Photo courtesy Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
On November 8th, the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation celebrated its new COPELAND MARITIME CENTER with a “Grand Opening” Gala. The event was sold out. Namesake honorees Tatiana and Gerret Copeland performed the ribbon-cutting ceremony, and Delaware’s finest joined the celebration, including Governor Markell, U.S. Senators Thomas Carper and Chris Coons, and U.S. Representative John Carney (the state’s entire Congressional delegation).
Together with a new dock and complete shipyard overhaul, the new 18,000 sq. ft. education center and ship maintenance facility will transform the foundation’s operations and sustainability, and help to make them a year-round destination in the Delaware Valley.
SSHSA’s library has been in storage since the 2006 move from the University of Baltimore. They are very excited to make it available to researchers once again.
Matthew Schulte and the board and staff of the Steamship Historical Society of America will be officially opening their new headquarters with a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 15th. Speakers will include Congressman James Langevin, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, CDR Marc Cruder, USCG Ret. (Traveling Senior Marine Inspector for USCG), and Erik Ryan, SSHSA Board President.
CAMM president Dave Pearson sends his congratulations on behalf of all the members of the Council of American Maritime Museums. The new facility is at 2500 Post Road in Warwick Rhode Island.
Tim Runyan, chair of the National Maritime Alliance is leading the effort to restore funding to the Maritime Heritage Grants program to its original levels:
The “Storis Act” offered by Sen. Begich of Alaska includes Section 5 (c) that would restore funding for the maritime heritage grants program at the former level before the MARAD amendment to the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act gave all authority to MARAD. Today I learned MARAD is pushing back in order to keep the money, so we have a fight.
Bills are being marked up on Capitol Hill as I write. We must write now to members on the committees that will be involved in this bill. There are 4 committees—2 House, 2 Senate. Click here for Senate / House committees list (Word Version) or (PDF version).
Here is a letter template for your convenience. Fill it out with your information. Email the letter to the committee members from your home state. You can write to all senators through their Senate web site—you must be a member of the district to submit a letter to a congressman via their web site. Unless you have an email address to send to, you will need to copy and paste your letter into their online form. I suggest sending a hard copy of your letter by snail mail.
Please send me a copy of your letters.
I thank you for stepping up and your willingness to help. We must contact these members of the House and Senate now if we are to succeed. Millions in grant funding for the maritime heritage community is at stake. Please make these contacts.
The Maritime Executive recently posted “Returning Ship Recycling Funds to American Museums” by Denise Krepp. This was a hot topic at the recent Maritime Heritage Conference in Norfolk. Tim Runyan of the National Maritime Alliance strongly encouraged maritime heritage groups to contact Congress in support of the Storis Act.