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Member Update – Mystic Seaport Releases Video on Restoration of Mayflower II

A brand new Mystic Seaport video “Journey to Restoration: Mayflower II at Mystic Seaport” was released today. Mystic Seaport’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard is working in partnership with Plimoth Plantation to restore Mayflower II, a full-scale reproduction of the Pilgrims’ vessel. The ship is being repaired using traditional and modern methods that both honor her original construction and recondition her for generations of enjoyment.

Submitted by Connor Zito, Mystic Seaport, May 4, 2016

Images of the 2016 CAMM Meeting

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CAMM 2016 Annual Conference Attendees in front of the KALMAR NYCKEL

The recent 2016 CAMM conference provided a great opportunity for learning, networking, and reinvigoration. Over 80 maritime heritage professionals attended, representing 45 institutions. Highlights included an evening cruise on the Kalmar Nyckel and a field trip to Winterthur.

The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation provided a wonderful venue and their conference volunteers were awesome! Many thanks to our hosts Sam Heed and Cathy Parsells.

Next year’s conference will be hosted by the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. April dates to be determined.

Photos by Candace Clifford.

CAMM Elects New Officers

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Dave Pearson turns over gavel to new CAMM President Greg Gorga

CAMM elected a new president, Greg Gorga, and vice president, Marifrances Trivelli at their recent 2016 Business Meeting. Two new members-at-large were also elected–Susan Sirota from the Maritime Museum Association of San Diego and Rolf Johnson of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. Walter Rybka of the Erie Maritime Museum/U.S. Brig Niagara rotated off the Board and Dave Pearson replaced him as ex-officio president.

Current CAMM Officers:

President, Greg Gorga, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

Vice President, Marifrances Trivelli, Los Angeles Maritime Museum

Secretary, Paul Johnston, National Museum of American History, Smithsonia

Treasurer, Paul Fontenoy, North Carolina Maritime Museum

Members at Large:

Sam Heed, Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
Pete Lesher, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Rolf Johnson, Wisconsin Maritime Museum
Susan Sirota, Maritime Museum Association of San Diego

Ex-Officio President, Dave Pearson, Columbia River Maritime Museum

NPS Advisor, Robbyn Jackson, San Francisco Maritime NHP

$2.58 Million Awarded for Maritime Heritage Grants

The National Park Service, in partnership with the Maritime Administration, today announced the award of $2.58 million in Maritime Heritage Program grants for projects in 19 states that preserve sites and objects related to our nation’s maritime history.

Congratulations to the following CAMM-member grant recipients:

  • Santa Barbara Maritime Museum for Spirit of Dana Tall Ship Overnight Education Program
  • Maritime Museum Association of San Diego for Distance Learning History Project: Linking to Cabrillo’s Ship San Salvador
  • San Francisco Maritime National Park Association for Steam Ferryboat Eureka Structural Survey
  • Mystic Seaport Museum for Scrimshaw, Marine Painting, and Ship Model Preservation and Access Project
  • Connecticut River Museum for Bulkhead Replacement Project
  • Kalmar Nyckel Foundation for “Wilmington Shipbuilding” Interpretive Educational Exhibit
  • Maine Maritime Museum for Construction of Building Addition for a Simulated Lighthouse Lantern Room
  • USS Constitution Museum for Renewing “Old Ironsides”
  • National Maritime Historical Society for Indexing, Digitizing, and Online Expansion of Sea History Magazine
  • Independence Seaport Museum for Submarine Becuna Multimedia App Development
  • Steamship Historical Society of America for Steaming into the Future

See NPS press release for full list of grant recipients.

The Maritime Heritage Program grants are available to state, tribal, and local governments, as well as private non-profit organizations for education and preservation projects.  Education projects are funded in amounts between $15,000-$50,000; preservation projects are funded in amounts between $50,000-$200,000. Education grants can be used for programs such as school curriculum, interpretive programs and web pages, and preservation grant projects can include the rehabilitation or restoration of ships and other maritime resources.

National Maritime Heritage Program Grant awards are made possible through a partnership between the two federal agencies that share a commitment to maritime heritage preservation and education.  In accordance with the National Maritime Heritage Act of 1994, funding is provided by the Maritime Administration through the recycling of vessels from the MARAD’s National Defense Reserve Fleet. The grant program supports a broad range of maritime education and preservation projects, without expending tax dollars, while ensuring that the vessels are dismantled in an environmentally sound manner.

NPS Maritime Historian Anna Holloway expects the next application period for grants to begin May 23rd. See the Maritime Heritage Program website for more information on the grants program.

Submitted by Anna Holloway, NPS Maritime Historian, April 22, 2016

HNSA Issues 2016 Call for Papers

The launch of the USS Lexington at the Bethlehem Steel Company shipyard in September 1942.  U.S. Navy photo in National Archives Collection.

