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Book Conference Hotel Rooms by February 1st for CAMM Rate

CAMM Members and Affiliates, the 2018 CAMM Conference in Bermuda is quickly approaching: April 4-6, 2018.  We have arranged for a great room rate at the conference hotel: Coco Reef Bermuda Hotel. The limited CAMM block of rooms is only held until February 1, 2018, so please make your reservations now.


The CAMM Conference venue is Coco Reef Bermuda Hotel, located on the south shore of Paget Parish, Bermuda.

The CAMM room rates for hotel: Oceanview ($229 per night) or Beachfront ($259) plus 11.75% Government tax, Resort Levy $12.00 per person and Service Charge of $11.00 per person. A two night deposit of time of booking is required.

Call direct: (441)236-5416 or email: to book at the special rate noting the CAMM Conference. 

The hotel is located adjacent to the main conference venue, Bermuda College in Paget Parish, Bermuda.  Transportation to offsite conference events will be organized from Coco Reef Bermuda Hotel for easy movement around the island.

You will see from the below video, this is a beautiful venue for the conference.  A full conference program will be available shortly, but please don’t wait to make your reservation at this very reasonable rate – room availability is extremely limited.

We hope to see you in Bermuda!

Museum Job Posting: The New Bedford Whaling Museum President & CEO

About the New Bedford Whaling Museum


The half-scale model of the 1826 whale ship “Lagota” in the New Bedford Whaling Museum. (Photo NBWM)

Through its exhibitions, publications and programs, the Museum brings to life an international and multicultural canvas of stories, including: 

  • Amazing voyages of early whalers and explorers and the remote places and peoples they encountered;
  • The habits and habitats of whales and marine mammals through the ages;
  • The industrial revolution and growth of New England’s textile mills and other industries;
  • A diversity of peoples seeking religious, racial, and social tolerance whose histories intersect there, and pioneers of all colors; and
  • A proud maritime heritage of shipbuilding, yacht design, and life with the sea.

The Museum is also making new history with its national award-winning high school apprenticeship program and with unique partnerships that advocate for our oceans and for whales today. 

The Museum also houses a vast and valuable collection of fine and decorative art and artifacts; 25 galleries; a research library whose archives of logbooks, photographs, records, and rare documents have become internationally renown; the dramatic full skeletons of five whales; and the Lagoda – an 89-foot half scale model of a full-rigged whaling ship.  

The President & CEO Opportunity

This is the rare opportunity to take the helm of a vibrant and healthy organization and steer it into the future. The Museum has had nine consecutive years of positive financial results, during which it constructed a new building and doubled its endowment.  There is a wealth of staff and volunteer talent, growing community involvement, partnerships with numerous organizations, a fully vested Board of Trustees and a broad base of donor support. 

Ideal Candidates:

We are particularly interested in candidates with the following professional and personal qualities, skills and experience:   

  • A strategic, tactical and entrepreneurial leader able to develop and articulate a vision for the Museum’s next chapter;
  • An ambassador and fundraiser who can share the mission and vision with the outside world and help to expand the institution’s role more broadly;
  • A seasoned executive with strong staff, operational and financial management experience; and
  • A sincere passion for the mission of the Museum and a commitment to bringing its mission to the residents of New Bedford and surrounding communities, and far beyond. 

Additional information on the Museum and the role can be found here.

To suggest potential candidates, please contact Anne & Erin at

Potential candidates can express interest in the role by clicking here

South Carolina Maritime Museum unveils new look following renovations

From the S.C. Maritime Museum blog

By David Purtell Dec 3, 2017

The S.C. Maritime Museum opened its doors to the public again in December following months of renovation work to the building next to Francis Marion Park on Front Street in Georgetown.  The main attraction was the redone second floor that is now part of the museum and adds 3,600 square feet of exhibit and event space to the two-story building. “This was something that was started years ago,” said Johnny Weaver, president of the museum’s board of directors. “We are very glad to have this day, finally. This is an exciting day for us.”


