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The dates of the 2021 CAMM virtual conference have been changed. The meeting will take place April 19-21, 2021.

This year’s registration rate is $39.00 which includes access to all sessions, virtual social events, and use of the online archive of sessions for 90 days from the end of the conference. Registration will open on February 22, 2021.

The conference will be presented via a customized platform and speakers will have the opportunity to access technical support before and during the conference. In addition to the usual presentations and panels, there will be virtual social events, making this year’s conference both informative and rewarding.

Due to their affordable nature (with no travel or lodging expenses), online conferences usually attract a much larger number of registrants, which means your presentation will reach a much broader audience.

The call for proposal deadline remains February 12, 2021.

Please take a moment to review the submission guidelines at and feel free to contact the Chair of the Program Committee, Laura Orr, with any questions at

We look forward to your attendance and participation! 

The historic last Elco 57

Mr. Charles Toledo has written to CAMM:

“I am the current custodian (i.e. owner footing all the bills) of the very last Elco 57 ever built (Hull #41.57.04; Doc #240807) and the last Elco luxury yacht built before WW II – the company then went into full production building PT boats for the Navy.

According to documents the Navy sent me, the original owner presumably gifted this boat to the Navy after the Pearl Harbor attack, and she ended up serving during WW II (1942-1944) as YP 359 at the Navy Base in Key West, Florida (I’d be glad to show records to this effect).

Another curious fact about the Elco 57 model – they only built 9 of them between 1939 and 1941; only 4 survive today (mine included). The first of the Elco 57’s was bought by Howard Johnson (the famous hotelier). A couple of years later, while serving as Governor of the Bahamas, the Duke of Windsor (former King Edward the VIII) bought an Elco 57 and used to cruise around the Bahamas along with Howard Johnson in their twin yachts.

I’ve had her for 7 years now, trying to keep her afloat and clean, while wrangling resources to do a proper restoration. Unfortunately,as in many of these cases, my family and personal situation has changed and I need to pass on the project to someone willing to care for her the way she deserves.

This boat deserves to be saved, given the few of the type remaining and her service to the country.

I am willing to gift the vessel to any reputable entity that could be interested and in a position to take on this project.”

For obvious reasons, CAMM will not publish Mr. Toledo’s contact information here. Any institutions wishing to follow up on this offer should contact the CAMM Administrator.

Historic Naval Ships Association seeks a new executive director

Note submissions due by March 15, 2021.


Position Title: Executive Director, Historic Naval Ships Association , Inc. (HNSA)

Reports to: President, Historic Naval Ships Association , Inc.

Position Purpose: Serve as the chief executive officer of the HISTORIC NAVAL SHIPS ASSOCIATION , INC.

The Mission of HNSA is to support preservation of historic Naval vessels and to act as a strategic advocate for its members. As such the Executive Director needs to be an advocate and develop relationships with government officials, contractors and other museum organizations that will enhance the mission.

Position Purpose Summary: The Executive Director will plan and coordinate Association activities. Activities include but are not limited to:

1. Developing relationships within the Navy and within the Federal government that increase awareness of HNSA and the needs of its members.

2. Developing a vital and involved Association membership constituency and leverage the use of social media platforms to grow membership and interest in HNSA and its members.

3. Maintaining effective and substantive communications with Members and others in the historic ship community. This ordinarily includes some travel to visit Fleet Members

4. Leading planning and preparation for all Association meetings.

5. Actively participating with other authorized professional organizations to further the preservation and presentation of historic ships.

Position Work Involves

1. Interpreting and implementing policies and practices of the Association.

2. Evaluating effectiveness of Association programs and communicating to the appropriate committee or to the Board as a whole how to better attain effectiveness.

3. Implementing goals and objectives established in the Association’s Strategic Plan.

4. Serving as the principal advisor to the Board of Directors and making recommendations to the Board of Directors for improvements or changes to the operation of the Association.

5. Representing the Association before executive, Congressional and legislative officials; historical organizations; preservation organizations and the general public.

6. Visiting and reporting on at least three (3) Fleet Members annually.

7. Conducting Association business. This is an administrative and leadership position. The Executive Director does not supervise staff, except as subcontracted and approved by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for:

  • Keeping a record of work accomplished; correspondence files; and financial controls.
  • Negotiating and drafting contracts for appropriate services, including required levels of insurance.
  • Providing guidance and support to committees appointed by the president.
  • Establishing and maintaining a formal invoice system for Association Membership dues.
  • Publishing/distributing a written report at the annual Association meeting

Work is performed with a high degree of independent judgment within the scope of Association policy. Work is reviewed by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for attainment of goals and objectives.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1. Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration, including financing, fundraising, supervision, budgeting and general organization functions.

2. General Knowledge of the principles and practices for the preservation of historic and cultural property.

3. Knowledge of naval history.

4. Knowledge of the maritime historical movement in the United States and the activities and goals of historical and preservation fields.

5. Ability to plan, organize, direct, and coordinate all Association programs and activities. including the research and documentation of information on ships histories, technical services to Fleet Members and related organizations, historic preservation, museum development and administration, historic site restoration and interpretation, and administration of an archives and records.

6. Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely in oral and written form.

7. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with government officials, historical societies, preservation groups and the general public.

Minimum Experience and Training:

Five years in a major administration and programs position with broad and diversified responsibilities and a bachelor’s degree with major course work in maritime or Navy- related studies. (Preferred by not required).

Basic knowledge of and proficiency with QuickBooks or similar financial software, Microsoft Office 365, and knowledge consistent with being able to oversee contractors working on website, email account and publishing.

South Street Seaport Museum’s Remote Internship (Spring 2021)

The South Street Seaport Museum is offering two collections management and archives remote internships for the spring of 2021 (February-May). 
This internship allows the intern to become part of a small, dynamic team, participating in the daily work of the Collections Department, including collection stewardship, inventory, digitization, research, and administrative tasks. Projects relate to several areas including but not limited to drawings, prints and photographs; ocean liner ephemera and memorabilia; rare books; historical documents; architecture and printing history. This internship position is primarily for college credits. It is unpaid, but a stipend of $25/day is provided on a bi-weekly basis. Application Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2021.
For more information and download the full job description visit:

CAMM Conference 2021 Call for Proposals

The 2021 CAMM conference will be completely virtual. Dates are April 26-28. Full details of formats will follow soon.
The Conference Committee has issued its call for papers. For information, please go to CAMM’s website: Please note that the deadline for submissions is February 12 and that, because this conference now is wholly virtual, any prior proposals must be resubmitted.
We look forward to your participation in April.

Competitive Grant Programs Now Accepting Applications

The State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division is now accepting applications for the following grant programs. Before applying, please make sure that you have read and understand the limitations of each funding program and have carefully reviewed the Notice of Funding Opportunity. The Notice of Funding Opportunity contains all the information you will need to create a successful application

African American Civil Rights Grant Program

The National Park Service (NPS) is proud to announce the expansion of the African American Civil Rights Grant Program (AACR). This year the program will document, interpret, and preserve sites telling the full story of the long struggle for African American civil rights from the transatlantic slave trade onwards. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and do not require non-Federal match.

Congress has appropriated $15.5 million for the AACR program.

Deadline extended to January 12, 2021

Learn more about AACR

Apply to AACR Preservation via

Apply to AACR History via

History of Equal Rights Grant Program

The National Park Service (NPS) is proud to announce a new competitive civil rights grant program. The History of Equal Rights Grant Program (HER) will preserve sites related to the struggle to achieve the ideal of equal rights in America. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and do not require non-Federal match.

Congress has appropriated $2.5 million for the HER program.

Deadline extended to January 12, 2021

Learn more about HER

Apply to HER Preservation via

Save America’s Treasures Grant Program

The Save America’s Treasures (SAT) grant program was established in 1998 and first awarded grants in 1999 to help preserve nationally significant historic properties and collections that convey our nation’s rich heritage to future generations. The SAT program is administered by the NPS in cooperation with its partners, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Congress has appropriated $16 million for the SAT program.

Applications are due January 26, 2021.

The Great Circle-Call for Papers

The Great Circle is a peer-reviewed journal published twice a year by the
Australian Association for Maritime History. The Great Circle publishes
articles (maximum length 8,000 words), research notes (3,000 words),
updates to earlier articles and book reviews (maximum length 1,000 words). It
has an established scholarly reputation both within Australia and overseas,
and is indexed and available on JSTOR.
We are seeking papers for a general edition, on any aspect of maritime
history, which will be of interest to broad audiences. Topics include maritime
archaeology and heritage, oceanic exploration and discovery, maritime trade
and commerce, oceanic migration and travel, military and defence. Articles
can explore sites and objects, events, organisations and people associated
with them. The submission date for manuscripts is 31 January2021, for
publication in the first biannual edition for 2021.
Please contact Dr Erika Techera (, editor of The
Great Circle
if you are interested in submitting your paper or if you have any
questions. For further details about The Great Circle, including author
guidelines, see

Grant opportunity: Battlefield Preservation Planning Grants

Sites of armed conflict are part of our American heritage – how do you want to preserve and share what makes a battlefield or site of conflict important to your community? 

The National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program wants community and historical organizations to know that Battlefield Preservation Planning Grants are available to help. These grants are awarded annually and competitively to State, local, and tribal governments, other public entities, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions. Eligible projects must focus on planning for, interpreting, and protecting battlefields and historic sites associated with armed conflicts on American soil from any time period in history. Grants fund two-year projects involving research, documentation, oral history, community engagement activities, interpretation and education, preservation planning, and more. They donot require matching funds. 

The 2021 competition is now open until February 12, 2021. The funding announcement and application materials are available at You can learn more at, or sign up for a free webinar: 

  • A New Tide: Armed Conflict through the Eyes of Black America, December 8, 2:00 PM EST (register here)
  • Amplifying Indigenous Voices in Battlefield Preservation, December 9, 7:00 PM EST (register here)
  • 2021 Battlefield Preservation Planning Grant Overview, December 10, 2:00 PM EST (register here)

American Battlefield Protection Program staff welcome your questions, and invites you to contact us about your ideas for proposals, at
American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP)1849 C Street, NWRoom 7228Washington, DC 20240(202) 354-2037