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Administrator, Council of American Maritime Museums

Request to CAMM Member Museums: Help Connect Retired Merchant Mariners with the Sailors of Snug Harbor Foundation

The Trustees of the Sailors of Snug Harbor are looking to connect with retired mariners. SSH is an operating foundation dedicated to assisting retired mariners wherever they live, who need financial assistance and meet the eligibility criteria. More than 16,500 mariners have been assisted since its inception in the early nineteenth century.

If CAMM Member and Affiliate Museums would like brochures to distribute at their institutions, please contact:

The Trustees of the Sailors’ Snug HarborThe Trustees of the Sailors' Snug Harbor in the City of New York
17 Battery Place, Suite 230
New York,NY 10004
Tel: 646-465-8585, Toll Free: 1-888-257-5456
Fax: 212-513-0243

Alternately, if CAMM Members and Affiliates have affinity groups that would benefit from Sailors’ Snug Harbor support services for retired mariners, please feel free to forward this brochure.

The Trustees of the Sailors’ Snug Harbor (SSH) was incorporated in
1806 as the result of a bequest made by Captain Robert Richard Randall, a
wealthy New York merchant. It was Captain Randall’s desire to have his
estate utilized to assist ‘aged, decrepit and worn-out seamen…’.

Who We Are
SSH is a non-profit organization whose mission is to financially aid
retired career mariners with a proven need of assistance. SSH no longer
owns or operates a retirement facility for mariners in Sea Level, NC, Staten
Island, NY or anywhere else. Today, we assist mariners in their home

Whom we assist
We offer support to career mariners who can demonstrate they have a need
for financial assistance and meet the following requirements:

  •  2555 days of deep sea time, at least five years on U.S. flagged ships or 14 years working on inland rivers
  • 65 years of age or older or on disability  (Some exceptions may be made)
  • Proven need for financial assistance
  • Resident of the USA (or its territories)
  • An individual with $50,000 or more in assets will not be eligible (primary residence excluded)
  • A three year look back period will be used
  • Public benefits available to a mariner must be accessed, if eligible, before any subsidy from SSH is approved. For example, VA benefits, Medicaid, SNAP etc.

More than 16,500 mariners have been assisted since its inception in the
early nineteenth century.

Each interested Mariner must complete an application that requires detailed
information about present living arrangements, financial history etc.

Contact Sailors’ Snug Harbor
If you have any questions or are in need of assistance, please call our Mariner
Counselor at 1-888-257-5456. The web site
has a link to our application. If you do not have access to a computer, please
call and one will be sent to you.

We look forward to hearing from you.

The Australian National Maritime Museum is Seeking North American Hosts for an International Tour of their Exhibit: ‘James Cameron – Challenging the Deep’

Immerse yourself in the world of James Cameron, where art, science and technology combineThe Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney is planning an international tour of our highly immersive, artefact and multi-media packed exhibit ‘James Cameron – Challenging the Deep’ and is seeking expressions of interest from potential host museums for the North American leg starting in late 2020 – early 2021.

Immerse yourself in the world of James Cameron, where art, science and technology combineBeginning with the 14-year-old science enthusiast from Chippawa Canada, who builds his first submersible and tests it with his pet mouse as pilot, the exhibit takes visitors on a 45 year journey and 8 deep ocean expeditions with Cameron to Titanic, Bismarck, extreme ocean environments and finally to the Challenger Deep of the Mariana Trench in a unique submersible he built in secret in Australia. The exhibit blends four cinema-scale projection screens, programmed lighting and a continuous soundtrack into a single seamless immersive environment – avoiding the common museum pitfall of too much sound in not enough space.Immerse yourself in the world of James Cameron, where art, science and technology combine.

Artefacts include miniatures, models and costumes from Cameron’s underwater sci-fi epic ‘The Abyss’; costumes, props, models and Cameron’s own script from ‘Titanic’; ROVs from three expeditions to Titanic and to Bismarck; artefacts from the science, design and construction of the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER; a live science demonstration growing rusticles; and specimens collected in the Mariana Trench by HMS Challenger in 1875 and by Cameron in 2012.