Renovations to the second floor of the building that houses the museum added thousands of square feet of exhibit space. Photo courtesy of

After years operating out of a small room at the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce, the museum bought the first floor of its current building in 2011. In 2016, after receiving a rural development loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the museum bought the building’s second floor as well as an adjacent parking lot and four boat slips on the harbor.

“That loan has helped us get to where we are right now,” Weaver said about the $1.9 million the museum received. Renovations so far have totaled more than $600,000. An elevator was installed on one side of the building and a new stairway was built. The second floor currently houses the museum’s Shipwreck exhibit.

Johnny Weaver, board president for the Maritime Museum, walks down the newly installed stairway. Photo courtesy of


Georgetown City Councilman Al Joseph was on hand for the ribbon cutting and complimented the people behind the museum for their work.

“It’s just an incredible, spectacular addition to Georgetown,” he said about the museum.

Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce President Beth Stedman said the museum plays a vital role in attracting tourism to downtown and supporting neighboring businesses.

In a related project to the building’s renovation, the museum is leasing vacant lots left behind after the 2013 Front Street fire that destroyed several buildings. This summer, the museum had the lots cleared and installed concrete pads, and the city installed a new fence along the adjoining sidewalk. The area was used during the museum’s annual Wooden Boat Show in October and is available for rent as an outdoor waterfront event and wedding reception venue.

The museum’s board hopes to complete the re-finishing of the maple floor in the building’s 5,000-square-foot main level this winter.

“It’s a beautiful place,” Weaver said.

Cavalla Historical Foundation seeking Executive Director to lead the Undersea Warfare Center

Organizational Overview: The Cavalla Historical Foundation (CHF) is a non-profit, 501(c)3, headquartered in Galveston County, Texas. The CHF oversees and operates the American Undersea Warfare Center (AUWC), located at Seawolf Park on Pelican Island in Galveston, Texas.Cavalla Historical Foundation - logo

Job Title:  Executive Director
Salaried-Exempt, $58,000.00 annually + bonus opportunity
Reports to: President, CHF Board of Directors

Interested personnel may apply Here.

Job Summary: The Executive Director is responsible to the CHF Board of Directors for overseeing all museum functions, events and operations of the American Undersea Warfare Center; directing all employee and volunteer staff; tracking revenue and expenditures; managing advertising and public relations with outside organizations; and coordinating actions with the museum’s co-owner, the Galveston Park Board (GPB), in accordance with the signed Operational Agreement.

General Responsibilities:
• Maintain emails, newsletters, web/social media pages, membership/contributor
databases, and attendance and event statistics.
• Oversee the development and ensure execution of advertisement and promotional
• Assist the Curator in ensuring all artifacts are identified and catalogued, and special
events are professionally planned and conducted
• Ensure the facility is open and visitor-ready during published open hours of operation,
as well as during any scheduled off-hour events.
• Direct staff, volunteer and visitor adherence to applicable local, state and federal safety,
employment, and equal opportunity requirements.
• Maintain working relationship with the Seawolf Park Manager for GPB to coordinate
activities related to the park grounds, facilities, visitors, events, etc.
• Work with appropriate individuals and committees to plan, budget, publicize, and
conduct all visitor educational experiences, military and memorial ceremonies and
reenactments, public events and activities, and other special events

Management Responsibilities:
• Oversee revenue producing actions and expenditures to ensure all appropriate financial tracking actions are taking place and reported to the CHF treasurer.
• Provide oversight of the custody, security and management of the CHF artifact
collection, and help coordinate actions with appropriates individuals and committees to
identify and procure appropriate artifacts as they become available.
• Coordinate with the CHF treasurer and board committees in overseeing all operational
and financial recordkeeping/reporting as needed to provided budget analyses and
financial decisions.
• Host and assist the US Navy Inspection Team during its annual inspection of donated
Naval vessels, ensuring identified discrepancies are mitigated or resolved

Volunteer Organization Responsibilities:
• Assist the Maintenance Manager to actively recruit, train and develop AUWC volunteers
and docents on a continual basis
• Direct the Maintenance Manager in overseeing all aspects of the volunteer outreach
activities at AUWC.
• Assist Maintenance Manager in coordinating with the CHF Board of Directors, the GPB,
and our volunteer support organizations to ensure tasks are adequately supported, and
ensure volunteers are properly received for duty, task managed, and properly credited
for their efforts.

