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Historic Steamboat Sabino Returns to Service August 2, 2017 

CAMM Members – some more good news about historic vessels at out Member institutions returning to service:

Historic Steamboat Sabino Returns to Service August 2
National Historic Landmark at Mystic Seaport is Oldest Coal-Fired Vessel Operating on a Regular Schedule in U.S.

 Mystic, Conn. (July 31, 2017) — Mystic Seaport announced today it will resume operating its steamboat Sabino for public cruises on the Mystic River Wednesday, August 2. The vessel has been under restoration in the Museum’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard for more than two years and is the oldest coal-fired steamboat in regular operation in the United States. Mystic Seaport operates her as a working exhibit providing passengers with an authentic early 20th century steamboat experience.

“We are very proud to return Sabino to work on the Mystic River as she has done for more than 40 years. As the only one of our four National Historic Landmark vessels we regularly operate, she is the best example of our philosophy of preservation and active use,” said Steve White, president of Mystic Seaport.

 Sabino will operate six days a week from the Mystic Seaport waterfront through October 9. There will be three cruises per day: a 30-minute upriver cruise for $8 per person at 2:30 p.m., a 90-minute downriver cruise to the mouth of the Mystic River for $18 per person at 3:30 p.m., and a two-hour downriver cruise at 5:30 p.m. for $25 per person. There will also be a two-hour downriver cruise at 11:30 a.m. on Sundays for $25 per person. The boat will not operate on Tuesdays.

Museum admission is not required for downriver cruises; it is required for the 30-minute cruise. Children 3 and younger ride for free, but they must have a ticket to board. Tickets can be purchased up to two weeks in advance by calling 860.572.5331.

 Sabino can carry 74 passengers and is available for group charters.

 About Sabino
Sabino was built in 1908 in East Boothbay, Maine, and spent most of her career ferrying passengers and cargo between Maine towns and islands. She is 57 feet long and has a beam of 23 feet. Her hull is constructed of wood and she is powered by a 75-horsepower two-cylinder compound steam engine. The engine is the original power plant that was installed in 1908 and was manufactured by the J. H. Paine & Son Co. in nearby Noank, Connecticut. Steam is generated by a coal-fired boiler. Sabino came to Mystic Seaport in 1973 and she was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1992.

The recent restoration began in December 2014 and addressed a number of issues around the vessel, including reframing much of the stern, replacing the keel bolts, installing new planking and decking, and restoring portions of the superstructure. In addition, numerous mechanical and systems upgrades were carried out, most notably the fabrication and installation of a new boiler to meet modern safety and regulatory requirements. The restoration is expected to keep Sabino in operation for at least the next 25 to 30 years.

Financial support for the project was provided by a combination of private philanthropy and public grants, including $172,125 from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, $149,318 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and a National Maritime Heritage Grant of $199,806 administered by the National Park Service in partnership with the U.S. Maritime Administration.

For more information, go to this article on the Mystic Seaport website.

Job Posting: Door County Maritime Museum seeking Curator of Exhibits

The Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay, WI, is looking for a Curator of Exhibits The museum was built in 1997 and is a community icon and leading tourism attraction. The Curator of Exhibits is a full time position and is responsible for exhibit interpretation, design and installation for our three museum locations: Sturgeon Bay location, Cana Island Lighthouse and Gills Rock Maritime Museum. The Exhibit Curator works under the direct supervision of the Executive Director and works in collaboration with curatorial staff to accomplish museum goals with immersive, educational and technologically advance exhibits.  As part of the management team, the position requires participation in and carrying out the organizational strategic plans. The Curator is responsible for drafting and remaining within the confines of an annual exhibition budget which includes: maintenance of existing exhibits, creating new exhibits and consultative planning.  This position may also be required to provide assistance to other departments and/or positions when such duties overlap, such as fundraising, collections management, marketing and event coordinating. The core goal of this position is to develop innovative and creative exhibits of Door County’s rich maritime history, and more broadly, the Great Lakes maritime history in a thoughtful, creative and engaging manner.