The launch of the USS Lexington at the Bethlehem Steel Company shipyard in September 1942. U.S. Navy photo in National Archives Collection.

The 50th Historic Naval Ships Association (HNSA) Conference, “The Sky’s the Limit,” will be on board the USS LEXINGTON in Corpus Christi, TX, from 20-23 September. The format will follow last year’s very successful conference on the USS IOWA in San Pedro, CA, whereby each of the three days will see two, 3-hour symposium-style sessions with convenient breaks. This format provides the opportunity for attendees to explore more fully topics crucial for the success of our ship-museums. Similarly, experts from both inside and outside the HNSA fleet community will make presentations.

See the HNSA-50th-Confreence-Call-for-Papers for more information. Deadline for proposals is 31 July.

Submitted by HNSA, April 20, 2016



Mariners Museum Seeks President & CEO

The Mariners’ Museum and Park is seeking a new President to lead the Museum into a new era. The President is responsible for increasing the visibility, prominence, financial resources, relevance and impact of The Mariners’ Museum and Park. S/he must be a leader who can garner respect and support of donors, government leaders, other non-profits and experts in the field. This individual must know how to build a world-class operation, develop and nurture partnerships, and be a catalyst who can lead and motivate others while creating excitement and energy around The Mariners’ Museum and Park and all its potential.

The ideal candidate will possess a minimum of ten years in a leadership role in a profit or not-for-profit organization, preferably in a Museum, with a proven track record in leadership, revenue generation, building new business lines, and motivating staff and volunteers to achieve new levels of excellence. This individual must be a passionate, creative leader and team builder. The new President will report to The Mariners’ Museum Board of Trustees.

See full announcement for more information.

Submitted April 17, 2016

CAMM Welcomes Four New Members

The Council of American Maritime Museum’s Board is delighted to welcome four new members!

  • Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Oxnard, California
  • Institute of Nautical Archaeology, College Station, Texas
  • Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler, Bronx, New York
  • Ocean Institute, Dana Point, California
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The Ocean Institutes’ tall ships SPIRIT OF DANA POINT and Brig PILGRIM. Photo courtesy of the Ocean Institute.

According to their website, “The Ocean Institute, founded in 1977, educates 250,000 visitors annually through over 60 marine science and maritime history programs. Located on 2.4 acres in the Dana Point Harbor, adjacent to a Marine Life Conservation Area, the facility is an ocean education center that offers in-depth Marine Science, Maritime History and Outdoor Education programs.

The Institute includes state-of-the-art teaching labs, the spectacular Maddie James Seaside Learning Center, two historic tall ships, and an oceanographic research vessel. Immersion-based field trips range from one-hour science labs to multi-day programs at sea and at the Lazy W Ranch, in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. All programs are designed to maximize immersion, spark curiosity, and inspire a deep commitment to learning.”

Affiliated with the Texas A&M University, the Institute of Nautical Archaeology is based in College Station, Texas. A non-profit international research organization “committed to locating, excavating, recording, preserving, and publishing archaeological sites of maritime significance—including wrecked and buried ships, submerged ruins, and their associated artifacts, INA was founded over 40 years ago by Dr. George Bass, who in the 1960s pioneered the science of archaeological excavation under water. INA conducts work around the globe on shipwrecks and submerged sites. INA’s projects represent all historical periods and geographic regions, from the 14th-century B.C. Bronze Age shipwreck at Uluburun, Turkey to the 19th-century A.D. side-wheel steamboat Heroine in Red River, Oklahoma.”

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Channel Islands Maritime Museum Docent Jerry Leckie talks to a group of students from Hathaway School. Photo courtesy Channel Islands Maritime Museum

The mission of the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Oxnard, California, is to “provide a rewarding museum experience based on the age of sail and to enhance the understanding of our rich maritime heritage through world-class maritime art, unique ship models, dynamic exhibits, and educational programs.” The museum offers a wide range of educational tours and activities for students in grades 3 through 12, as well as field trips and a summer education program. Permanent exhibits include seascape paintings and a variety of ship models–some carved by French prisoners-of-war from soup bones.

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Courtesy Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler

The Maritime Museum at Fort Schuyler is housed on the campus of the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College at historic Fort Schuyler, The Bronx, New York. According to their website, “Touring the museum is like strolling through passages of time. The museum offers one of the largest collections of maritime industry materials in the nation and is displayed chronologically. The main exhibit area located on the second floor is entitled ‘The Evolution of Seafaring’ and encompasses the history of seafaring from the ancient Phoenicians to present day steamship companies and passenger ship lines. Exhibits in the area include paintings, models of early sailing vessels, clipper ships, turn of the century vessels up to and including the present day, as well as tools and navigational instruments of bygone days to modern times.”

Submitted by Candace Clifford using extracts from these members’ websites, April 12, 2016