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2021 PADI AWARE Dive Against Debris

The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston is delighted to announce a new partnership with Neptune & Salacia DivingSwim Drink FishSandy Pines Wildlife Centre and Turtles Kingston for participation in PADI Aware’s Dive Against Debris on Saturday 9 October from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the Marine Museum’s 55 Ontario Street location. Full event details found here.
Created by divers for divers, Dive Against Debris® turns your underwater cleanup into a marine debris survey. Divers have a proud history of removing rubbish from the oceans, rivers and lakes, but despite our best efforts the trash keeps piling up. In response, Project AWARE created Dive Against Debris®, a global survey of underwater rubbish in our oceans and fresh waters.
The Marine Museum, Swim Drink Fish, Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre and Turtles Kingston will have booths set-up at the event for the public to learn more about their vital work in protecting our freshwater ecosystems and how we can help spread awareness and take action.COVID-19 protocols will be in place based on Province of Ontario regulations at the time. The public is asked to respect these protocols for the safety and enjoyment of all participants.
For anyone interested in participating, here’s how you can get involved;

  • On-shore: the Museum and its partners invite members of the public to become a Project AWARE Specialist by volunteering their time to help with the clean-up on-shore.
  • In the water: divers must have specific qualifications and certificates. To find out if you can participate as a diver, contact Guillaume at neptunesalaciadiving@gmail.com

By working together, Project AWARE volunteers are playing a major role in keeping our oceans and lakes clean and healthy. In Kingston, this event was first run in 2019 at the Gord Downie Pier in Breakwater Park with great success. Almost 800lbs of debris was collected from the water thanks to 16 divers and over 25 volunteers. Once separated, garbage and recycling were taken to the Kingston Garbage and Recycling Centre. Any bottles were exchanged for money that was donated to the CFB Kingston Dolphin SCUBA Club. This year any funds will be donated to our non-for-profit partners.
For more information please contact Guillaume Courcy, Owner and Operator of Neptune & Salacia Diving. 613-777-6698 / neptunesalaciadiving@gmail.com.

NEXT “MESS” LECTURE: SAILORS AND THEIR PETS!

On Saturday, September 30, 2021 at 11am, the Maritime Education for Students of the Sea (MESS) lecture series, sponsored by the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association, invites Sari Mäenpää, Curator of Collections at the Forum Marinum Maritime Centre in Finland, to present about the history of sailors and their pets! This will be the first-ever international MESS lecture for the ongoing library lecture series.

Pets have been aboard sailing ships for centuries. Pets were commonly carried aboard Finnish windjammers by crewmembers. Almost all ocean-going sailing ships had pets. Dogs and cats were especially important to sailors on an emotional level as animals provided a safe channel for sailors to exhibit, as well as receive, affection. The presence of animals was also part of the sailors’ self-image of being close to nature.  

Sailors in these last sailing ships were living the masculine ideal of the deep-sea seafarer in the golden age of sail.  However, sailors were also longing for domesticity and therefore created domestic conditions aboard ship with the help of companion animals. In this talk, you will meet the chimpanzee Amigo, kitten Kirri and perhaps the most famous Finnish dog seafarer Päik, who sailed around Cape Horn eight times! 

Sari Mäenpää holds a doctorate in the maritime labour history from the University of Liverpool. She has written for several publications on, for example, women at sea and the history of catering crew on passenger vessels. Recently she has also published articles on the relationships between sailors and animals. She is currently working on the manuscript for a book on changes in maritime professions, which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan (UK). She is chair of the Finnish Association for Maritime History and long-standing editor of the maritime history journal Nautica Fennica. She works as curator of collections in the Forum Marinum Maritime Centre in Finland.  

MESS are informal lunchtime lectures that showcases maritime knowledge, research and skills. The MESS lectures seek to amplify new voices, honor experience and respect the diversity of maritime culture. The program is a partnership of San Francisco Maritime National Park Association and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. The ongoing virtual, live lecture series takes place on the last Thursday of every month at 11 a.m. (PDT). The event is free and open to the public. To register for the livestream event, visit: https://maritime.org/.