  • Provide excellent customer service, promote the museum’s mission and vision in all activities
  • Follow professional museum standards, conservation principles, museum procedures
  • Work collaboratively with associates of the museums
  • Supervise curatorial interns, volunteers, and temporary staff as needed and assist with administrative, collections, research, and exhibit maintenance work
  • Represent the values and mission of the museum both within and outside of the building
  • Work to fulfill the museum’s operating and strategic goals
  • Help develop and give presentations on Door County maritime topics for outside groups or organizations
  • Explore thematic development and design of exhibits
  • Design, prepare, construct and install exhibits
  • Organize and develop a plan for conducting audience evaluations
  • Manage exhibit vendors and negotiate with lending institutions
  • Conduct tours for VIPs, exhibit openings and tour groups as needed
  • Assist in writing grants and corporate sponsorship proposals with Development Manager for exhibition proposals
  • Monitor and ensure assigned duties are carried over by assigned interns or staff in accordance with written/verbal guidelines; take initial remedial action and report discrepancies
  • Plan and recommend new programs and initiatives to the Executive Director, Curatorial Committee and implement changes
  • Prepare and monitor exhibition and expenses
  • Attend training and develop relevant knowledge, techniques and skills for curation
  • Adhere to written/verbal health and safety policies, and other requirements relating to museum/facility equipment
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director


  • Master’s Degree; Or a Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field with several years of museum experience with duties including exhibit design
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge in modern exhibit creation & design methods
  • Demonstrate a clear vision of correct curatorial practices with an appreciation for maritime history
  • Demonstrates resourcefulness, good judgment, excellent oral and written communication skills and excellent organizational skills
  • Self-directed and has the ability to work independently
  • Highly motivated, detail oriented and possesses a strong creative side
  • Ability to problem solve, manage multiple projects, and function in a cooperative team environment
  • Excellent public relations and customer service skills, including customer service concepts and techniques
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work within a committee structure
  • Ability to communicate effectively with outside staff at our other two off-site locations (Gills Rock and Cana Island)
  • Computer literacy skills including a relative proficiency in Microsoft Office and PastPerfect software
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that may include evenings, weekend and holiday assignments


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.  There will be times when this position is expected to travel or work off-site and as such may be subject to various climates including winter exposure.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand and reach with hands and arms. The employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk and sit.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 60 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by sending a resume to:
Attn: Amy Paul, Executive Director
Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society
120 North Madison Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Tel: 920-743-5958   |   |

Model Ships available from Vancouver Maritime Museum

Attention CAMM member institutions:
The Vancouver Maritime Museum has a group of ship models that they are deaccessioning from their collection and are available for transfer. Any receiving institutions would be responsible for related shipping costs.


For a listing of available models with photos, please click this link for a pdf of: VMM Ship Models. Alternately, you can access this dropbox link if there are issues of file size:


Inquires should be directed to:

Duncan MacLeod
Vancouver Maritime Museum
1905 Ogden Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6J 1A3

New email address for proposals for 11th Maritime Heritage Conference/45th Tall Ships America Conference, New Orleans, February 14-17, 2018

Please note the new email address for sending in proposals for the 11th Maritime Heritage Conference/45th Tall Ships America Conference, New Orleans,  February 14-17, 2018.

Please send proposals to:

Proposals are due November 1, 2017.

Additional information is below, or download a pdf of the conference flyer.

Our Maritime Communities-Stronger Together
11th Maritime Heritage Conference 45th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships

New Orleans Marriott-French Quarter
February 14 – 17, 2018

The 11th Maritime Heritage Conference and the 45th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships will come together for an information-packed joint conference encompassing a broad array of topics. The Maritime Heritage Conference was last held in 2014, and is unique in bringing together all elements of the maritime heritage community to discuss topics of common interest. Tall Ships America’s Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships is held annually and known for its high “take away value,” networking opportunities and camaraderie. You are invited to join with us and share an exploration of maritime heritage while charting the course for the future.  The Conference Steering Committee invites you to become involved in the 2018 Conference as a presenter. This is an outstanding opportunity to come together with individuals from all segments of the maritime community to discuss topics of common interest, to learn from your peers, and to share your knowledge and experience with others.

The conference venue is the beautiful New Orleans Marriott. Rooms are available at the terrific rate of $164+ per night! Details of the conference schedule are posted at: and

Focus sessions include, but are not limited to:
♦ Media and Publications                                     ♦ Crew and Staff Training and Development
♦ Tall Ships, Sail Training and Education          ♦ Not for Profit Administration
Under Sail
♦ Marketing and Social Media                             ♦ Fund Development
♦ Vessel Operations and Safety                            ♦ Tall Ships® Events and Host Port

