A great time was had by all who attended the recent CAMM meeting at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio. See the complete slide show on CAMM’s annual meeting page.
The new National Museum of the Great Lakes, Toledo, Ohio, combines the Great Lakes Historical Society’s extensive collection of artifacts with various interactive exhibits for different age levels. Kids can stoke a steamship boiler with artificial coal while adults can track commercial shipping on a computer monitor. Hundreds of artifacts, ranging from a second-order fresnel lighthouse lens to tourist collectibles from passenger vessels, are distributed throughout. The amount of material is a little overwhelming but the interpretive panels are designed so that a person can take in only the major points or pause to read more detailed information.
Although located on the Maumee River near Lake Erie, the museum interprets all the Great Lakes with four exhibit themes: Exploration & Settlement, Expansion & Industry, Safeguard & Support, Shipwrecks & Safety. As you enter, a short film gives an introductory overview with dramatic lights and sound effects.
Outside, the museum ship S.S. Col. James M. Schoonmaker will impress you with its enormous size. It was the largest freighter on the Great Lakes when built in 1911 by Great Lakes Engineering Works in Ecorse, Michigan. Its capacity of 15,000 tons was a dramatic increase over other existing freighters’ capacity of 3,000 to 12,000 tons.
Schoonmaker carried coal, iron ore, and other cargo from Duluth to Cleveland and other ports for the Shenango Furnace Company. Sold to Interlake Steamship Company in 1969, she was renamed Willis B. Boyer in honor of a former chairman of the board. Sold in 1971 to the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company, Boyer was retired in 1980 after 69 years of service.
Opened to the public in July 1987, Boyer became a visitor attraction on the Toledo waterfront. Recently restored and then rechristened Col. James M. Schoonmaker on July 1, 2011, one hundred years after her original christening, the freighter has been repainted in her original colors of the Shenango Furnace Company.
The official opening of the National Museum of the Great Lakes will be April 26, 2014. Two days later, representatives from maritime museums as far away as Astoria, Oregon; Santa Barbara, California; and Houston, Texas; will be on hand to celebrate and support the new facility as part of the annual conference of the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM). Maritime museums included on the program include Michigan Maritime Museum; Split Rock Lighthouse, Minnesota; Mystic Seaport, Connecticut; Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.; Maine Maritime Museum; The Mariners’ Museum, Virginia; and Chesapeake Maritime Museum, Maryland.
The venue and dates for the International Sail Training & Tall Ships Conference 2014 are now confirmed.
The conference will be held in the Spanish city of A Coruña, on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 November.
The city of A Coruña is well known to the sail training community, both as a strategic safe haven on the north west corner of Spain and as a regular host port for The Tall Ships Races. The city has been a host port on eight previous occasions and will once again welcome The Tall Ships fleet in the summer of 2016.
The Great Lakes Historical Society and Inland Seas Museum is moving to a new facility in Toledo, Ohio. CAMM will be there to help celebrate their grand opening in April. More details will be posted on CAMM’s annual meeting page as they become available.
Meanwhile please email session proposals to program chair Marifrances Trivelli, <trivelli at lamaritimemuseum.org>. We welcome topics on a wide range of issues of current importance to maritime museums, including but not limited to ship & small craft preservation, special collections, lighthouses/lifesaving stations, underwater archaeology, traveling exhibits, and social media. The proposal should include a brief synopsis of your presentation as well as contact information including email.
Don’t miss it!
If you use boats to teach, it’s a tremendous opportunity to meet and learn from your peers.
This will also be the only TWSBA Conference of the East Coast for several years. So, if you’re nearby, this is the one to attend.
You need to Register Now!
If you’re coming, you need to register. Just fill out the form on our website and send it in, or FAX it, to Mystic Seaport.
If you’re still “on the fence” and need reasons to come, here are two:
The Conference dinner, on Tuesday the 15th, will honor the achievements of Dick and Colleen Wagner from the Center for Wooden Boats. Dick and Colleen created the Center For Wooden Boats. It’s safe to say that most of us have been strongly influenced and inspired by their work. Their trips to the East Coast have been getting rarer. So, don’t miss this chance to celebrate their achievements and say, “Thank You.”
There are going to be great presentations, panel discussions, hands on experiences and practical workshops. Just take a look at this list!
TWSBA 2013 Planned Presentations, Workshops and Experiences-
Presentations and Panel Discussions:
Building To Teach – One Year Out
“Marinizing” the Common Core Standards-
Whaleboats for the Charles W. Morgan:
Serving AdultsWorking with In-School & Out-of School Youth; A Panel Discussion
The Role of the Social Workers and Counselors in TWSBA Organizations
Related Teaching Organizations; A Panel Discussion
Panel Discussion on Fundraising Strategies that Work;Panel Discussion on Incorporating Indigenous Content
Model Boats as Teaching Tools
Training Professional Boat Builders
Taking Care of Basics
Planning Your New Program
Connecting To The Common Core Standards
Hands on Experiences:
Building and Using SeaPerch ROVs
How to Teach Steam Bending
Integrating Tools & Technology into Programs
Foil Boats for Teaching Math, Science and Engineering
Building and Using Indigenous Craft/ First Americans
Sailing Model Boats
Computer Programs as Small Boat Teaching Tools-
Tour Of Dupont Shipyard
Tour of Mystic Seaport’s Mill Storage
On the Water
St Ayles Skiffs
Hull Pilot Gigs and Whaleboats
Various Boating Activities
Best regards on behalf of the Steering Committee,
Until men ventured out into the oceans, only certain parts of the world were know to him…the rest was part of his imagination.
As always, the unknown is the most wanted, and thanks to men like Vasco da Gama (discoverer of the maritime way to India) or Corte Real (discoverer of the Newfoundland) we know the world as it is today. Besides discoverers these men represent the will of a whole nation.
The season of World Exploration allowed civilizations that were once far from each other to get closer and in this way get us to know the concept of “Global Village” that we know nowadays.
Through sea exploration and travel, cultures, traditions and heritage like language were spread amongst the world.
We could continue enumerating a long list of the legacy of the history linked to the sea but what better way to see for yourself when you participate at the ICMM 2013 (International Congress of Maritime Museums), which will take place from the 8 to 15 September, in Cascais, Portugal.
In this Congress you will hear about the maritime heritage that nowadays is preserved in museums intrinsically linked to this subject.
Do not miss this UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY to see and hear about MARTITIME HERITAGE and CELEBRATE OUR FUTURE!
REGISTER NOW: https://www.licom.pt/icmm/login.aspx
We look forward to welcoming you to Cascais in September!
Registration and the preliminary agenda information is now available for the Museum Small Craft Conference to be held October 20 – 23, 2013, at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, N.C. Goto http://www.ncmaritimemuseums.com/beaufort/plan-your-visit/msca.html