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Support for Full Funding of Maritime Heritage Grants

Tim Runyan of the National Maritime Alliance has shared some good news:

A win!!

We scored a big win early this morning as the marathon session by the House Armed Services Committee marked up the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. Language was included to restore the maritime heritage grant program. It was included in the Seapower subcommittee mark adopted by the full Committee.

Also included was an amendment to require the Maritime Administration to provide detailed reports on the ship recycling program, and report on funds for maritime heritage.

Earlier, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee included language in the maritime bill requiring an annual report by the Maritime Administration on the vessel disposal program. It includes several references to the National Maritime Heritage Act and asks for reporting on the uses of heritage funds.

Next steps: bills move to the floor for approval; then to the Conference of the House and Senate; then signed into law by the President. The House–Senate conference is key, as our bill for restoration of the maritime heritage grant program is in the House bill, and must be accepted by the Senate. 

We must continue our advocacy efforts to clear these next hurdles. Major focus this past week was the Senate–three days of meetings. We need both House and Senate support going forward.

My thanks to all for your support, and contacting members of Congress. It makes a difference.

A little celebrating is in order! 


2016 National Flagship Named

The Folks at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park are pleased to share the announcement that their female Sea Scout program, Ship 100 Viking, has been named “National Flagship,” ranking it as the top Sea Scouts program nationwide.


Photo courtesy of Sea Scouts, B.S.A.

According to the Sea Scouts website, the award “is presented in recognition of excellence in program quality, youth achievement, and adult commitment. It is because of these attributes, as reflected by the “Viking’s”” exemplary program of seamanship and youth development . . . Chartered by The San Francisco Sailing Whaleboat Association, Sea Scout Ship 100 currently has an all-female membership of 20 youth and 10 adults. The Ship is home-ported in the beautiful San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, providing a close tie to a National Park whose mission of bringing historic ships to life for current generations aligns closely their own. Viking’s main vessel is an historic wooden whaleboat built by the US Navy in 1938 and the young ladies of Viking keep the boat maintained and actively sailed – often winning top honors in annual historic sailboat races.”

“Ship 100 meets 2-4 times a week to sail, conduct advancement training, row, and work on boat maintenance projects, and the senior members of the Ship meet once a month for Quarterdeck meetings to plan and discuss activities and goals for the Ship. They hold several overnight trips such as advancement retreats, camping trips, Wooden Boat Shows, Council Venturing Camp weekends, overnight sailing trips and a snow trip. Community service is an integral component of the Ship’s program, with the crew participating in 13 service projects and color guard ceremonies in 2015. Six of those community service events were Quartermaster Projects, planned and coordinated by senior crew members of SSS Viking.”

Submitted by Robbyn Jackson, San Francisco Maritime NHP, May 5, 2016

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