Papers and sessions include, but are not limited to:
♦ Maritime and naval history                              ♦ Inland Water Commerce and seaport                                                                                                     operations
♦ Maritime Art, Literature and Music                ♦ Lighthouses and Lifesaving Stations
♦ Underwater Archaeology                                  ♦ Trade and Communications
♦ Shipbuilding                                                         ♦ Libraries, Archives, and Museums
♦ Marine Science and Ocean Conservation      ♦ National Marine Sanctuaries
♦ Education and Preservation                             ♦ Vessel Restoration
♦ Maritime Heritage Grant Program                  ♦ Small Craft
♦ Marine Protected Areas                                     ♦ Maritime Landscapes

Session Proposals are encouraged. Individual and Session Proposals should include a one-page abstract, and a one-page bio about each presenter. Please email proposals to Dr. David Winkler and Jonathan Kabak at:  For proposal guidelines: or    The deadline for papers and session proposals is November 1, 2017

MHC                                                 TSA

National Park Service awards more than $1.7 million in Maritime Heritage Grants

News Release Date: July 7, 2017

Contact: Tom Crosson, 202-208-6843


While there are many maritime national park sites, these grants allow the NPS and MARAD to assist in the preservation and education of maritime heritage in the community. NPS Photo / San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

WASHINGTON – The National Park Service announced today the apportionment of $1,752,073 for 27 maritime heritage grants to applicants in 13 states and the District of Columbia. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD), the National Park Service awarded grants for projects that teach about and preserve sites and objects related to our nation’s maritime history.

“Protecting our nation’s maritime history is an important part of the National Park Service’s mission to share America’s story,” said Acting National Park Service Director Michael T. Reynolds. “These grants will support efforts to conserve important parts of our maritime history and educate students of all ages.”

The National Maritime Heritage Program Grant awards are made possible through a partnership between the two federal agencies, which both share a commitment to maritime heritage preservation and education. They are funded through recycling of vessels from the MARAD’s National Defense Reserve Fleet. The grant program supports a broad range of maritime education and preservation projects, without expending tax dollars, while ensuring that the vessels are dismantled in an environmentally sound manner.

The National Park Service will administer these projects as direct grants to State Historic Preservation Offices, who will disburse funds to applicants. The recipients of the National Maritime Heritage grants are below. For more information about the grants and the Maritime Heritage Program, please visit

National Maritime Heritage Program Grant Recipients

Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation Educational Programs Interpreting Naval and Maritime History Through STEM $15,000
Channel Islands Maritime Museum The Living Brotherhood of the Tomol: Chumash Paddlers’ Active Legacy $35,562
Friends of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum Creating an Interpretive Master Plan for the tugboat Angels Gate  $40,000
Maritime Museum Association of San Diego Preservation of the Steam Ferry Berkeley $200,000
University of Southern California Maritime Discoveries along the California Coast $49,968
Total $340,530


Mystic Seaport Museum From Clippers to Containers $46,659
Sound Waters Maritime History Sails on Long Island Sound $43,500
University of Connecticut Creating a Blue Heritage Trail for Southeast Connecticut $22,780
Total $112,939

District of Columbia

Naval Historical Foundation Naval Documents of the American Revolution Digitization Project $49,700
Total $49,700


Diving With a Purpose Maritime Archaeology Educational Field Program II $50,000
University of Florida The Florida Shellfish Trail Website and Signage $34,332
University of West Florida Historical Trust The Pensacola Maritime Mural Gallery  $26,630
Total $110,962


Dubuque County Historical Society Lead-Based Paint Abatement of William M. Black $66,999
Total $66,999


Museum of Science and Industry Chicago U-505 Submarine Preservation Accessibility Expansion Project $82,277
Total $82,277


Atlantic Challenge Foundation The Apprenticeshop: Maritime Skills Program $50,000
Maine Maritime Museum Educational Exhibit about the Fresnel Lens and the Lighthouse Lantern  $42,141
Total $92,141


Living Classrooms US Coast Guard Taney Hull Preservation Project $152,389
Total $152,389

New York

South Street Seaport Museum 1930 Tug W.O. Decker: Preservation of Deck and Certificate of Inspection $200,000
Stephen B Luce Library Research Foundation Telling the Stories of Sailors’ Snug Harbor $50,000
Whaling Museum Society Digitizing and Disseminating Whaling Collection Online $49,557
Total  $299,557


Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory Enhancing Awareness and Educational Opportunities for Historic Lake Erie Lighthouses $18,540
Total $18,540


Independence Seaport Museum Cruiser Olympia Hull Repairs and Assessment Surveys $107,689
Total  $107,689

