Photo courtesy of Maine Sardine Council Collection
The Penobscot Marine Museum November Newsletter included this announcement:
A World War II propaganda poster in our collection states, “Fish is a Fighting Food!” Today, we are in a fight to save our fisheries, some from perspective of government over-regulation and others from a view that we have overfished the resource. Most can agree that the technological revolution between World War II and today has allowed fishermen to go farther faster and find and retrieve fish with greater mechanical and technological ease. As everyone fights for the fishery, the question is “where do we go from here?”
Join us next Saturday, November 5 at the UMaine Hutchinson Center, as our line-up of speakers look at the evolution of fisheries policy, consumption, and sustainability efforts from an ocean activist’s and a fisherman’s perspective, and how one periodical, the National Fisherman, documented that evolution.
We have great news! WAVERTREE, a cargo ship built in 1885 and crown jewel of the Museum’s fleet, will leave for shipyard Thursday, May 21st at 12:30pm to undergo a massive New York City-funded stabilization and restoration project — the largest project of its kind undertaken in recent U.S. history. The 130-year-old ship, built of riveted wrought iron, is archetypal of the sailing cargo ships of the latter half of the 19th century that would line South Street by the dozens at a time, giving it the moniker the “Street of Ships.”
This $9 million-plus stabilization and restoration project, to be undertaken at Caddell Drydock and Repair in Staten Island, will address critical long-term preservation of the ship, and will lay the groundwork for the re-rigging of WAVERTREE back at South Street upon her return in 2016. The WAVERTREE stabilization and restoration project is a key part of South Street Seaport Museum’s plan to revitalize the Lower Manhattan waterfront and highlight the meaningful historic connections of this important part of New York.
I hope that you will join me, Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, and other City officials, in a celebratory send-off on May 21, 2015 at 12:30pm on Pier 15.
Submitted by Jonathan Boulware, Executive Director of South Street Seaport Museum
SSHSA’s library has been in storage since the 2006 move from the University of Baltimore. They are very excited to make it available to researchers once again.
Matthew Schulte and the board and staff of the Steamship Historical Society of America will be officially opening their new headquarters with a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 15th. Speakers will include Congressman James Langevin, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, CDR Marc Cruder, USCG Ret. (Traveling Senior Marine Inspector for USCG), and Erik Ryan, SSHSA Board President.
CAMM president Dave Pearson sends his congratulations on behalf of all the members of the Council of American Maritime Museums. The new facility is at 2500 Post Road in Warwick Rhode Island.
Mystic Seaport will be offering a live video stream of the launch of the Charles W. Morgan on Sunday, July 21. We welcome you to use the stream as you see fit. The ceremony starts at 2 p.m. EDT and should last approximately an hour. It will be a switched video feed with multiple cameras and a professional director. Once the ceremony is over, the entire event will be available for on-demand viewing.