impressed by her,” said retiring CBMM President Langley Shook. “She’s charming and engaging. With her fundraising and leadership experience in museums and her enthusiasm for authentic experiences, I’m confident she’ll be a perfect fit for our museum.”

            The museum is planning to celebrate the accomplishments of retiring President Langley Shook with “Langley Shook Day” on Saturday, June 14, with the public invited to a brief presentation planned for 1 p.m. under the Hooper Strait Lighthouse, and to witness the 1955 skipjack Rosie Parks head out to the Miles River at 1:45 p.m. for one of her first sails in nearly 20 years. The Miles River Yacht Club Foundation of St. Michaels also honored Shook with itsDistinguished Service Award at a May 18 reception. Once retired, Shook plans to remain active in the community and with the museum.

            “I feel honored that the Board has entrusted me with the stewardship of CBMM, and I look forward to building upon the success of my predecessors and shepherding the museum into the next 50 years,” commented Greenaway. “CBMM is truly the treasure of all Eastern Shore residents, and I am excited to further extend our relationship with our diverse local community.” Greenaway plans to relocate to Talbot County with her family as she begins her new role as CBMM’s President this July.

            For more information about the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, visit www.cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

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