Rhode Island

South East Lighthouse Foundation Southeast Lighthouse Tower Cast Iron Restoration, Block Island $105,000
Total $105,000


The Mariners’ Museum Expanding Analysis Capabilities for USS Monitor Conservation and Interpretation $83,350
Watermens Museum Yorktown Shipwrecks Education Program $30,000
Nauticus Foundation Battleship Wisconsin Engineering Project: Life in the Engine Room $50,000
Total $163,350

Total = $1,752,073

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at, on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

Source: National Park Service News Release 07-07-17

The Adirondack Museum redefines itself as the ‘Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake’

When the Adirondack Museum opened for its 60th season earlier this spring, it did so as the Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, with an exciting new brand identity, to better represent what the institution is today. These updates are the product of several years of careful consideration and planning, and position the museum to be more attractive to the next generation of visitors. It will continue to maintain its full collection, and offer the same kaleidoscopic range of programs and activities representing Adirondack history and life, including special and permanent exhibitions, talented artisans-in-residence, workshops, and signature events like the Rustic Furniture Fair.

“Consumer research indicates that the travelers and tourists of today have different expectations of cultural attractions. They want rich interactive experiences that immerse them in their environment and create instantly shareable and long-lasting memories,” explained Executive Director David Kahn. “To compete with new destinations in the Adirondack region and around the Northeast, we need to ensure our identity reflects what we truly are: a 121-acre indoor-and-outdoor experience. We provide a fun, active and educational way for visitors to immerse themselves into the reality of life, work and recreation in the Adirondacks.

“We remain steadfast in our mission to expand public understanding of Adirondack history and the relationship between people and the Adirondack wilderness,” Kahn concluded.

Mammoth New Exhibition

The introduction of the new name this season coincides with the opening of the most exciting new exhibition in the institution’s history: “Life in the Adirondacks,” a 19,000-square-foot interactive experience that will serve as every visitor’s starting point. It will combine the latest digital technology with real hands-on experiences to bring the spirit of adventure and breathtaking natural beauty of the Adirondacks to life. The massive new exhibition will occupy the former Roads and Rails building, and will open on July 1. This melding of real Adirondack artifacts with modern-day technology will set the standard for additions and upgrades at the Adirondack Experience going forward.

Striking New LogoAdirondack Experience logo

Replacing the illustration of the Adirondack guide with guide boat is a new design that evokes the uniqueness of the institution and its setting through bold lines and striking colors. The logo combines the letters A (Adirondack) and X (Experience) in an abstract image that evokes the High Peaks and rustic Adirondack architecture. Reflecting both the indoor and outdoor aspects of the institution, the logo communicates the institution’s continuous exploration into the history and beauty of life in the Adirondacks.

History of the Institution’s Name

Through more than 60 years, the institution has evolved to remain relevant to the times while staying true to its mission and the region it serves. It has actually changed names before: It began as the Adirondacks Historical Association in 1948, then became the Adirondack Historical Association in 1955, and adopted the name Adirondack Museum before opening to the public in 1957. Even today, the legal name is the Adirondack Historical Association, which it will continue to be as it operates as the Adirondack Experience.  Other institutions that have made name changes in recent years include the Colorado Historical Society, which now operates as History Colorado, and the Ohio Historical Society, which is now known as Ohio History Connection.

A completely new website,, launched this spring. Social media users are invited to use #ADKX when posting.

The Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake is located at 9097 State Route 30 in Blue Mountain Lake, New York. For more information, visit, or call 518-352-7311.

About the Adirondack Experience

The Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, shares the history and culture of the Adirondack region in 24 historic and contemporary buildings on a 121-acre campus in the Central Adirondacks, and in free programs at schools throughout Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida, Saratoga, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington Counties. The museum is supported in part with donations from the general public, with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. For additional information, call 518-352-7311 or visit

Courtesy of the Adirondack Experince, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake.


Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Photography Exhibit Available to Museums as Traveling Exhibition.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) is now able to offer other museums our Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake as a traveling exhibition. Details and more information are with Chief Curator Pete Lesher at

Robert de Gast Chesapeake Bay photos

Photo by Robert de Gast (courtesy of CBMM)

This major exhibition, Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake, opened May 12, 2017 and runs through April 8, 2018 at CBMM. The exhibition features 80 photographs curated from the more than 10,000 by de Gast in CBMM’s collection.

Robert de Gast Chesapeake Bay photos

Photo by Robert de Gast (courtesy of CBMM)

Please contact Chief Curator Pete Lesher at for more information.