More Press on the Maritime Heritage Grants

Tim Runyan shared a link to Denise Krepp’s op-ed article, “The Real Facts about Maritime Heritage Grants,” in the MARITIME EXECUTIVE. Her article is a response to the MARAD administrator’s column “A Fair Accounting of the Maritime Heritage Grant Program” that appeared in yesterday’s AMERICAN SHIPPER.

Tim also reported that the STORIS Act now has six sponsors including Rep. Don Young (R-AK) who served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Although progress is being made,Tim encourages folks “to write their senators and representatives, visit local offices to express their support for STORIS.”

August 4, 2015

New Coast Guard Cutter James to Visit Home of Her Massachusetts Namesake

USCGC JOSHUA JAMES is named for the famous keeper of the Point Allerton Lifesaving Station, Hull, Masschusetts.

USCGC JAMES is named for the famous keeper of the Point Allerton Lifesaving Station, Hull, Masschusetts.

The new US Coast Guard Cutter James, at 418 ft., the largest class of strategic defense ship in the Coast Guard fleet, will visit Hull waters this Sunday, August 2nd. Named for Joshua James, the most famous and celebrated lifesaver of the US Life-Saving Service, and captain of the Point Allerton Station from 1889 to 1902, now home to the Hull Lifesaving Museum, the James is one of the newest Legend class of long-range national security cutters designed to operate anywhere around the globe. Following her sojourn in Hull waters the ship will proceed to Boston for a private commissioning ceremony on August 8th.

Excerpted from a press release submitted by Connie Leung, Hull Lifesaving Museum, July 28, 2015

Classification System for Vessel Types Sought

Lea Edgar, Librarian & Archivist at Vancouver Maritime Museum, recently queried:

I was wondering if anyone has produced a comprehensive thesaurus or vocabulary for types of vessels? I see a lot of lists out there but none seem to be very official. I am looking for a list that will include broader and narrower terms so that we can include it in a new database we are building. For  instance, I want it to include all the different types of fishing vessels. Thanks for your help.

If anyone has created such a guide, please share it with Lea at

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Seeks Shipwright Educator

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is seeking an experienced wooden boat builder with at least three years of teaching experience–middle school student experience preferred–as well as, program design/lesson planning curriculum management and delivery.

College degree or equivalent required. Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office and Google applications required. Organizational, problem-solving and leadership skills are essential, with excellent oral communication skills for interaction and program promotion to Museum visitors and the general public. Evening and weekend hours may be necessary.

Full time position with excellent benefits. Send letter with resume and references to Human Resources, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, 213 N. Talbot St., St. Michaels, MD 21663, or email:

Submitted by Kristen Greenaway, July 27, 2015

Full Time Federal Museum Specialist Job Posting

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.

Full announcement

Suggestions for Improving Historic Ship Accessibility?

DSCN0378 DSCN0379Dennis Brookie is reaching out to CAMM members in an effort to learn how other historic sailing vessels “provide accessible experiences on board.” He is working with the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park to improve access to Alma, an 1891 wooden-hulled scow schooner and National Historic Landmark. The National Park Service maintains and operates this ship to provide sailing experiences to visitors.

The challenge is providing access from a floating dock to the deck of the ship.

Do any of you have “current solutions for similar experiences that exist?”

Please contact Brookie at