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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.


Member Update – Maine Maritime Museum


Courtesy Maine Maritime Museum

In celebration of our new exhibit opening July 26Lobstering & The Maine Coast, our new friends at Bar Harbor Seafood/Boston Lobster Feast are donating their famous Lobstermobile to Maine Maritime Museum for an active retirement here in Maine!

The Lobstermobile left Orlando, Florida, May 13th, and will be making several stops for photo ops along the way:

Friday: Savannah, Myrtle Beach, Richmond

Saturday: D.C.

Sunday: Philadelphia and NYC

Monday: Boston

The Lobstermobile is scheduled to arrive at MMM some time Tuesday afternoon. They will cruise down Front Street, Bath on the way to the museum, and we’ll be hosting a welcome home and retirement party once it arrives!

They will keep us updated as they make their way to Maine, and we’ll be posting lots of updates to social media. Those of you who are out-of-state, see if you can catch it on the way north. For those of you in Miane, join us Tuesday afternoon for a party to welcome the Lobstermobile!

Stay tuned and check our facebook page for more details…

Submitted on May 13, 2015, by Amy Lent, Executive Director, Maine Maritime Museum

Penobscot Marine Museum Seeks Input on Fisheries Database

Courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

Courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

At the recent CAMM meeting Cipperly Good let the membership know that we are at work on imaging and cataloging the 25,000 or so photographs in the National Fisherman collection. This is a visual document of the American fishery from about 1950 to 2000. We hope to have 5,000 images up this summer and will have special pages for these on our web site.

The collection contains material from all over the country, from the Gulf shrimp industry to Bering Sea king crabbers, from California salmon trollers to the Maine lobster industry.

Since the numbers of images in some categories is likely to grow into the hundreds if not thousands I have been thinking about prepackaging some searches on the overall website. And here I can use help because I don’t know what people want to know about fisheries outside of Maine. How do CAMM members address these? These could take the form of drop down lists: regions, craft, species, and/or themes that people might be curious about such as Deadliest Catch.

Please download and review this working spreadsheet of search and subjects. Note the subject headings and search terms that are currently in use that are especially relevant to National Fisheries. Also note the question about regionalization. Comments, additions and clarifications would be welcome. Please email them to me at <> 

Submitted by Ben Fuller, Penobscot Marine Museum

Museum Update – The Mariners’ Museum

Courtesy The Mariners' Museum

Courtesy The Mariners’ Museum

Mariners’ Museum receives National Maritime Heritage Grant for USS Monitor Conservation

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – On Monday, April 27, The Mariners’ Museum was awarded a grant for $99,900 from the National Park Service’s National Maritime Heritage Grant Program in support of ongoing efforts to conserve and exhibit artifacts from the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor.

The grant provides for the acquisition of a state-of-the-art dry ice abrasion system for mechanically cleaning wrought iron artifacts like USS Monitor‘s gun turret and engine components. The grant also provides additional funding to hire another conservation expert to help utilize the equipment.

“This grant award from the National Maritime Heritage Grant Program is a huge force multiplier for conservators at the USS Monitor Center”, said Director of USS Monitor Center Dave Krop. “We meticulously tested this technology and believe it will increase our efficiency in the lab and potentially reduce time for certain phases of artifact treatment. It is great for the entire maritime preservation community to know that the National Park Service is committed to revitalizing this important grant program.”

The Mariners’ Museum will be the only museum in the country utilizing this technology for marine-recovered archaeological wrought iron. With nearly 200 tons of artifacts, the USS Monitor Center houses the largest marine archaeological metals conservation project in the world. Home to the iconic gun turret, gun carriages and engine, the Wet Lab provides visitors with a view of the delicate process of preserving history.

“Just like the Monitor herself, The Mariners’ Museum is employing cutting-edge innovation,” said David Alberg, Superintendent of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. “NOAA and The Mariners’ Museum are continuing to make progress in the effort to preserve this important icon of American history.”

The USS Monitor is a well-known icon in American history and culture—a poised player in a national civil war that inevitably became a major turning point in our country. The Monitor symbolized a new way of thinking and helped to shape the future of human relations in the United States.

The Mariners’ Museum, an educational, non-profit institution accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, preserves and interprets maritime history through an international collection of ship models, figureheads, paintings and other maritime artifacts.

Submitted by Jenna Dill, The Mariners’ Museum

2015 HNSA Annual Conference Call For Papers

USS Iowa leaving New York Navy Yard. National Archives photo

USS Iowa leaving New York Navy Yard. National Archives photo

From the HNSA website:

The 2015 Historic Naval Ships Association (HNSA) Annual Conference will be held Wednesday through Friday, 16 – 18 September. This year’s host is the USS Iowa in Los Angeles! Accommodations have been made at the nearby Crowne Plaza-Los Angeles Harbor. Most will wish to arrive on Tuesday, 15 September, for an Opening Reception on the Iowa. In addition to visiting this great battleship we will be in short walking distances to numerous restaurants. Many will wish to remain through the weekend as there are a variety of tours being planned that include nearby LA Maritime Museum, the SS Lane Victory, the Queen Mary, and Fort MacArthur.

The Call for Papers deadline is July 31, 2015.

Scholarships Available for ICMM

PrintFrom the ICMM conference website:

The Richard Foster Bursary was established in 2002 to perpetuate the memory of Sir Richard Foster, Director of National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside and President of ICMM, 1993-6, who had died tragically in 2001. Its purpose was to provide financial assistance to young members of ICMM wishing to attend or speak at an ICMM congress.

The President and Council of ICMM invites applications for three bursaries of up to 650 Euros for the 17th Biennial Congress, Connections, which will be held in Hong-Kong, 1-6 November 2015. The Council is particularly keen that the bursaries are used to encourage the attendance of new or young members of ICMM. The Call for Papers and outline of the Congress’s themes can be found at: