Category Archives: Exhibits

Query on Mast Displays

Query from Richard Everett at San Francisco Maritime NHP:

We are looking for any photos of an interactive mast display OR simply notice of where one was or is… You know the type: We have seen them at institutions in US and Europe: The visitors/kids/users stand in footropes just a few feet off the ground and holding onto the jackstay (with one hand!) they claw the sail up. Info please!!

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Member Update – Mystic Seaport’s New Whaling Exhibit

Mystic Seaport has developed a short movie to coincide with their newest exhibit “Voyaging in the Wake of the Whalers.”

Much of our notion of whaling comes from tall tales, books, and movies – though the truth is just as grand. Mystic Seaport’s new exhibit “Voyaging in the Wake of the Whalers” follows our amazing whaling history, from the 1841 launch of the whaleship Charles W. Morgan through her historic voyage in 2014. 

Submitted by Connor Zito, Mystic Seaport, January 27, 2016

Member Update – Mystic Seaport

Submitted by Nikki Guardiano, Mystic Seaport, May 27, 2015:

I wanted to let you know about a new video we’ve launched this morning for Mystic Seaport which goes behind the scenes on an exhibit which follows the historic 38th voyage of the 1841 Whaleship Charles W. Morgan

This immersive and interactive exhibit is designed to weave together global stories of whales, whaling and whale research showcasing America’s historic and contemporary relationship with whales and whaling. The exhibit will open on June 20th at Mystic Seaport located in Mystic, CT.

To view the video please visit:

Member Update – Kalmar Nyckel Foundation

Capitol Museum Service’s installation team of Bobby Boswell and Tom Mills, with Sam Heed (in the yellow jersey), just finishing the exhibit

Capitol Museum Service’s installation team of Bobby Boswell and Tom Mills, with Sam Heed (in the yellow jersey), just finishing the exhibit

The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation (KNF) proudly announces the opening of a new permanent model ship exhibit called WATERCRAFT OF THE WORLD. This new exhibit will be a permanent feature of the Foundation’s new education center, which is part of brand-new Copeland Maritime Center, located at the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation shipyard at 1124 East Seventh Street, Wilmington, DE, 19801.

The Forney Collection, called WATERCRAFT OF THE WORLD, consists of 72 model ships and boats gathered from around the world by Bob and Marilyn Forney during 40 years of extensive travels. The collection features models from more than 60 foreign “lands” (Antarctica to Vietnam, Sulawesi to Skopelos), ship and boats from all six continents and all seven oceans, models representing originals from the 16th century BC  to the 20th century AD. The collection focuses on sailing and human-powered craft, with an emphasis on non-warships and indigenous craftsmanship.

Robert Forney, the collector of WATERCRAFT OF THE WORLD, surrounded by his three grandsons

Robert Forney, the collector of WATERCRAFT OF THE WORLD, surrounded by his three grandsons

Sam Heed, Senior Historian & Director of Education for KNF, invites you to come see this new maritime educational resource. “I’m pleased to say we opened to rave reviews, and it has been a privilege to bring this extraordinary collection to ‘kids of all ages.’ For those of us in the maritime education business, this is a special resource that can take us anywhere we want to go.”

For more information on the opening of the new Copeland Maritime Center.

You will have a chance to visit the new center and its exhibit when the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation hosts CAMM’s 2016 Annual Conference next April 25-27.

1939 Wooden Fish Tug Under Restoration

Submitted by Sandy Bryson at the Michigan Maritime Museum

CAMM members who attended the annual meeting in Toledo last April will remember the presentation on the Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Trail and the Evelyn S exhibited at the Michigan Maritime Museum. The 1939 wooden fish tug is under extensive restoration and has been moved to a new location on the Museum’s campus in South Haven. This video documents the mid-stage of the restoration of her “turtle back” house and the excitement of seeing her in the slings as she is transported to her new location. Ship’s carpentry work on the Evelyn S is being done by apprentices from the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville, Michigan. The project is funded by local in-kind contributions and a grant to the City of South Haven from the Coastal Zone Management Program, Office of the Great Lakes, Department of Environmental Quality, State of Michigan.

Infographic: The History and Global Influence of Maritime Law

While Somali incidents have dropped 95% to seven cases in 2013, piracy in Southeast Asia is exploding. As you may have heard, 800,000 gallons of diesel was recently pilfered from a large oil tanker in the Strait of Malacca. This area is clearly the world’s new piracy hotspot. Attacks and attempts in the waters of Indonesia have totaled to 107 incidents last year, leading to a 700% increase in just 5 years. To help generate awareness of maritime trade and the law of the sea, Norwich University has created an infographic that addresses the freedom of the seas, security and piracy. As the occurrence of incidents increases by 25% every year, this awareness and understanding of piracy is crucial for it’s recession. 

[Submitted by Sarah Song —]

New Exhibit Hall Planned for Mystic Seaport

Rendering of the new exhibit hall courtesy Mystic Seaport

Rendering of the new exhibit hall courtesy Mystic Seaport

Mystic — Mystic Seaport has applied for permission to construct a state-of-the-art exhibition hall on the north end of the Museum grounds. The new building will greatly expand the institution’s capability to host large exhibits and will be the cornerstone for an improved year-round experience for the visitor.

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