More on Maritime Heritage Funding

Many thanks to those of you who have written in support of the Storis Act (S. 1511 and H.R. 2876) . Those following the issues behind the potential legislation to restore full funding to the grants program may be interested in an article by Denise Krepp published yesterday in The Maritime Executive.

If you haven’t already, please send letters supporting the Bill. Here is Tim’s most recent template: Storis letter of support 7.3.15. If possible, send copies of your letters to Tim at Tim provided a list of the pertinent committee members in a previous blog post.

Maritime organizations (including many CAMM members) received over $2.6 million from the 2014 National Maritime Heritage Grants cycle. (See recipient list.) The National Park Service is currrently accepting proposals for another $1.7 million in funding. Education projects can request $15,000 to $50,000 and preservation projects can request $50,000 to $200,000. A one-to-one match from non-Federal sources is required. Federal entities cannot apply but their partners or friends groups can.

For those of you considering an application for a 2015 grant, the August 3 deadline is fast approaching. Keep in mind that it takes up to two weeks for your registration on the federal grants website to be processed. For more information visit the NPS maritime grants website.

Naming Rights Policy Sought

Richard O’Farrell, director of the Door County Maritime Museum, is seeking information from the CAMM membership. He writes “the Door County Maritime Museum is currently preparing to begin a capital campaign for an eleven-story tower as an addition to our Sturgeon Bay facility. Part of the fundraising will involve large donors and naming right opportunities. We do not have a naming rights policy. Do any of the other CAMM members have a policy that they would be willing to share with us?”

O’Farrell can be contacted at

U.S. Lightship Museum – Member Update

Lightship Nantucket (LV 112) in 1946. Image courtesy of the U.S. Lightship Museum

Lightship Nantucket (LV 112) in 1946. Image courtesy of the U.S. Lightship Museum

“On Friday, August 7, 2015, Nantucket Lightship/LV-112, a former commissioned U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) floating lighthouse (1936-75), National Historic Landmark and National Treasure, will commemorate the restoration of its historic 500,000-candlepower light beacon (23-mile range) and the activation of its foghorn (14-mile range) at its homeport berth in Boston Harbor. At dusk on August 7, Nantucket/LV-112’s bright and guiding main light beacon will be turned on once again for the first time since the ship was decommissioned at the USCG-Base Boston in 1975 and its navigational aids were extinguished. The restoration of LV-112’s light beacon, foghorn and radio beacon tower components were made possible by a generous grant awarded to the U.S. Lightship Museum (USLM) by American Express, facilitated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The date for celebrating lighthouses is based in America’s maritime heritage. On August 7, 1789, the United States Congress approved an act for the “establishment and support of Lighthouse, Beacons, Buoys, and Public Piers.” Two hundred years later, Congress designated August 7 as National Lighthouse Day. It provides recognition for the important maritime role played by lighthouses and lightships (floating lighthouses), vessels stationed in waters where it was unsuitable to build lighthouses.”

For complete article, see U.S. Lightship Museum’s enewsletter (July 2015).

Maritime Heritage Funding Bills – Action Needed

June 28, 2015

Maritime Heritage Funding Bills Introduced in U.S. House and Senate—Action Needed

Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA) introduced in the House on June 24 the Storis Act (H.R. 2876), the companion to the Senate bill (S. 1511, Storis Act) introduced June 4 by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA). Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) was co-sponsor. It was referred to the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

The House bill was co-sponsored by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Rep. Filomen Vela (D-TX). The bill was referred to the Committee on Commerce and Energy and the House Armed Services Committee.

Both versions of the Storis Act include Section 4 (c) (C), which will restore the maritime heritage grant program at the level of funding set in the National Maritime Heritage Act (1994). This is a major step forward and requires action by the maritime heritage community. We must contact members of Congress to secure more sponsors of the bills, and supporters in both House and Senate. This will ensure the bills will pass committees and be incorporated in a spending bill.

A draft letter is attached. Also attached is a list of committee members of the Senate Commerce Science and Transportation Committee, and the House committees on Commerce and Energy, and Armed Services. Note the list of members of the three subcommittees assigned to act on the bills. We must contact those members.

Write to those on committees in your district and state. If your senators or representatives are not on the three committees, write anyway. You can urge them to become sponsors of the bills, or vote if a bill is on the floor.

Contact with members of Congress is critical. If possible, copy your e-letter to the appropriate staff member in the office. Please make the effort. Please send me copies of your letters.

Thanks for your support.

Tim Runyan                                                                                                                                                                      Chair, National Maritime Alliance

Support Letter Template Storis Act.6.29.15

Senate CST Committee.Subcom. Surface Trasport. 2015.

Subcoms. on Environment and the Economy Armed Services

CAMM Banner Displayed on Kalmar Nyckel

KALMAR NYCKEL captain Lauren Morgens hoists the CAMM banner. Photo from the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation Facebook page.

KALMAR NYCKEL captain Lauren Morgens hoists the CAMM banner. Photo from the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation Facebook page.

The CAMM banner made a surprise appearance on Kalmar Nyckel. Perhaps this is a trial run of the cruise CAMM conference participants will be taking next April? As hosts of CAMM’s 2016 conference in Wilmington, Delaware, the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation is gearing up early for what should be a great event!  Mark your calendars for April 25 – 27.

Support Needed for Bill to Restore Maritime Heritage Funding

Submitted by Tim Runyan, Chair, National Maritime Alliance


Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) introduced the Storis Act on June 4, with co-sponsor Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA). It is Senate Bill 1511 (S. 1511).  Storis (Ships to be Recycled in the States) Act was referred to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee (CST). The Act includes Section 4 (c) (C) that restores funding for the maritime heritage grants program.

Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA) is expected to introduce the Storis Act in the House very soon.

However, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee just introduced its version of the Coast Guard Authorization Act that we hoped would include the Storis Act (S. 1511)–it did not. We must alert senators, and ask them to add the Storis Act to the Coast Guard bill; or support the Storis Act as a stand alone bill. CST has scheduled an executive committee meeting for Thursday, 25 June. We must act NOW!

I have attached a draft letter for you. Please email/mail your letters to your senators, and appropriate staff members. Write both of your senators–most will not be on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee (CST). I have attached a list of members.

You can write on behalf of your organization to a member of the CST Committee—I suggest Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) the Ranking member of CST; Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) Ranking member of the subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Merchant Marine, and Ranking member of the subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard.

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) are also on both of those subcommittees. Also, Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI); Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) On Oceans, Coast Guard subcommittee.                                                                             

If you know of maritime heritage organizations or initiatives in the state please mention them. Write your senators; and target CST Committee members.

I know writing takes some time. But we know that advocacy pays off–$7M.  $2.6M awarded in April, and the deadline for round two proposals ($1.7M), is August 3.

Please write before Thursday, later if you must.


Letter to Support Storis Act

Senate CST Committee 2015