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Call for Session Proposals Now Available

The CAMM Board has begun an earlier timetable for conference planning this year. The deadline for session proposals has been moved up to December 2, 2016, so that speakers have plenty of time to get necessary travel approvals after their December 16th notification of acceptance. Please submit sessions with topics of interest to the CAMM community by downloading the online form.

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2016 education session included a Lego workshop

San Francisco Maritime NHP, our conference host, has announced that the conference hotel will be the Argonaut Hotel located on Fisherman’s Wharf within walking distance of all conference activities. The Argonaut is offering a special rate (the normal government rate) of $267 plus tax. This special rate will only be available until they run out of the contracted rooms, or March 27, whichever comes first. Call the hotel at 800-790-1415 to make your reservation and request the Council of American Maritime Museums Annual Conference rate.

There are many other hotels in Fisherman’s Wharf, from basic to luxury, within walking distance of the Park. A hostel is located just west of the Park, also within walking distance.

Parking is very limited so car rentals are discouraged.

The three-day (April 19-21, 2017) registration rate of $195  will cover all sessions, breakfasts, two box lunches, evening reception, and final dinner.  The one-day rate is $110. Optional field trips are planned for Saturday, April 22, 2017, and possibly Tuesday, April 18. Registration will start January 2, 2017. Rennie travel grants are available to staff at CAMM member institutions.  See our annual conference webpage for the application.

USGS Research Vessel Polaris Up for Auction

Since 1966, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been conducting ship-based scientific studies aboard the Research Vessel (R/V) Polaris.  It is bittersweet to announce the end of an era for the R/V Polaris with USGS but an exciting opportunity for yet another page of history to be added to the vessel under new ownership.


Photo of R/V POLARIS from USGS website

GSA will conduct an auction for the R/V Polaris which is scheduled to run from September 19, 2016 to October 4, 2016.  To access the auction site, visit and search under the category “Boats and Marine Equipment”. 

Submitted by Robbyn Jackson, September 16, 2016

Member Update – New Exhibit on Polynesian Voyagers

Newport News, VA – The Mariners’ Museum and Park’s newest exhibition Polynesian Voyagers opens on Saturday, October 1, 2016, in conjunction with Hokule‘a’s second visit to Hampton Roads. This exhibition will feature the time-honored navigational skills of the Polynesian navigators who relied on their knowledge of waves, winds, stars, and nature instead of modern instruments.


Courtesy of The Mariners’ Museum

In collaboration with Hawaiian educators, the Hokule‘a crew and staff, and the Polynesian community, this new exhibition is designed to evoke the feeling of what it is to be a voyager. Guests will encounter displays demonstrating the origin of the Polynesian culture and community and how they are inherently maritime focused. With an emphasis on navigational techniques that precede technology, the exhibition will guide visitors through the story of exploration and settlement of the vast Pacific islands.

Polynesian Voyagers will feature the traditional supplies and methods encountered on a Polynesian voyaging canoe, and guests will be able to listen to Polynesian chants that would have been used in ancient times to share history among civilizations without a common language.

Hokule‘a will return to Newport News in mid-October. The double-hulled voyaging canoe will be brought to The Mariners’ Museum by truck where she will then go through general maintenance and repairs. There will be opportunities for Museum visitors to interact with Hokule‘a crew members and see the canoe up-close. Times and dates will follow in another release once Hokule‘a’s schedule is finalized. Tentative date for her arrival to the Museum is October 14, but this is subject to change.

The Mariners’ Museum and Park would like to thank the City of Newport News and Virginia Foundation for the Humanities for sponsoring Polynesian Voyagers.

Submitted by Jenna Dill, The Mariners’ Museum, September 12, 2016

NHHC Seeks Museum Curator

This position is located in the Curator Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC), at the Washington Navy Yard.  The Curator Branch is responsible for the management of Navy properties of historical and inspirational value, including artifacts, shipboard equipment, ordnance, uniforms, photographs and memorabilia.  This responsibility encompasses acquiring, accessioning, preserving, storing, accounting for and distributing to eligible recipients the properties in the Navy’s historical collection.

For full job announcement see

Submitted by Jeff Bowdoin, Deputy Head, Curator Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command on September 16, 2016

CAMM Seeks New Administrator

There is still time to apply for this position . . .


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

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U.S. Lighthouse Society Awards 2016 Preservation Grants

A total of $35,000 was awarded in the second year of the Lighthouse Preservation Grants Program, drawing on the interest from a still-growing investment fund that the U.S. Lighthouse Society has committed to increase through the years so that more and larger preservation grants can be made.


Morris Island Lighthouse

The Save the Light Foundation in Charleston, S.C., will use a $10,000 grant from the Society’s corporate partner, the SeaPak Division of Rich Products Corp., St. Simons Island, Georgia, to fund a detailed study of the very historic but erosion-threatened and decaying Morris Island Lighthouse.

The Morris Island project was a finalist in this year’s grants program, and was selected by the seafood company for its first program donation. The Charleston group will use the grant to gain a definitive assessment of the condition of the cofferdam-protected lighthouse and determine what steps can be taken, in what order and at what cost, to preserve the structure. International Chimney Corp., movers of the Cape Hatteras Light and other lighthouses, will do the work.


Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse

A $9,000 grant was awarded to the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse Trust in Maine to replace the lantern vent ball on the breakwater lighthouse and repair damage in the lantern caused by water intrusion. The entire project will cost $20,700.

On the Great Lakes, the Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy will use a $9,000 grant to complete a $32,375 project to fabricate and install damaged or missing parts of the handrail system in the tower and on the lantern gallery at the Muskegon South Pierhead Lighthouse.


Muskegon South Pierhead Lighthouse


Pensacola Lighthouse

A $7,000 grant will be given to the Pensacola Lighthouse Foundation to restore a long-lost iron pedestal to the top of the lighthouse and use it to support a lens that now is suspended from the lantern roof. The pedestal was found a few years ago in the woods near the tower, and has been restored. The grant will go toward the $17,589 project to place it back in its proper location to support the lens and curtail the structural damage caused by the current system.

This year’s grants mark a slight increase from last year’s $31,000 in assistance to efforts to repair the lantern and replace a ventilator ball on the Sentinel Island Lighthouse near Juneau, Alaska; to help replace windows and shutters at the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse in Ohio; and to start work on a detailed plan to restore the masonry basement at Race Rocks Lighthouse in Long Island Sound near New London, Connecticut.


Boston Harbor Lighthouse

In addition, the Society’s program will administer a second grant from its first corporate preservation partner, the Lands’ End clothing company of Wisconsin. Last year, Lands’ End committed funding to launch the Society’s detailed study of preservation needs at the Alcatraz Island Lighthouse, a Society project in San Francisco Bay. This year, the Society and Lands’ End leaders traveled in late July to Little Brewster Island in Boston Harbor to present an initial $30,000 check to restore the foundation of the Boston Light’s iconic boathouse; the work will allow the boathouse to reopen to the public, and the gift celebrates the 300th anniversary of the country’s first lighthouse.

At this point the Society’s program is open only to not-for-profit groups, with a maximum grant amount of $10,000. As the dedicated preservation fund grows, more grant money will be made available for future projects. Information on donating to the fund or applying for future grants may be found on the Society’s website.

Submitted by Candace Clifford, September 8, 2016