Public Relations Responsibilities:
• Coordinate with local and national media, and other support organizations as needed to report on, advertise for, and promote CHF and AUWC activities and events. Actions may include but are not limited to: Establish and coordinate with the CHF Communications Committee an annual marketing plan. Track the advertising and promotions budget, including Hotel Occupancy Tax revenue, print/radio/TV advertisement expenditures, and social media opportunities. Provide marketing reports to the CHF Board on an as required basis. In coordination with the CHF Communications Committee, oversee the development of advertisements, public and social media marketing, and articles regarding the CHF/AUWC.
• Represent the CHF and AUWC at meetings, seminars, and training sessions including,
but not limited to: Attending GPB Trustee meetings as a visitor, and GPB monthly Parks and Amenities Committee (PAC) meetings as a board member. Attend key promotional events held by the GPB, Chamber of Commerce, City Council, Texas A&M Galveston or other partner organizations.
• Serve as the CHF and AUWC ambassador with local and national veterans, maritime and history organizations such as the VFW, Port of Galveston, Historical Naval Ships
Association, or the Galveston Historical Foundation.
• Coordinate with CHF board committees, the GPB and AUWC staff to actively conduct
and pursue fundraising through donors, grants, capital campaigns, and gift giving
• Perform other duties as assigned by the CHF Board through the President, CHF.

Minimal Qualifications:
• Five years of work experience in relevant field
• Bachelor’s Degree or commensurate experience in Operations Management, Business,
or Strategic Management.
• Experience leading/directing teams of employees, volunteers and support staff
• Working knowledge or experience in basic desktop MS Office computer software such
as MS Office 365, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and social media applications
• The ability to pass a background check
• Have a valid driver’s license and be insurable to operate organizational and personal

Desired Qualifications:
• Management of Non-Profit Organizations or related
• Fund raising experience (grant writing, donor cultivation, capital campaigns, etc.)
• Formal education or knowledge about military, WWII, and/or Naval history with the
desire to educate the public, especially scout/school-age kids in these areas
• Five years of Maritime work experience including operations and vessel maintenance
• Demonstrated experience in public speaking

Working Conditions:
• Full Time (40 hours/week) including weekends, holidays and special events. Subject to
24-hour call for emergency response/crisis management
• Ascend and descend steep ladders on the Naval vessels on a daily/frequent basis to
fulfill job duties
• Perform occasional manual labor to fulfill job duties including lifting up to 50 pounds
• Work effectively in outdoor settings including extremely hot temperatures or
windy/rainy conditions
• Adhere to organizational dress and grooming standards


Kalmar Nyckel Foundation and Glass Entertainment Group Deliver Powerful New Documentary to PBS 

The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation and Glass Entertainment Group are pleased to announce the premiere of the jointly produced feature documentary, Kalmar Nyckel: The Forgotten Journey. The film will premiere Tuesday, December 19th, at 9 pm on WHYY TV, and be available on additional PBS affiliates around the country in 2018.

View the trailer for the documentary here.

Kalmar Nyckel Premiere_WHYY

 Kalmar Nyckel: The Forgotten Journey tells the story of Sweden’s first voyage to the New World.  It’s an epic adventure about an ordinary Swedish ship and the extraordinary expedition that launched the colony of New Sweden in 1638 – right here in the Delaware Valley.  With a maritime perspective that features stunning sailing sequences from today’s replica Kalmar Nyckel and commentary from some of the world’s leading experts, the documentary sheds new light on the Swedish colonial experience in North America.

“No one walked across the Atlantic in the 17th century, for starters,” says Sam Heed, Executive Producer of the film and Senior Historian for the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation.  “The Kalmar Nyckel story reminds us how important transatlantic voyaging was to all of America’s formative colonial experiences.”

“We are so proud to be able to partner with Glass Entertainment Group and WHYY to share this wonderful and important story!” adds Kalmar Nyckel Foundation Executive Director, Cathy Parsells. “The voyage of the original Kalmar Nyckel was so important to so many in the Delaware Valley – we can’t wait to see her story told!”