In the seven months from opening to 30 January there have been 120,000 ticketed visitors to the exhibit which closes in Sydney mid-2019. The exhibit occupies 400 – 500 square metres and requires a ceiling height of just under 5 metres. Venues will need to meet international museum environmental and security standards. For additional information about the exhibit or to express interest please contact Richard Wood, Creative Producer – Manager USA Programs ( or Will Mather, Project Manager ( at the Australian National Maritime Museum

Registration Now Open for the International Congress of Maritime Museums: Stockholm & Mariehamn, Aland, 15-20 September 2019

ICMMRegistration is NOW OPEN for the ICMM Congress 2019:
Stockholm & Mariehamn, Aland
15-20 September 2019

The ICMM 2019 Congress showcases Stockholm and Mariehamn in the Åland Islands and includes a Congress session at sea en route to Mariehamn.

Registration for the the Congress is now open and everything you need to know about the Congress and how to register is on the Congress website.


Welcome to the Baltic Sea and the 19th ICMM congress to be held in Stockholm, Sweden and in Mariehamn, the Åland Islands 15– 20 September 2019, with post-congress options to Tallinn, Helsinki, Uppsala and Karlskrona.


ICMM brings maritime museum professionals together from all over the world for regular conferences, creating a strong network of maritime museums and people.

Useful information


15– 20 September 2019


  • 525 € early birds (15 Jan – 30 April)
  • 565 € slugabeds (1 May – 2 June)
  • 650 € non ICMM members (15 Jan – 2 June)


Maximum of 120 delegates

Birds eye view of Stockholm (photo ICMM)

For more information, go to the ICMM 2019 website.

North Carolina Maritime Museum Seeking Maritime Curator

Maritime Curator

$42,780.00 – $72,424.00 Annually
Carteret County, NC
Job Type
Permanent Full-Time
Dept of Natural and Cultural Resources
Job Number
18-AH60083657 AH60083657
2/15/2019 5:00 PM Eastern
Description of Work
Anticipated Vacancy
This is a reposted vacancy announcement. Previous applicants are still being considered and do not need to reapply.
**This position is posted at recruitment salary of $42,780-$50,391 and at
salary grade equivalent GN11**

This position will be located at:
Maritime Museums
315 Front Street
Beaufort, NC  28516

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ (DNCR) vision is to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Our mission is to improve quality of life by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature throughout North Carolina.  The Department works to stimulate learning, inspire creativity, preserve the state’s history, conserve the state’s natural heritage, encourage recreation and cultural tourism, and promote economic development.  Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion among our employees and our programming to reflect and celebrate our state’s diverse population, culture, and history by expanding engagement with diverse individuals and communities. We encourage you to apply to become a part of our team.

The Division of State History Museums collects and preserves artifacts and other historical materials relating to the history and heritage of North Carolina in a local, regional, national and international context to assist people in understanding how the past influences the present.  The division interprets history through exhibitions, educational programs, and publications available to the visitor on-site or through distance-learning technologies.

The Maritime Museums Group of the Division of State History Museums, includes the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, the Maritime Museum in Beaufort, and the Maritime Museum at Southport and is dedicated to the preservation, advancement, and presentation of maritime history, shipwrecks, and the broader maritime cultural landscape of North Carolina. The interpretive region of the group stretches from the Virginia border through Brunswick County and all contiguous sound and ocean waters.  These museums preserve, research, exhibit, and interpret their collections for the benefit of the general public and diverse audiences in order to:  inspire appreciation; encourage discovery; promote an active, responsible understanding for the maritime history and heritage of the coastal region in a local, regional, national and international context; and encourage visitors to reflect on their own lives and place in history.

