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Naming Rights Policy Sought

Richard O’Farrell, director of the Door County Maritime Museum, is seeking information from the CAMM membership. He writes “the Door County Maritime Museum is currently preparing to begin a capital campaign for an eleven-story tower as an addition to our Sturgeon Bay facility. Part of the fundraising will involve large donors and naming right opportunities. We do not have a naming rights policy. Do any of the other CAMM members have a policy that they would be willing to share with us?”

O’Farrell can be contacted at

U.S. Lightship Museum – Member Update

Lightship Nantucket (LV 112) in 1946. Image courtesy of the U.S. Lightship Museum

Lightship Nantucket (LV 112) in 1946. Image courtesy of the U.S. Lightship Museum

“On Friday, August 7, 2015, Nantucket Lightship/LV-112, a former commissioned U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) floating lighthouse (1936-75), National Historic Landmark and National Treasure, will commemorate the restoration of its historic 500,000-candlepower light beacon (23-mile range) and the activation of its foghorn (14-mile range) at its homeport berth in Boston Harbor. At dusk on August 7, Nantucket/LV-112’s bright and guiding main light beacon will be turned on once again for the first time since the ship was decommissioned at the USCG-Base Boston in 1975 and its navigational aids were extinguished. The restoration of LV-112’s light beacon, foghorn and radio beacon tower components were made possible by a generous grant awarded to the U.S. Lightship Museum (USLM) by American Express, facilitated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The date for celebrating lighthouses is based in America’s maritime heritage. On August 7, 1789, the United States Congress approved an act for the “establishment and support of Lighthouse, Beacons, Buoys, and Public Piers.” Two hundred years later, Congress designated August 7 as National Lighthouse Day. It provides recognition for the important maritime role played by lighthouses and lightships (floating lighthouses), vessels stationed in waters where it was unsuitable to build lighthouses.”

For complete article, see U.S. Lightship Museum’s enewsletter (July 2015).

CAMM Banner Displayed on Kalmar Nyckel

KALMAR NYCKEL captain Lauren Morgens hoists the CAMM banner. Photo from the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation Facebook page.

KALMAR NYCKEL captain Lauren Morgens hoists the CAMM banner. Photo from the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation Facebook page.

The CAMM banner made a surprise appearance on Kalmar Nyckel. Perhaps this is a trial run of the cruise CAMM conference participants will be taking next April? As hosts of CAMM’s 2016 conference in Wilmington, Delaware, the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation is gearing up early for what should be a great event!  Mark your calendars for April 25 – 27.

Support Needed for Bill to Restore Maritime Heritage Funding

Submitted by Tim Runyan, Chair, National Maritime Alliance


Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) introduced the Storis Act on June 4, with co-sponsor Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA). It is Senate Bill 1511 (S. 1511).  Storis (Ships to be Recycled in the States) Act was referred to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee (CST). The Act includes Section 4 (c) (C) that restores funding for the maritime heritage grants program.

Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA) is expected to introduce the Storis Act in the House very soon.

However, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee just introduced its version of the Coast Guard Authorization Act that we hoped would include the Storis Act (S. 1511)–it did not. We must alert senators, and ask them to add the Storis Act to the Coast Guard bill; or support the Storis Act as a stand alone bill. CST has scheduled an executive committee meeting for Thursday, 25 June. We must act NOW!

I have attached a draft letter for you. Please email/mail your letters to your senators, and appropriate staff members. Write both of your senators–most will not be on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee (CST). I have attached a list of members.

You can write on behalf of your organization to a member of the CST Committee—I suggest Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) the Ranking member of CST; Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) Ranking member of the subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Merchant Marine, and Ranking member of the subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard.

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) are also on both of those subcommittees. Also, Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI); Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) On Oceans, Coast Guard subcommittee.                                                                             

If you know of maritime heritage organizations or initiatives in the state please mention them. Write your senators; and target CST Committee members.

I know writing takes some time. But we know that advocacy pays off–$7M.  $2.6M awarded in April, and the deadline for round two proposals ($1.7M), is August 3.

Please write before Thursday, later if you must.


Letter to Support Storis Act

Senate CST Committee 2015

Storis Act Introduced: Maritime Heritage Act Funding Included

The following is a press release from Senator Vitter’s office forwarded by Tim Runyan of the National Maritime Alliance. Tim writes that the Act “includes a provision to reverse the amendment to the National Maritime Heritage Act that eliminated the requirement that one-quarter of ship recycling funds be directed to the maritime heritage grant program. This bill will restore that full funding.”

Vitter, Cassidy, Graves Introduce Legislation to Improve Ship Recycling, Create Jobs

Thursday, June 4, 2015

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senators David Vitter (R-La.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) today introduced the Ships to Be Recycled in the States (STORIS) Act, legislation to reform the domestic marine recycling industry. Their legislation would improve the domestic ship recycling industry and promote transparency by requiring reports from Maritime Administration (MARAD) and an audit by the Government Accountability Office. Congressman Garret Graves (R-La.) is introducing the companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“The Maritime Administration receives millions of dollars in federal funding, but they’ve never reported how the sales money is spent or how the agency awards contracts,” Vitter said. “Ship recycling is an important part of our domestic maritime industry, and these reforms would improve federal contracting, cut government waste, and help create jobs in Louisiana.”

“Louisiana directly benefits from the Maritime Administration—hundreds work in ship recycling facilities and many state museums receive maritime grants,” said Cassidy. “There have been concerns that the agency receives millions in federal funding but lacks transparency. The STORIS Act will strengthen oversight over the agency and help create more jobs for Louisiana workers.”

“Americans expect the federal government to operate in their best interest,” said Graves. “We have found multiple instances where the U.S. Maritime Administration has failed to maximize the return on investment on the sale of retired federal vessels by not accepting the highest bid on a number of contracts and not fulfilling its obligation to reinvest these funds in our merchant mariner workforce. This bill will prevent MARAD from leaving millions of dollars on the table in regard to ship recycling contracts and require that we have the workforce we need to increase global trade and exports from Louisiana.”

Current law requires all excess government vessels to be sold to domestic marine recyclers to be dismantled. A portion of funding from the sales goes toward the Vessel Operations Revolving Fund, federal and state maritime academies, and the maritime heritage grant program. The STORIS Act would make sure that the required funding goes to federal and state maritime academies and to heritage grants funding to the Department of Interior. It would also require MARAD to issue an annual report on how its money is spent and publicize its ship recycling agreements.

Additionally, the STORIS Act creates jobs by ensuring that all vessels can be dismantled in the United States in compliance with U.S. environmental and safety laws, and are not exported where those safety rules do not apply.

The STORIS Act is named in recognition of the former Coast Guard Cutter STORIS, which was dismantled in Mexico in 2013 in violation of the current law.

Member Update – Mystic Seaport

Submitted by Nikki Guardiano, Mystic Seaport, May 27, 2015:

I wanted to let you know about a new video we’ve launched this morning for Mystic Seaport which goes behind the scenes on an exhibit which follows the historic 38th voyage of the 1841 Whaleship Charles W. Morgan

This immersive and interactive exhibit is designed to weave together global stories of whales, whaling and whale research showcasing America’s historic and contemporary relationship with whales and whaling. The exhibit will open on June 20th at Mystic Seaport located in Mystic, CT.

To view the video please visit:

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.