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Kenyan dhow sails into the International Small Craft Center

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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 www.MarinersMuseum.org, 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.

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Hotel Deadline for CAMM Conference

CAMM:

DEADLINE EXTENDED: The hotel just extended their deadline for booking rooms at the conference rate to March 26th.

Originally posted on CAMM:

Don’t forget to book your rooms at the conference hotel this week! The deadline for reserving at the conference rate is Friday, March 13th.  The  rooms will revert to the hotel’s regular rates after that date.

To reserve: contact the Crowne Plaza registration desk at 310-519-8200. Mention “CAMM Conference” in order to secure the special rate.

For more information on the conference go to CAMM’s Annual Meeting page.

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Pre-Conference Movie Screening Invitation

Invitation.CAMM.optionSteve White, president of Mystic Seaport, invites CAMM conference attendees to the screening of Unfurling the World: The Voyages of Irving and Electa Johnson on Sunday, April 12th, at the conference hotel.

The movie is described as “A thrilling and inspiring story about the extraordinary Johnsons, who sailed seven times around the world, exploring remote islands and meeting exotic cultures along the way.”

Hotel Deadline for CAMM Conference

Don’t forget to book your rooms at the conference hotel this week! The deadline for reserving at the conference rate is Friday, March 13th.  The  rooms will revert to the hotel’s regular rates after that date.

To reserve: contact the Crowne Plaza registration desk at 310-519-8200. Mention “CAMM Conference” in order to secure the special rate.

For more information on the conference go to CAMM’s Annual Meeting page.

Update on Porcupine Project

Preliminary Drawing of PORCUPINE courtesy of Bayfront Maritime Center

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.