Nantucket Lightship’s Aid to Navigation System to be Restored

Nantucket Lightship is home-ported in Boston. Photo courtesy of U.S. Lightship Museum.

Nantucket Lightship is home-ported in Boston. Photo courtesy of U.S. Lightship Museum

The U.S. Lightship Museum recently reported receiving “a $250,000 grant from American Express to rebuild its navigational light beacon, radio beacon structures, foghorn and on-board electrical systems.”

“Nearly 80 years after it began safeguarding the trans-Atlantic shipping lanes with its powerful guiding light, radio beacon and foghorn, Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 will once again be illuminated in its homeport of Boston. The ‘Statue of Liberty of the Sea,’ as it’s affectionately known, is a symbol of America’s development. Anchored 100 miles off the U.S. mainland near the dangerous Nantucket Shoals from 1936-75, it was the last landmark seen by vessels departing the United States and the first beacon seen by many immigrants entering U.S. waters. Restoration is underway on this former U.S. Coast Guard floating lighthouse to make it accessible for future generations to better understand the vital lightship era of our nation’s maritime history and to function as a floating learning center.”

Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 was designated a “National Treasure” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2012.  To learn more about the National Treasures program and their partnership with American Express goto that program’s website. To learn more about the lightship’s restoration download the complete newsletter or visit their website.

N.C. Maritime Museum Seeks Watercraft Center Manager

North Carolina Maritime Museum Watercraft Center, Beaufort

North Carolina Maritime Museum Watercraft Center, Beaufort



The North Carolina Maritime Museum in the Department of Cultural Resources seeks a Watercraft Center Manager for its Watercraft Center in Beaufort, NC. This is a full-time permanent State Government position. The hiring salary is $30,856, and the successful candidate will start working early in April 2015.

Must have a strong working knowledge of power tools and their safe usage. Must be knowledgeable in basic watercraft construction materials and techniques. Must be adept at sourcing required tools and materials using online and other resources. Must be able to train and supervise a largely volunteer work force. Must be demonstrably goal-oriented, self-motivated and able to work independently under supervision. Must possess strong, interpersonal skills. Must be alert to personal and visitor safety at all times. Graduation from high school and two years of experience in boat construction, including supervisory or managerial experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Applications must be made only online through the NC Office of State Human Resources website:

To apply for this position go to: and search under Department of Cultural Resources.

Candidates are encouraged to submit further supporting material in addition to completing the mandatory standard application form. All applications must be received by 5:00 PM EST on Monday, March 9, 2015.

The Department of Cultural Resources is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Objects Available for Transfer from the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society

The Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society (PSMHS), located in Seattle, Washington, has put together a list of objects that have been deaccessioned because they are either redundant to their collection, are not within their capability to care for, or are beyond their collection scope. PSMHS holds the legal title to all objects listed and will transfer to any appropriate institution’s permanent or education collection. Please note that some objects may poor condition.

If your institution is interested in any of the objects, please contact Alicia Barnes at by Monday, March 30, 2015, for photos or more information. Please include the object’s ID number when inquiring. Object claims will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

List of available objects

Preliminary Schedule for CAMM Conference Now Available


Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum

CAMM’s upcoming conference at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, April 13-14, is a great opportunity to learn what your colleagues are doing both through formal sessions and one-on-one social activities. In addition to reviewing maritime heritage issues around the country you can also explore the rich history of the active ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

For a full list of sessions and activities download the program as of March 11.

The annual meeting webpage also offers information on registration, lodging at a special conference rate, transportation, an optional field trip to the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, and travel grants for CAMM members. (You do not have to be a CAMM member to attend the conference.)

San Francisco Maritime National Park Association Seeks CEO

The San Francisco Maritime National Park Association (the “Association”), a non-profit now into its seventh decade of operation, is seeking an enthusiastic Chief Executive Officer who will lead and direct the organization, and who will welcome the opportunity and challenge to actively participate in a stimulating assessment and selection of its future direction and strategic plans.

CEO position announcement (click to download)