Penobscot Marine Museum’s Sailing & Shipbuilding Speaker Series

Join the Penobscot Marine Museum in October as it explores sailing and shipbuilding over four Thursday evening programs. These start with more recent history with a film and panel discussion about windjammers out of Camden, Maine. Then it will explore the importance of hemp in maritime history – have you ever thought about the amount of rope on a ship and wondered what it was made of? Next it will use the Maine’s First Ship project to look at the building of a wooden vessel. The program ends the Sailing & Shipbuilding Speaker Series back on the water with dramatic and tragic “Stories from the Spirits of Sea-Goers II.”

Windjammers of Penobscot Bay Film Screening + Discussion Panel

October 7th, 6pm on Zoom

Free, suggested admission $5

Reserve your tickets here.

Climb aboard the beautifully restored ships of North America’s largest fleet of historic schooners, and depart Camden, Maine, to cruise the pristine waters of the Penobscot Bay. With in-depth archival materials and interviews with captains and crew, maritime historians, and passengers, filmmaker Dan Lambert explores the history and evolution of Midcoast Maine’s majestic Windjammers while taking viewers on a voyage that captures the feeling of wind and sea spray and the unique thrill of traveling under sail-power. Following the film will be a panel discussion including the filmmaker and others interviewed for the film or associated with the windjammers.

Hemp and American Maritime History

October 14th, 6pm on Zoom

Free, suggested admission $5

Reserve your tickets here.

Hemp has played a vital role in our history, including maritime history. It was a part of daily life until the mid-20th century. This session will explore the history of Cannabis Sativa as an agricultural and industrial product, as well as understanding the difference in the types of cannabis such as marijuana.

Maine’s First Ship

October 21st, 6pm on Zoom

Free, suggested admission $5

Reserve your tickets here.

The VIRGINIA was the first ocean-going vessel built by the English in North America. In 1607 King James I granted a land-use charter to the Virginia Company to establish permanent settlements in the New World. The Company offered two investment opportunities – one based in London and the other in Plymouth. The London-based company founded a colony which they called Jamestown, in land we now call Virginia. The Plymouth-based company attempted a settlement at the mouth of the Kennebec River in what has become known as the Popham Colony. The settlers were unprepared for the harshness of the Maine winter and, after 14 months, gave up their colonial effort. During that period, however, the colonists constructed a “30 tonne” vessel with which they intended to explore the coastline of the New World for profitable resources for their investors. They named their ship VIRGINIA OF SAGADAHOC and, when the settlement was abandoned in the summer of 1608, the colonists sailed her back to England. 

For the past ten years volunteers in Bath, Maine, have been working with Maine’s First Ship to re-construct the VIRGINIA. In this program, Jim Parmentier will share more about this incredible project. You can follow their work at the MFS website mfship.org

Stories from the Spirits of Sea-Goers II

October 28th, 6pm on Zoom

Free, suggested admission $5

Reserve your tickets here.

The people of Searsport and Penobscot Bay have a long history of going to sea. In letters, diaries, logbooks, photos, newspaper articles, and stories passed down through generations, they recorded their experiences. Quiet days, adventure, tragedy, and heroism each take their turn. This sequel to 2020’s “Stories from the Spirits of Sea-Goers” features tales based on true experiences and recorded by Penobscot Marine Museum volunteers and staff. Some stories might be scary or inappropriate for young audiences. This program features recorded portrayals based on Penobscot Marine Museum’s in-person events “Ripped from the Headlines” and “Twilight Tours.” Get excited for this year’s program by watching last year’s “Stories from the Spirits of Sea-Goers.”

