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Administrator, Council of American Maritime Museums

5-minute updates at 2021 conference

At every CAMM conference there is an opportunity for museums to tell attendees about recent exciting developments in their museums. This year’s virtual conference will be no different. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please contact the CAMM Administrator with an email to There is only a limited number of slots available, so be quick!

AASLH Annual National Visitation Survey for History Organizations.

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) is currently accepting responses to their annual “National Visitation Survey for History Organizations,” the only national effort to monitor and report on in-person visitation trends at history museums, historic sites, and other history organizations. This survey will help the field assess the impact extended closures from Covid-19, climate change, social unrest, and more had on our institutions last year. In addition to asking about changes to in-person visitation from 2019 to 2020, the survey includes a special section about the impact of the pandemic on operations, capacity restrictions, and staffing.

Your response is absolutely critical to this effort. With information about budget, staffing, and visitation on-hand, the survey should only take about ten minutes. Your contribution to this survey will help the entire field better understand the impact 2020 had on the history community and help AASLH provide better resources and support for the road ahead. Please complete the survey and encourage colleagues at other institutions to do the same.

The survey closes on March 31.

Maritime Administration Announces Comment Period for Future Use of the Historic Vessel NS Savannah

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has published a Federal Register Notice inviting comments on MARAD’s future plans for the N.S. Savannah (NSS). The notice can be found at 

Under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), MARAD is engaged in formal consultations with federal, state, and organizational stakeholders, and expects to enter into a Programmatic Agreement with those stakeholders in the next few months. The agreement includes a stipulation that details how MARAD will consider future uses for the vessel after its nuclear power plant is fully decommissioned. 

Comments can be submitted electronically online through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at under docket number MARAD-2020-0133.  Alternatively, comments may be mailed to the following address: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Management Facility, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20590.  In person submissions are being accepted in accordance with social distancing protocols in place.

All submissions to the docket will be posted without change to and will include any personal information you provide. 

Annual Navy History and Heritage Awards Program

Deadline for nominations is 1 June 2021. Nomination forms and criteria for the new awards is found on the link below. For questions on these awards and for submitting nominations, the POC is Roger Raber at 202-433-9696; ( But while Roger is on military leave to 1 March, the Interim POC is Jeff Barta at 202-433-3973 (


The dates of the 2021 CAMM virtual conference have been changed. The meeting will take place April 19-21, 2021.

This year’s registration rate is $39.00 which includes access to all sessions, virtual social events, and use of the online archive of sessions for 90 days from the end of the conference. Registration will open on February 22, 2021.

The conference will be presented via a customized platform and speakers will have the opportunity to access technical support before and during the conference. In addition to the usual presentations and panels, there will be virtual social events, making this year’s conference both informative and rewarding.

Due to their affordable nature (with no travel or lodging expenses), online conferences usually attract a much larger number of registrants, which means your presentation will reach a much broader audience.

The call for proposal deadline remains February 12, 2021.

Please take a moment to review the submission guidelines at and feel free to contact the Chair of the Program Committee, Laura Orr, with any questions at

We look forward to your attendance and participation! 

The historic last Elco 57

Mr. Charles Toledo has written to CAMM:

“I am the current custodian (i.e. owner footing all the bills) of the very last Elco 57 ever built (Hull #41.57.04; Doc #240807) and the last Elco luxury yacht built before WW II – the company then went into full production building PT boats for the Navy.

According to documents the Navy sent me, the original owner presumably gifted this boat to the Navy after the Pearl Harbor attack, and she ended up serving during WW II (1942-1944) as YP 359 at the Navy Base in Key West, Florida (I’d be glad to show records to this effect).

Another curious fact about the Elco 57 model – they only built 9 of them between 1939 and 1941; only 4 survive today (mine included). The first of the Elco 57’s was bought by Howard Johnson (the famous hotelier). A couple of years later, while serving as Governor of the Bahamas, the Duke of Windsor (former King Edward the VIII) bought an Elco 57 and used to cruise around the Bahamas along with Howard Johnson in their twin yachts.

I’ve had her for 7 years now, trying to keep her afloat and clean, while wrangling resources to do a proper restoration. Unfortunately,as in many of these cases, my family and personal situation has changed and I need to pass on the project to someone willing to care for her the way she deserves.

This boat deserves to be saved, given the few of the type remaining and her service to the country.

I am willing to gift the vessel to any reputable entity that could be interested and in a position to take on this project.”

For obvious reasons, CAMM will not publish Mr. Toledo’s contact information here. Any institutions wishing to follow up on this offer should contact the CAMM Administrator.