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

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

The Mariners’ Museum Seeks VP of Collections & Programs

The Vice President of Collections and Programs is a key member of the Museum’s senior leadership team and is responsible to assist in fulfilling the Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles of The Mariners’ Museum by increasing attendance, public awareness, and popular appeal of the Museum’s collections through exhibitions, education and outreach programs, online and print publications, and other interpretive methods while supporting and enhancing revenue-generating capabilities and maintaining fiscal responsibility for the Museum Collections and Programs division. The Vice President, Collections and Programs must adhere to the highest museological and academic standards. Reporting to the President/CEO, the Vice President of Collections and Programs is responsible for the administrative and managerial oversight of a staff of twenty-four, including the Chief Curator, Director, Photographic Services, Licensing, & Publications, the Director of Collections Management, the Director of Exhibits, the Chief Conservator, and the Director of the USS Monitor Center. This is an exciting opportunity for an entrepreneurial candidate further The Mariners’ Museum’s reputation as the nation’s maritime museum.

For full announcement: VP Collections.Programs

Naval History & Heritage Command Seeks Museum Specialist

This position is located in the Collections Management Section, Curator Branch, Collection Management Division, Naval History and Heritage Command located at the Defense Supply Center in Richmond, VA. The Curator Branch is responsible for the management of Navy properties of historical and inspirational value, including artifacts, shipboard equipment, ordnance, uniforms, photographs, and memorabilia. This responsibility encompasses accessioning, preserving, storing, accounting for, and loaning to eligible recipients the properties in the Navy’s historical collections.

For more information.

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

Hotel Deadline for CAMM Conference


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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