South Street Seaport Museum Extends Open Days Through October 31, 2021

South Street Seaport Museum announces the extension of Open Days through October 31, 2021 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays with timed entry at Pier 16 (Fulton and South Streets). Open Days include free tours of the historic tall ship Wavertree and the 1908 lightship Ambrose, free demonstrations by Bowne & Co. letterpress printers, an outdoor exhibition on Pier 16, and cruises aboard the 1930 tugboat W.O. Decker. To learn more and reserve tickets, visit seaportmuseum.org/visitwavertree.

President and CEO, Capt. Jonathan Boulware said, “The Seaport Museum is thrilled to welcome visitors to our historic ships on select days from May through October. Last year we saw a tremendous response from New Yorkers to our free and accessible programs out in the fresh air. On the heels of that success, we anticipate sharing our flagship with upwards of 25,000 visitors in 2021. With protocols in place to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff, we look forward to bringing visitors of all ages on board.”

Wavertree Tours The 1885 tall ship Wavertree is now open through October 31, 2021 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays with timed entry, from 11am-5pm. Entry is FREE and includes access to the ship’s outdoor areas, including the main deck and raised rear deck, and the cargo hold. To learn more and reserve tickets, visit seaportmuseum.org/visitwavertree.
Wavertree is designated on the National Register of Historic Places and represents the thousands of ships that docked along New York’s waterfront over the centuries. Guests will visit the traditional sailing ship docked at Pier 16. Gaze up at the towering masts and miles of rigging. Learn how people worked and lived aboard a 19th century cargo sailing vessel, from the captain to the ship’s officers, cooks, and crew. Then visit the cargo hold and stand atop our new viewing platform where you can take in the massive main cargo area. Climb up onto the quarterdeck and pose for a photo at the ship’s wheel, and enjoy the view as you look out across New York Harbor and see the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Heights. Or look landward and see the skyline of the Financial District, which flourished because of ships like Wavertree which brought in the goods that helped businesses thrive. One of this year’s attendees said “The view was awesome and the historic ship was amazing; the kids enjoyed the beautiful day.”
Visits will be self-guided along a set route. Wavertree is permanently moored at Pier 16 and does not sail the harbor. Access to Wavertree requires climbing a small set of ladder-type stairs and an angled gangway. Wavertree Open Days are subject to cancellation in the event of severe weather. More information on the history of the Wavertree can be found at seaportmuseum.org/wavertree.

Ambrose Tours The 1908 lightship Ambrose will be open for FREE tours every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from through October 31, 2021. The ship will run four tours each day, departing at 11:30am, 2:30pm, 3:30pm and 4:00pm from Pier 16. To book a free tour and for more information, visit seaportmuseum.org/ambrose
Ambrose is the first vessel to join the Seaport Museum’s fleet and the very first lightship to guard the only shipping channel in and out of the ports of New York and New Jersey—the Ambrose Channel. As part of the Seaport Museum’s general admission, visitors can tour the multiple decks of this National Historic Landmark and see the living and working spaces once inhabited by sailors stationed on Ambrose. The launch of the tours coincides with the anniversary of Ambrose’s August 5, 1968 arrival at the Museum. One of this year’s attendees said “We really enjoyed the tour on the Ambrose and learned a lot about the ship and particularly the piece about how Ambrose (the person) worked to deepen the waterways into NY Harbor to accommodate the larger ships that were making its way to our shores.”
Guided tours last approximately 30 minutes. Advance reservations are recommended. Guests must check in 15 minutes before the tour. Access to Ambrose requires walking up an angled gangway. Stairs lead to the lower decks.

W.O. Decker Cruises The 1930 tugboat W.O. Decker will be open for public cruises every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through October 31, 2021. The ship will run three tours each Saturday, departing at 1:15pm, 2:45pm, and 4:15pm. Tickets to ride are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors/students, and $15 for kids and are available for purchase at seaportmuseum.org/decker.
Take an exciting 75-minute ride on the last surviving New York-built wooden tugboat W.O. Decker, recently named “Tugboat of the Year” by the Steamship Historical Society of America. Cruises will explore the New York Harbor, and views may include the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Battery, and Governors Island, as you set out on an adventure unlike any you’ve had before! One of this year’s attendees said this is the “best way to explore NY harbor, loved the historic tugboat and the captain’s explanation of the industrial part of the harbor.”
Advance reservations are recommended, and guests must check in 15 minutes before the scheduled tour. 

