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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:

Kenyan dhow sails into the International Small Craft Center

dhow lores

Photo courtesy of The Mariners’ Museum.

Newport News, VA – The Mariners’ Museum & Park is pleased to announce the newest addition to its International Small Craft Center–Lamu, a sailing dhow from Kenya, is fully rigged and on display. There are now 42 countries represented in the center.

This newly donated boat is a jahazi–a type of dhow built in Lamu, Kenya. This dhow was an ocean-going trader sailed by a crew of 10 to 12. It operated along the East African coast from Mogadishu, Somalia to Tanzanian ports and as far east as Mumbai, India. Lamu was built by Ali Abdalla Skanda’s father in 2004. Ali’s family includes craftsmen and merchants whose trade reached as far as Egypt and Arabia. He carries on the traditional art of building and sailing dhows that he learned from his father.

This boat, built and used around the island of Lamu, was recently brought to the United States as part of the annual Folklife Festival, organized by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife, on the Mall in Washington DC.

“Having a true dhow in our collection is vitally important to the overall story that The Mariners’ Museum is uniquely equipped to tell: mankind’s relationship with the sea” said chief curator Lyles Forbes. “We have models and images of dhows in the collection, but there’s nothing like an authentic, full-size boat to truly highlight important stories of early travel on the sea.”

The International Small Craft Center is a 17,500 square foot facility houses a collection that features nearly 150 boats from 42 countries. The boats are from diverse cultures and waterways and are arranged around the Center in eleven thematic areas. The Center also takes visitors on a journey beyond the boat and helps them discover the individuals who used the small craft.

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. For hours and information, visit, call (757) 596-2222 or write to The Mariners’ Museum, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606.

Washington Awards Dinner

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The National Maritime Historical Society and the Naval Historical Foundation are honoring Harold F. (Gerry) Lenfest, Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, USN, and Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski and celebrating the centennials of the U.S. Naval Reserve, the Office of Chief of Naval Operations and the formation of the U.S. Coast Guard at the Washington Awards Dinner at the National Press Club on Thursday, 23 April 2015.

Harold F. (Gerry) Lenfest is a philanthropist who has given millions to educational institutions, the arts, and to the cause of maritime history as seen in his generous support of the effort to renovate and preserve SS United States, which was, in its time, the fastest passenger ship in the world, and to the historic schooner Ernestina-Morrisey. Mr. Lenfest served as a reservist in the US Navy, and acknowledged its great impact in his life. In honoring Mr. Lenfest we honor the United States Navy Reserve which in 2015 will celebrate its centennial.

Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, USN, is the 30th Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), an office that was established in 1915, two years before the U.S. entry into World War I. He is the individual who leads the U.S. Navy, ashore and afloat, in its mission to protect and defend the global interests of the United States on the high seas. Admiral Greenert has been a strong promoter of this country’s navy and its history, particularly in the commemoration of the navy’s role in the War of 1812. We honor the centenary of the offi ce of CNO in honoring Admiral Greenert.

Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski, a native of Baltimore, is this country’s longest-serving woman senator, having won election to the US Senate in 1986. In the House of Representatives she served on the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee. She was chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, and presently is the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Senator Mikulski has long been a strong advocate for the maritime industries of the Port of Baltimore and has worked energetically to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

For more information