“We were attracted to the story of the Kalmar Nyckel because it has all the right ingredients,” said Ben Fetterman, Executive Producer of the film. “It is a story of heroism, adventure and exploration, all contained on a 17th-century vessel, which made for a fascinating narrative.  One special part of our documentary is that our cast and crew recreated the harrowing journey of this historic voyage on the modern Kalmar Nyckel, sailing the same waters the original ship passed over nearly 400 years ago! It makes for great TV,” Fetterman continued.

The film, airing on WHYY, PBS’s member television station serving the greater Philadelphia (PA) area and licensed in Wilmington, Delaware, is set to premiere on December 19th. The producers feel WHYY is a perfect home for the feature documentary since its topic matter and landmarks anchor the story and has great relevance to WHYY’s viewing market.

“While Delaware History was mandatory when I was an undergraduate at the University of Delaware, I don’t remember the Kalmar Nyckel being mentioned,” said William Marrazzo, President and CEO of WHYY. “This film is a great opportunity to share a little known yet significant part of Delawarean and American history.”

Kalmar Nyckel: The Forgotten Journey was produced by Glass Entertainment Group in partnership with the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation.

Contact Sam Heed, Senior Historian & Director of Education at the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation for more information: (302) 429-7447 or

About Glass Entertainment Group

Glass Entertainment Group produces hit television series, documentaries and feature films. At the helm is six-time Emmy-winning producer Nancy Glass. Declared “a force in the TV industry”, Glass currently has eight shows on air and over a dozen more in development. Her company has produced thousands of hours of programing for various cable networks including: A&E, CNN, History, TLC, Animal Planet, Oxygen, Nat Geo, Food, Travel and HGTV. Glass Entertainment Group have also produced phone apps, branded content, digital series, commercials and award winning documentaries. Nancy is thrilled that her production company had the opportunity to partner on such a historically rich and meaningful film.

About Kalmar Nyckel Foundation

The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation is a non-profit educational organization with a mission of “preserving and promoting the cultural and maritime heritage of Delaware and the Delaware Valley for the education and enrichment of all.”  The Foundation is a volunteer-based organization that built, owns, and operates the Tall Ship of Delaware, Kalmar Nyckel.   Kalmar Nyckel serves as a floating classroom and as an inspirational platform, offering people of all ages a variety of sea- and land-based learning and recreational experiences.

Maritime Heritage Conference Early Registration Deadline Extended to December 25th

MHCOur Maritime Communities —Stronger Together
14–17 February 2018 • New Orleans

The 11th Maritime Heritage Conference, the 45th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships, the 55th Annual Meeting of the National Maritime Historical Society and the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Steamship Historical Society of America will come together for an information-packed joint conference encompassing a broad array of topics this coming February 14-17, 2018 in the historic port city of New Orleans.

The Maritime Heritage Conference, last held in 2014, brings together individuals and institutions of the maritime heritage community to discuss topics of common interest. Tall Ships America’s Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships is held annually and has earned a reputation for its high take-away value, networking opportunities, and camaraderie. Join as many as 500 of your fellow maritime enthusiasts from the National Maritime Alliance, Tall Ships America, the National Maritime Historical Society, the Steamship Historical Society of America, the Council of American Maritime Museums, the Historic Naval Ships Association, the North American Society for Oceanic History, the US Lighthouse Society and so many others!

For more information and to register today, please visit the Maritime Heritage Conference Page , where you’ll also find up to date information on the Conference Schedule, Accommodations, Sponsorship Opportunities, and the Call for Presenters and Guidelines.

Download a pdf flyer on the conference.

The full conference price is $395 per person, which includes all sessions, continental breakfasts, coffee breaks & lunches (February 15-17), the Saturday Gala Awards Dinner (February 17), and all meeting materials. There are also individual day options. The full Conference price increases to $495 per person after December 25, 2017. Register today by clicking HERE.