Bowne & Co. Demonstrations Bowne & Co. is hosting FREE outdoor letterpress printing demonstrations through October 30, 2021 on Fridays and Saturdays. The printers will set up a selection of historic presses outdoors on the steps of 209-211 Water Street. Demonstrations will take place every hour on the hour between 11am-5pm and each will run from five to seven minutes long, illustrating the 19th century printing process with a variety of presses and equipment from the Museum’s Printing History Collection. Items printed throughout the day will be given away as tangible reminders of the experience. Bowne & Co. public programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. One of this year’s attendees said “Kids thought it was magic.”
Alongside demonstrations, new products are now available for purchase from Bowne & Co., Stationers in the online shop at bowne.co, including new lines of letterpress-made postcards, broadsides, and boxed notecard sets. Grab a broadside to support your favorite New York City borough or to celebrate the woodtype characters the Bowne & Co. team used previously as part of the #36DaysofType project. Items purchased online can be shipped anywhere in the country or scheduled for in-person pick up at 209-211 Water Street on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Visit bowne.co to browse and purchase.

The Seaport Museum is also offering a FREE outdoor exhibition on Pier 16, which will provide the opportunity to discover this chapter of New York City’s history. This series of panels and window graphics will celebrate the people of all backgrounds who lived and worked in the South Street Seaport Historic District, and the many businesses that created the foundations for New York to thrive and become the business and culture mecca it is today. Using historic photographs, prints, lithographs, and paintings, the exhibition highlights some of the Seaport Museum’s collection of more than 28,000 artifacts and works of art, and over 55,000 historic records.

Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival XXXVII is Oct. 1–3 at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

From Friday–Saturday, Oct. 1–3, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will once again host one of the nation’s largest gatherings of small boat enthusiasts and unique watercraft at Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival XXXVII.  

During the festival, CBMM guests can marvel at the craftsmanship and innovation used in traditional and contemporary small craft while enjoying CBMM’s waterfront campus and indoor and outdoor exhibitions. Hundreds of amateur and professional boatbuilders and enthusiasts come from all over the region to display their one-of-a-kind kayaks, canoes, and other traditional small craft. 

Sailing skiffs, rowing shells, kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, prams, and one-of-a-kind boats will be on display and in the water throughout this family-oriented event. Small craft owners hailing from all over the country will also be available to share their knowledge and boating experiences with guests 

On Saturday, CBMM Shipyard staff and Chesapeake Wooden Boat Builders School instructors will be on hand to offer boatbuilding and maritime demonstrations. Also beginning at 1pm on Saturday will be a lively Miles River race of small craft, which can be viewed from CBMM’s waterfront and docks.  

Festival-goers will be able to vote for their favorite boat, with the People’s Choice award and others announced among participants on Saturday evening. Limited offerings will be available for the public to see on Sunday. 

For safety reasons, dogs are not permitted on museum grounds during CBMM festivals, with the exception of certified service dogs.  

Public entrance to the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival is included with CBMM’s general admission, which is good for two consecutive days and free for CBMM members. Hours are 9am–5pm each day. For more information, visit cbmm.org/smallcraftfestival. Anyone looking to participate as an exhibitor should visit cbmm.org/mascfparticipants

2020 Canadian Sailing Hall of Fame Inductions to be held 3 October

The Canadian Sailing Hall of Fame and the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston are pleased to announce that the postponed 2020 Inductions to the Canadian Sailing Hall of Fame will take place on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at the Kingston Yacht Club in Kingston, ON.
The 2020 inductees are:

