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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Named for Lifesaver Joshua James

unnamedThe Hull Lifesaving Museum was honored to welcome Captain Andrew Tiongson, prospective Commanding Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter James on Thursday, January 15th at 7 pm to our Point Allerton U.S. Lifesaving Station. The Coast Guard’s newest National Security Cutter, the James, is named for Hull’s own legendary lifesaver Joshua James. James is credited with saving more than 540 lives from shipwreck during his 60 year career as both a Massachusetts Humane Society volunteer lifesaver and the first Keeper of the historic Point Allerton Lifesaving Station, now the Hull Lifesaving Museum.

The USCGC James was christened on August 16, 2014 at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and is expected to be commissioned in Boston late this summer.

The USCGC James was christened on August 16, 2014 at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and is expected to be commissioned in Boston late this summer.

The USCG Cutter James will be the fifth of eight Legend Class National Security Cutters. The most technologically advanced cutters in the Coast Guard fleet, they are designed to perform a variety of missions and operations at sea including: national defense, port security, alien migrant interdiction, maritime law enforcement, environmental defense, search and rescue, and drug interdiction.

Rear Admiral John Korn, Assistant Commandant for Acquisitions said of USCGC James, “It seems only fitting for a cutter that will protect the lives of millions of Americans to bear the names James.”

Submitted by Corinne Leung, Hull Lifesaving Museum.  Two videos provide more information on the cutter.

Registration Begins for CAMM’s 2015 Annual Conference

Paul Fontenoy and Marifrances Trivelli at September's Maritime Heritage Conference

Paul Fontenoy and Marifrances Trivelli oversee the CAMM table at September’s Maritime Heritage Conference

CAMM Treasurer Paul Fontenoy is now accepting registrations for the CAMM’s 2015 Annual Conference to take place April 12-14 at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. Director Marifrances Trivelli and the program committee has put together a program of lively educational sessions, a narrated boat cruise of the Los Angeles and Long Beach Harbors, dinner at the historic Los Angeles yacht club, as well as an optional behind-the-scenes tour of the world renowned Huntington Library.

Full registration ($150.00) includes all sessions, continental breakfast and lunch Monday and Tuesday, the cruise on Monday, and the closing dinner on Tuesday. One-day registrations are also available. The optional field trip on Wednesday is a separate ticketed event.

To register, download the online CAMM Registration 2015 form, fill it out, make a payment (using the PayPal link, check, or credit card), save the form and email it to <CAMMTreasury@gmail.com>. (The form can also be printed and mailed or faxed.)

Registration deadline is March 31, 2015.

To learn more about lodging, transportation, and travel grants, please visit our Annual Meeting page. Please note that although the meeting is open to all, travel grants are only available to staff of CAMM member institutions.

Hong Kong Maritime Museum to Host ICMM

CAMM:

A new website has been created for the conference at http://www.icmm2015hk.com/index.php

Originally posted on CAMM:

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The Hong Kong Maritime Museum is proud to invite maritime museums from around the world to one of the most exciting and transformational commercial and cultural centers in world trade – the Pearl River Delta.
 
For over three hundred years the PRD has been a global meeting place for traders, entrepreneurs, government envoys, missionaries and fortune hunters. Today, Hong Kong and nearby Guangzhou, represent the modern face of China and the ceaseless commercial activities which in two generations has transformed a region previously  dominated by fishing villages and paddy fields into a true metropolis.
 
As a young museum, established in 2003 with strong support from the Hong Kong shipping industry we are in a good position to share with delegates the spirit of Hong Kong through the prism of its maritime heritage. Our links with Greater China also provide an opportunity for delegates to meet with counterparts from…

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A Fight Lost — For Now

CAMM:

From Mike Vogel, co-chair of the American Lighthouse Council (ALC)

Originally posted on American Lighthouse Council:

Bad news for maritime funding this week, but it’s not a permanent defeat. The STORIS Act, which would have restored federal maritime preservation funding to the level Congress originally attended, did not survive as an amendment to the defense spending authorization act.

The maritime community had pushed hard to have that funding restored (see earlier posts) but the Maritime Administration applied pressure of its own to allow it to keep the money it had carved out of the fund for itself. It didn’t help that STORIS Act sponsor Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska was defeated in a close reelection bid, and that his staff had left Washington for the campaign that wasn’t settled until well after election day.

But Tim Runyan already is at work lining up support for next year’s effort to reverse this money grab, and we’ll be letting the lighthouse community know when it’s time to step…

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2015 Maritime Documentation Internship Opportunity

Ernestina drawing

Detail of Schooner ERNESTINA drawing. For some other documentation projects supported by CAMM click on drawing.

The Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and the (CAMM) are pleased to announce the 2015 Maritime Documentation Internship. The internship will permit a student or recent graduate of architecture or history, interested in maritime preservation, to work as a summer intern on a HAER maritime documentation project. The applicant must be a U.S. Citizen. The selected recipient will receive a stipend of approximately $7,000 and will work in conjunction with a HAER team for up to twelve weeks during the summer. The Internship will require research and writing or measuring and drafting of historic maritime resources.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY MARCH 27, 2015.

Click here for additional details.