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Administrator, Council of American Maritime Museums

ICMM Newsletter

Have you seen the latest ICMM Newsletter?  The 3rd quarter issue for 2016 contains articles from around the globe . . .

“Asia is well represented by China, Hong Kong and Korea; South America, specifically Chile, has a story about a 19th century naval battle, as well as more news about the 2017 ICMM Congress in Valparaiso; Germany flies the flag for Europe and, of course, the President’s message is from the USA as is another naval story; and from the Pacific, Australia tells a grim story.”

As most of you are aware the next International Congress of Maritime Museums will take place 15-20 October, 2017The 18th Congress will be hosted by the National Maritime Museum, Valparaiso, Chile. More information is available on the ICMM website. The deadline for the Call for Papers is November 17, 2016.

Submitted by Steve White, ICMM President, August 17, 2016.

CAMM Seeks New Administrator

CAMM is seeking a new administrator. This is a part-time, contract position.

The job objectives include:

1) To facilitate and enhance the performance of CAMM’s board by providing continuity; facilitating communications between Board members and the general membership; and implementing the initiatives of the board and officers.

2) To increase CAMM’s level of service to its members through improved and centralized communications between and among the members and the governing board, facilitating the sharing information and expertise among the membership and opportunities for them to network with their colleagues.

3) To help grow CAMM’s membership through outreach, recruitment and improved levels of service.

For full job description see CAMM Administrator Job Description 2016. Anyone wishing to be considered for this position, should email a resume and cover letter to Greg Gorga, CAMM President, at

Submitted by Greg Gorga, August 17, 2016

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Offers New Traveling Exhibition

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Robert de Gast photograph courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

A traveling exhibition, titled “Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake,” featuring the striking work of photojournalist Robert de Gast is offered by Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM). De Gast’s work—evocative, stark, and infused with a keenly abstract sensibility— ranges widely in subject and treatment. Whether his vibrant perspective on the places and culture of oystermen’s work, the sense of solitude that he sought in his solo voyages, or the abstract shapes and details of remote lighthouses, De Gast’s images are complex and informed by the modernist aesthetic. As he said to his photography students, “if you’re unhappy with the picture, you’re not close enough.”

De Gast’s black-and-white photography gained widespread attention with the publication of his 1970 book The Oystermen of the Chesapeake, a work that, according to Smithsonian curator Paula Johnson “builds a more nuanced, more atmospheric portrait. It is not a romanticized look at the work.” De Gast’s black-and-white photographic work, encompassing more than 10,000 images, is a key collection of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

For more information about this exhibit, download the full announcement at de Gast Traveling Exhibition Summary

Submitted by Pete Lesher, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, August 10, 2016

Sea Sleds Available to CAMM Members

Before making these craft available to the general public, Mystic Seaport would like to offer CAMM members the chance to acquire two Hickman Model 13 Sea Sleds that are surplus to the needs of the museum. Both boats are offered free of charge to a bona fide 501(c)(3) historical organization. The new owner will, however, be responsible for all costs associated with moving the boats.

For photos and more information see CAMM Notice Model 13 Sea Sleds

Submitted by Kurt Voss, August 10, 2016

Member Update – San Francisco Maritime

Explore New Ways to Experience San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s Vessels
Free (With Regular Admission) Programs Focus on Senses Other Than Sight

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The National Historic Landmark ships at Hyde Street Pier are a feast for the eyes, but there is more to them than what we can see. San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is piloting a new program aimed at engaging visitors with visual impairments (but open to all groups) to experience the vessels in a new way – through smell, sound, touch, and feel. The new sensory tours are free with regular park admission, but must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

On these descriptive narrative tours, rangers guide visitors through a sensory experience on board the 1886 tall sailing ship Balclutha. The public are taken back to a time when sailors risked it all (bringing cargo from San Francisco around the treacherous Cape Horn to Europe) for meager pay. Visitors will feel the large, rough, twisted ropes in their hands as they haul away on the lines, smell greasy meat cooking in the galley, and hear Captain Alfred Durkee speaking (from his journals).

The 60-90 minute tours are geared toward small groups (around 10 people). At the close of each program, visitors will be invited to engage in self-guided tours of the other historic vessels.

To request a sensory tour, please contact Alice Watts at Although they are free with the park’s regular $10 admission, the tours need to be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

The park offers assisted listening services on request. Sign Language interpreter services need to be requested at least five days in advance. Please contact the Accessibility Coordinator/Chief of Interpretation by telephone (415-859-6797) or email ( for more information.

San Francisco Maritime NHP, located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, Visitor Center, Maritime Museum, Maritime Research Center, and Aquatic Park Historic District. For more information, please call 415-447-5000 or visit Follow us on Twitter @SFMaritimeNPS and Instagram sfmaritimenps and join us on FB @SanFranciscoMaritimeNHP.

Submitted by Lynn Cullivan, San Francisco Maritime NHP, August 5, 2016