Description of Work:
The duties of the Maritime Curator II position are:

  • Oversees all maritime components of the Maritime Museum System: collections, exhibitions, programs, publications and presentations.
  • Supervises all aspects of operations and programs in the Watercraft Center and watercraft storage at NCMM Beaufort.
  • Researches, records and interprets all aspects of the maritime culture of North Carolina for the Maritime Museum System.
  • Assists other agencies, museums, institutions, and researchers on an “as requested ” basis and responds to inquiries from staff, volunteers, authors, students, and the public.
  • Must have strong writing skills.

Management Preferences:

  • Bachelor’s degree in history or maritime studies from appropriately accredited institution.
  • Four years of experience in museum or related work in the field of maritime studies and small craft delineation and documentation or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated ability in oral history interview techniques.
  • Mechanical drawing / drafting training / experience.
  • Training /experience in proper handling of archival materials.
  • Knowledge of conservation / preservation of ships / boats.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
**To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must provide the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed as general statements, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit.**  

  1. Demonstrated broad knowledge of local, national, and international maritime history.
  2. Demonstrated broad knowledge of the historical development of boats and boat building techniques.
  3. Demonstrated knowledge of naval architectural history and practices.
  4. Demonstrated knowledge of wood species used in ship / boat construction.
  5. Demonstrated knowledge of basic tools and woodworking techniques in ship / boat construction.
  6. Demonstrated knowledge of the history of sailing and seamanship.
  7. Demonstrated experience in designing and delivering programs / lectures for diverse audiences.
  8. Demonstrated knowledge and background in archival and primary source research.
  9. Valid North Carolina Driver’s License or the ability to obtain for employment.
  10. Ability to lift 50 lbs, unassisted, climb ladders and stairs and travel as required.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Biology, Botany, Conservation, Education, History or Zoology from an appropriately accredited institution and four years of museum or related work, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Supplemental and Contact Information
The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) selects applicants for employment based on required education and experience and job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation or political influence.

Please be sure to complete the application in full. Resumes may be uploaded with your application, but will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application and will not be considered for qualifying credit.  “See Resume” or “See Attachment” will NOT be accepted. Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.  Transcripts, and degree evaluations may be uploaded with your application.
To obtain veterans preference, you must scan and upload a copy of your DD-214 or discharge orders.

Technical issues submitting your application, please call the NeoGov Help Line at 855-524-5627.

Applicants requesting and receiving an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are eligible to submit paper applications via mail or by fax.  Please call the human resources office for assistance.

If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date.

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account.  Upon the closing date, applications are “Under Review” and will be screened by Human Resources for the qualified applicants. The hiring process may take an average of 6 – 8 weeks.

It is the policy of the State of North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that all employees provide proof of employment eligibility (immigration and naturalization) on the first day of employment.   We participate in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility Verification System).

N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Division of Human Resources
4603 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4603
Phone:  919-807-7373

2019 CAMM Conference Program Available and Registration Open


2019 Annual Conference in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, hosted by the Wisconsin Maritime Museum (photo WMM)

DATES: April 24-26, 2019

LOCATION: Manitowoc, Wisconsin

HOST: Wisconsin Maritime Museum

CONFERENCE PROGRAM:  CAMM 2019 Conference Program

REGISTRATION: Please download, fill out, and submit the CAMM Conference registration form Click here for registration form and submit to Paypal link available from Registration Form.

  • Full conference registration is $199 and includes all conference session, lunches, receptions, and banquet.
  • Daily rates available for one day attendance (see registration form).
  • Spouse/guest registration for social events only (no sessions) is $125.
  • Optional Door County maritime landscape tour is $40

Registration Deadline is April 15, 2019.