  • David Miller – 1972 Olympic Bronze Medal in the Soling Class – BC (RVYC)
  • Paul Cote – 1972 Olympic Bronze Medal in the Soling Class – BC (RVYC)
  • John Ekels – 1972 Olympic Bronze Medal in the Soling Class – BC (RVYC)
  • Glen Dexter – 1977 and 1980 Soling Class World Champions – NS (BBYC)
  • Andreas Josenhans – 1977 and 1980 Soling Class World Champions – NS (BBYC)
  • Sandy MacMillan – 1977 and 1980 Soling Class World Champions – NS (BBYC)
  • Karen Morch – 1984 Olympic Gold Medal Windsurfer Demonstration Class – ON (RCYC)
  • Terry McLaughlin – 1984 Olympic Silver Medal Flying Dutchman Class – ON (RCYC)
  • Evert Bastet – 1984 Olympic Silver Medal Flying Dutchman Class – QC (RStLYC)
  • Terry Neilson – 1984 Olympic Bronze Medal Finn Class – ON (NYC)
  • Hans Fogh – 1984 Olympic Bronze Medal Soling Class – ON (RCYC)
  • John Kerr – 1984 Olympic Bronze Medal Soling Class – ON (RCYC)
  • Steve Calder – 1984 Olympic Bronze Medal Soling Class – ON (RCYC)
  • Lynn Watters – Renowned International Judge – QC (RStLYC)

Watch it live or online! – The Induction Ceremony will take place Sunday, October 3rd, from 2pm to 5pm at theKingston Yacht Club (1 Maitland Street, Kingston, ON).
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, seating is limited to 60 people. Thanks to a generous donation, there will be no charge for any of the 60 attendees, but preference will be given to family and guests of the inductees. In the worst-case scenario, if the fourth wave of COVID-19 forces a cancellation of the event, the Induction ceremony would be reduced and would take place online.
The inductions will be available for viewing via the Marine Museum’s YouTube live-stream. To receive the link to the live-stream, register online at www.marmuseum.ca/cshof. There will be a $5 subscription fee to view the inductions online, with all monies going in support of the Canadian Sailing Hall of Fame.

Learn about Japanese boatbuilding this fall at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

On Sunday, Oct. 17, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., will host Douglas Brooks—boatbuilder, visiting master, writer, researcher, and winner of the 2014 Rare Craft Fellowship Award—for a demonstration on Japanese boatbuilding techniques and a slide presentation following the arc of his work in Japan apprenticing under seven different master boatbuilders.  

During the demonstration, scheduled for 2–4pm in CBMM’s working Shipyard, Brooks will fit two planks in the Japanese fashion. Then, he will use a special set of chisels to cut pilot holes for the nails and edge-nail the planks together. Brooks will discuss the tools and techniques specific to boatbuilding in Japan as well, and how these techniques are completely at odds with methods used in the west.  

Following the demonstration, from 4:30–6pm in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium, Brooks will give a presentation titled, “Ways of learning: An apprentice boatbuilder in Japan.” Guests may attend the demonstration and talk for $35 per person, or the talk only for $15 per person. A 20% discount is available for CBMM members, with registration for all required to cbmm.org/JapaneseBoatbuilding

Register now for AASLH Online Conference Oct. 12-15!


The 2021 AASLH Online Conference will be held October 12-15 and registration is now open. While the Online Conference shares the theme Doing History/Doing Justice with the Little Rock meeting and is designed to be an inspirational and informative experience, it has a completely different lineup of sessions, both live and pre-recorded. The AASLH Online Conference offers flexibility and accessibility for your conference experience. With twelve pre-recorded sessions, you can review presentations on your schedule, then join live discussion groups for Q&A with speakers and other attendees. Our live interactive sessions allow speakers to share their stories, strategies, and expertise while connecting participants to each other. Pricing also makes this experience more accessible than ever before: $55 for members, $75 for nonmembers, and free access to three general sessions.  You can find the full schedule here, and we’d like to share a few of the events we’re most looking forward to below.

