The Council of American Maritime Museum’s Board is delighted to welcome four new members!
- Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Oxnard, California
- Institute of Nautical Archaeology, College Station, Texas
- Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler, Bronx, New York
- Ocean Institute, Dana Point, California
According to their website, “The Ocean Institute, founded in 1977, educates 250,000 visitors annually through over 60 marine science and maritime history programs. Located on 2.4 acres in the Dana Point Harbor, adjacent to a Marine Life Conservation Area, the facility is an ocean education center that offers in-depth Marine Science, Maritime History and Outdoor Education programs.
The Institute includes state-of-the-art teaching labs, the spectacular Maddie James Seaside Learning Center, two historic tall ships, and an oceanographic research vessel. Immersion-based field trips range from one-hour science labs to multi-day programs at sea and at the Lazy W Ranch, in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. All programs are designed to maximize immersion, spark curiosity, and inspire a deep commitment to learning.”
Affiliated with the Texas A&M University, the Institute of Nautical Archaeology is based in College Station, Texas. A non-profit international research organization “committed to locating, excavating, recording, preserving, and publishing archaeological sites of maritime significance—including wrecked and buried ships, submerged ruins, and their associated artifacts, INA was founded over 40 years ago by Dr. George Bass, who in the 1960s pioneered the science of archaeological excavation under water. INA conducts work around the globe on shipwrecks and submerged sites. INA’s projects represent all historical periods and geographic regions, from the 14th-century B.C. Bronze Age shipwreck at Uluburun, Turkey to the 19th-century A.D. side-wheel steamboat Heroine in Red River, Oklahoma.”
The mission of the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Oxnard, California, is to “provide a rewarding museum experience based on the age of sail and to enhance the understanding of our rich maritime heritage through world-class maritime art, unique ship models, dynamic exhibits, and educational programs.” The museum offers a wide range of educational tours and activities for students in grades 3 through 12, as well as field trips and a summer education program. Permanent exhibits include seascape paintings and a variety of ship models–some carved by French prisoners-of-war from soup bones.
The Maritime Museum at Fort Schuyler is housed on the campus of the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College at historic Fort Schuyler, The Bronx, New York. According to their website, “Touring the museum is like strolling through passages of time. The museum offers one of the largest collections of maritime industry materials in the nation and is displayed chronologically. The main exhibit area located on the second floor is entitled ‘The Evolution of Seafaring’ and encompasses the history of seafaring from the ancient Phoenicians to present day steamship companies and passenger ship lines. Exhibits in the area include paintings, models of early sailing vessels, clipper ships, turn of the century vessels up to and including the present day, as well as tools and navigational instruments of bygone days to modern times.”
Submitted by Candace Clifford using extracts from these members’ websites, April 12, 2016