EVENTS: In addition to conference sessions held at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, all tours and special events are included with full conference registration, including:

OPTIONAL SATURDAY TOUR: Saturday optional Door County maritime landscape bus tour (featuring the Door County Maritime Museum). 9:00am-3:30pm. $40 per person. Includes:

  • Round trip bus ride from Wisconsin Maritime Museum (Manitowoc) to the Door County Maritime Museum (Sturgeon Bay) – Includes en route narration by Wisconsin Historical Society Maritime Archaeologist Tamara Thomsen.
  • Tour of the Door County Maritime Museum, led by DCMM staff, including the exhibits The Water Defines Us: DCMM@50 and Shipwrecks of Door County, and gallery lecture by Larry Herbst of the Sturgeon Bay Model Shop (tent.).
  • Lunch at the Door County Fire Company restaurant, including a presentation from the creative team behind the musical Windjammers, inspired by tales and tunes of 19th century Great Lakes sailors; courtesy of Northern Sky Theater.
  • Drive past Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding – Tracing its history back to 1918, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding is an industry leader in the construction and repair of large ships and is a highlight of the working waterfront of Sturgeon Bay.

LODGING: Blocks of rooms and special rates have been established at the following hotels.  Please reference “CAMM Conference” when booking rooms:

  • Baymont by Wyndham Manitowoc Lakefront
    101 Maritime Drive, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
    Phone: 920-482-2097 (adjacent to the museum)
    $89 a night – includes continental breakfast
  • Holiday Inn Manitowoc
    4601 Calumet Avenue, Manitowoc
    Phone: 920-682-6000 (3 miles from museum)
    $119 a night – includes full breakfast at hotel restaurant
  • Click here for more Manitowoc/Two Rivers lodging options


Tourism & Transportation: Manitowoc is located 30 minutes south of Green Bay and 1 1/2 hours north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin easily accessible by international airports in both cities.  Rental cars and shuttles are available from both airports.

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LEONARD RENNIE PROFESSIONAL TRAVEL GRANTS: Will be available for 2019 CAMM Conference. CAMM offers grants in support of professional development (including attendance at the CAMM Conference) for staff of member museums. Grants for 50% of total cost of travel, registration and lodging are available up to $750.  Monies are limited so apply early. Download application:


Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and Mystic Seaport Museum Launch Single-Use Plastic Free Initiative


As part of its new, single-use plastic-free initiative, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has eliminated the use of plastic cups for its monthly All-Staff breakfast meetings. (photo: CBMM)

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has recently announced an initiative that will work toward eliminating single-use plastics at its Miles River campus in St. Michaels, Md.

The initiative is being implemented in collaboration with Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Ct., with a goal to provide a benchmark for other maritime museums and their communities to replicate.

CBMM’s Sustainability Committee began planning for the project in early 2018, when CBMM President Kristen Greenaway asked the committee to prioritize eliminating single-use plastics on CBMM’s campus.

“CBMM is committed to the stewardship of the environment, particularly that of the Chesapeake Bay,” commented Greenaway. “This is a ground-breaking initiative for maritime museums, and it positions CBMM and Mystic Seaport Museum in a national conversation around plastics and, particularly, our waterways.”

CBMM is hosting two informational sessions about the initiative on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 5:30 p.m. and Thurs. Jan. 17th at 3:00 p.m. in its Van Lennep Auditorium, with reservations taken at  

Single-use plastic is any item that is meant to be disposed of or recycled after one use. Examples include drinking straws, water bottles, Styrofoam containers, and more.

“Awareness is the first step towards informed action,” said CBMM Director of Education Jill Ferris, who heads the Sustainability Committee. “We’ve spent a considerable amount of time assessing the current uses of plastics on campus and educating our employees and volunteers on ways to reduce plastic and overall waste.

“While our ultimate goal focuses on eliminating single-use plastics, alternatives should be as sustainable as possible—a wasteful alternative is not a better alternative to plastic.”

CBMM is maximizing its resources by using existing supplies before replacing with more sustainable alternatives, which means CBMM guests and members may still see plastic in use on campus as the museum transitions to single-use plastic free alternatives.

“We’ve offered tips for employees and volunteers that others can also implement very easily,” continued Ferris. “Is a plastic item necessary? What waste comes with this product? Can a plastic item be refused or replaced? If a plastic item cannot be eliminated, can it be repurposed, reused, or bought in bulk?”