 Oct. 12: Session: Institutional Genealogy: The Role of Knowing Our Past in the Pursuit of Equity
This session guides participants through interactive peer-to-peer facilitated conversations about what it means when our organizational pasts intersect with systems of injustice and oppression. This session focuses on identifying lessons from the past and using them to build confidence in our home organization’s role in a more just future. 

Oct. 13: General Session: Doing History, Doing Democracy
As history organizations work to be relevant, effective civic engagement is essential. As we do this work more deliberately, it makes sense to understand the landscape and to collaborate with others supporting the democratic project in our own country and abroad. This session will highlight current partnerships and prompt participants to identify their own strategies for engagement. 

Oct. 14: General Session: From the Ground Up: Land and History
The historical importance of land to our communities is an essential element of many environmental organizations’ rationale for protecting it. This session explores our relationship to land, our perception of what it means to inhabit—or “own”—it, and how it has shaped people’s lives, past, and present.

Oct. 15: Session: Recovering Lost Communities: The Potential of Digital History
Presenters will demonstrate and discuss recently developed web environments for exploring local history by applying them to an understanding of communities that were lost to urban development, industrialization, or neglect.

American Society of Marine Artists exhibition to open at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

The 18th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) is coming to Maryland’s Eastern Shore, with the exhibition to be hosted in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Steamboat Building in St. Michaels, Md., from Oct. 22, 2021, through Feb. 22, 2022. 

On the heels of the American Society of Marine Artists’ 40th anniversary, the ASMA biennial exhibition is a juried selection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, scrimshaw, and hand-pulled prints submitted by members. The ASMA 18th National Exhibition will include work by many of the most prominent contemporary marine artists working in the nation today. 

“We are thrilled to once again bring the nation’s best contemporary marine art to CBMM for our members and guests to take in and enjoy,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “We identify with the mission of ASMA, as we both raise appreciation for maritime culture and the marine environment to inspire stewardship.”  

The American Society of Marine Artists is a non-profit educational organization whose purpose is to recognize and promote marine art and maritime history and to encourage cooperation among artists, historians, academics, enthusiasts, and others engaged in activities relating to marine art. Its nearly 500 members include painters, sculptors, scrimshanders, and printmakers, all drawing inspiration from a relationship with the water. That inspiration comes from a wide range of locations and experiences that include waters both navigable and discreet and activities both carefully researched from history and observed directly from life.  

“The founders of American Society of Marine Artists were mostly painters of tall ships and other vessels that ply the high seas. While maritime history is still at the core of our mission, today’s members also capture life under the sea, along the shorelines, and even in ponds, streams, and boathouses. The work contained in this exhibition truly does represent the finest in contemporary marine art,” said ASMA President Lisa Egeli. “Our gratitude goes to the artists, the museums, the collectors, and the volunteers who support us, and the viewing public who will turn out to experience this wonderful presentation.”  

Entry to the exhibition is free for CBMM members or with general admission. At CBMM, the ASMA 18th National Exhibition is supported in part by Irmhild & Philip Webster. 

Tideline Visions: The Art of Seaweed: A Pop Up Show & Sale

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) Store is pleased to announce that it is partnering with photographic artist Karen Clark to present a one-day, one-woman Pop-Up Show & Sale of Karen’s work on Saturday, September 25, 2021, from 11 am-2 pm on the museum’s picturesque patio overlooking the Harbor.

Karen Clark grew up in Massachusetts and spent summers in Cape Cod and Maine, where she fell in love with the ocean and simultaneously developed a passion for art. Of her work, she says “I see art in everything. It’s the way I’ve always been. I feel grateful to experience the world in such a beautiful and visual way.” She gathers materials at the tideline for her current work of photographing the natural beauty of seaweed. While some might overlook seaweed as an art material, or simply pass by it without a second glance, Karen is drawn to it for its colors, textures and form. Her photographic art involves layering and playing with the organic materials, typically on the very same day she finds it, as the vibrancy of the colors fade if kept too long.  

While Karen spent much of her career as a professional photographer, she and her husband shifted gears and now own Whimsy Antiques, a playful vintage shop in Carpinteria.