Preliminary Drawing of PORCUPINE courtesy of Bayfront Maritime Center
March 2, 2015
From Captain Jamie Trost, Bayfront Maritime Center:
Today I officially join the BMC staff as Project Manager for Porcupine. In the six months since I first heard of and asked to be a part of this great new initiative, we’ve gotten the hull and engine into the shop, started discussions with the Coast Guard, solidified partnerships with local school districts, hashed out some preliminary drawings with our naval architect, officially launched Porcupine’s Campaign at the 3rd Annual “Ales for Sails” event, and received the first $25,000 anchor grant from Erie Insurance! With each step, the unknowns have been filed away and we’ve now honed our plans for the finished vessel.
With a year and six weeks until Porcupine‘s launch on April 15th, 2016, we’re picking up the pace and about to start truly shaping the raw hull into the evocative tops’l schooner we envision. Dust is going to fly, outlines for programs will mature into full-fledged curriculum, a forest of documents and forms will mark our path toward the finished ship. Hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people will make this dream a reality.
Team Porcupine is ecstatic, and the excitement is amplified by innovative ideas and possibilities. Inside of a year, we’ll will be creating something entirely new, shaping a future by uncovering clues from the past. We know what Porcupine was—a gunboat schooner created 202 years ago right here in Erie that for 60 years would serve in just about every manner a Great Lakes vessel could. And we know what this new Porcupine will be—a sustainable, high-profile regional asset that will enhance BMC’s existing programming and expand into new waters with a “School Ship” program for Presque Isle Bay.
But right now, Porcupine is in an ephemeral state between history and future, between concept and concrete. The intense and sometimes frantic energy of creating the schooner and her programming carries the colorful wonder of a dawning day—the fresh promise, the incredible potential…we’re making a “new” Gunboat Schooner out of a donated hull and it’s going to awesome, every step of the way.
The 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 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.
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.