CBMM will be presenting their initiative at the Small Museum Association Conference in College Park, Md. this February, and at the Council of American Maritime Museum’s Annual Conference in Manitowoc, Wis. this April.

“We see this as part of our commitment to be a vital community partner,” said Greenaway. “And it’s our hope for CBMM to be fully single-use plastic free.”

Frequently asked questions and more about the initiative are at

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay region, and making this resource available to all.

Every aspect of fulfilling this mission is driven by CBMM’s values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship, along with a commitment to providing engaging guest experiences and transformative educational programming, all while serving as a vital community partner. For more information, visit or call 410-745-2916. or:

1st World Congress on Maritime Heritage: Connecting with the Past to Navigate the Future – Singapore 13-15 March, 2019


Register today for this unique gathering that will initiate a coordinated effort to communicate the importance of our maritime heritage and current maritime endeavours. It will bring together a diverse global array of maritime stakeholders, and provide a unique opportunity for all to form new partnerships towards achieving a common objective: securing a sustainable future through better understanding of our common maritime heritage. Full conference programme available here.

Maritime heritage is the history of human involvement with the oceans and coastal lands and waters—the history of seafaring, navies, ports and waterfront communities, immigration, fishing, the marine environment, the arts, and the law. The world we live in today is a legacy of our maritime heritage. Driven by the Consortium for International Maritime Heritage, the 1st World Congress will launch a coordinated effort, bringing together a diverse array of maritime constituent groups, institutions, and stakeholders from across the world, and providing a unique opportunity for all to form new partnerships towards achieving a common objective—securing a sustainable future through better understanding of our common maritime heritage.

The 2019 Congress will gather in Singapore, which will be celebrating its 200th anniversary.

A Pressing Need

Our world today is an interconnected global economy and, in many respects, an increasingly connected political, social, and cultural landscape. What is not well understood is that our world is very much the result of the last few centuries of our collective mastering of the seas—a process that has resulted in the greatest mass migrations of human populations in history, global commerce, exploitation of the oceans to fuel the explosion of human populations, and an increased rate of climate change as a result of all this activity. These developments have caused many around the world to ponder an uncertain future. The forces and drivers of change that bridged the seas and connected all cultures and economies still drive our world today, perhaps at an ever-increasing rate. Nevertheless, we are more cognizant than ever of the consequences of failing to adjust, as our actions continue to change the world around us.

The 1st World Congress on Maritime Heritage provides an unprecedented opportunity to re-discover our past through the lens of our shared maritime heritage and will help to shed light on how the factors that affected the past need not affect us in the same way. It will also serve to improve our understanding of how modern uses of the ocean, such as energy extraction and maritime transportation, play important roles in the lives of a global society. The 1st World Congress will serve as a focal point for a wide array of groups, institutions, and individuals to learn about their shared heritage. It provides an opportunity to exchange experiences and cultural values worldwide, to shed light on how we are all interconnected and how we accept the challenge to work towards a better understanding and sustainability of our global economy.

Deliberations at the Congress will provide an additional venue for further working towards achieving Goal 14 of the Sustainable Development Goals, “the world’s best plan to build a better world for people and our planet by 2030,” adopted by the United Nations in 2015: Conserve and Sustainably Use the Oceans, Seas, and Marines Resources for Sustainable Development. Ultimately, it will foster new interactions and help new coalitions to be formed within the wider maritime community to evolve better ways to cooperate towards our shared purposes.

Who Should Attend?

The 1st Congress is designed to attract 300–500 international leaders and participants from diverse sectors including:

  • All elements of the maritime industries sector
  • Maritime museums and aquariums
  • Port cities and coastal regional planners
  • Historians, archaeologists, geographers, economists, and other scholars who study the interaction between humans and the ocean

 The Program

A three-day program will combine plenary, thematic, regional and interactive sessions and consist of a wide range of speakers and panelists from diverse sectors. It also includes three evening functions, which will provide the ideal platform for networking. Details are posted on the World Congress website.

For more information on the World Congress on Maritime Heritage and how to register, visit .