The conference venue is the beautiful New Orleans Marriott in the French Quarter – 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130. A block of rooms has been set aside for conference attendees at the special rate of $164 per night (plus tax) for the nights of February 14-17, 2018. Rooms will be held at this rate, while available, until January 22, 2018. Click HERE to book your room using the Conference Passkey, or call (504) 581-1000 and provide the discount code “MHC.” Should the block of rooms be filled, we will
make every effort to block additional rooms at the above rate, however that may not
be possible and we recommend you book as early as possible!

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to gather with individuals from all segments of the
maritime community! Register Today, email or call (914) 737-7878 Ext. 0 with any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!

Independence Seaport Museum Receives Grant from William Penn Foundation

Independence Seaport Museum has been awarded a $2.6 million grant from the William Penn Foundation to open River Alive! – a landmark exhibition focusing on the Delaware River and its watershed as a living, ever-changing system whose health and sustainability is vital to our lives. Independence Seaport logo

“The River Alive! exhibit has been years in the making and is a real game changer for the Seaport Museum,” said John Brady, President and CEO of Independence Seaport Museum. “It will continue to connect us with the area’s waterways by showcasing the importance of the Delaware River Watershed. Environmental changes do not happen overnight, and we could not be more grateful to the William Penn Foundation for their support and belief in this project.”

The River Alive! exhibition will position the Seaport Museum at the forefront of citizen science and watershed education in the region. It will have multiple interactive and hands-on exhibition elements including a watershed map, Citizen Science Lab and Fisharium, all helping audiences to understand the real threats to the Delaware and its watershed. As well as being an economic driver through its port facilities, the River provides drinking water, food, and recreation to millions of people living across 13,500 square miles in the region.

“The Board of Port Wardens is delighted to see John’s vision for the Museum coming to fruition. The River Alive! project allows us to exemplify the commitment we have for our local waterways and environment,” said Peter Havens, Chair of Independence Seaport Museum’s Board of Port Wardens. “We hope support like this will inform others about the projects transforming the area and inspire them to come forward and get involved.”

Programmatically, River Alive! creates opportunities to physically and intellectually connect the exhibition to the Seaport Museum’s soon-to-be expanded dock and to the tens of thousands of passersby along Penn’s Landing. The exhibit will beg questions such as, “What’s alive in the river?,” and “Why should we care about the river?,” and “How do we use the river every day?,” and encourage visitors to act on the answers by seeking education via River Alive! and its associated programming. Construction on the exhibit will begin in early 2018 with an anticipated opening in November 2018.

As a bold and innovative exhibition, River Alive! aligns with the William Penn Foundation’s work to empower those living in the area to protect our shared watershed, a strategic vision accomplished through grants toward research, advocacy, communications, conservation, and strong environmental education. With this investment in River Alive!, the Seaport Museum will foster educational experiences along the water and for the watershed across the area.

“We are excited for this exhibit to transform the way residents and visitors to Philadelphia experience the Delaware River and learn about its critical role in our well-being,” said Shawn McCaney, Executive Director of the William Penn Foundation. “For too long, there has been a divide – both literal and figurative – between people and the river. After decades of effort to restore water quality, people are once again returning to the water now that it is clean. The Foundation has made a concerted effort to help foster this re-connection, through our past support for the Central Delaware Master Plan and now through this exhibit, which will provide direct access for people to explore and learn about the water, and inspire them to help protect it.”

About Independence Seaport Museum

Independence Seaport Museum deepens the understanding, appreciation, and experience of the Philadelphia region’s waterways through history, art, science, and connecting with communities. With National Historic Landmark ships Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna, a boatbuilding workshop, small boat rentals, hands-on exhibits, a Citizen Science Lab, one of the largest maritime art and artifact collections in North America and more, the Museum is the premier, year-round destination on the Penn’s Landing waterfront. Visit daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and see our full schedule of programs and events at

About William Penn Foundation

The William Penn Foundation, founded in 1945 by Otto and Phoebe Haas, is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that increase educational opportunities for children from low-income families, ensure a sustainable environment, foster creativity that enhances civic life, and advance philanthropy in the Philadelphia region. In partnership with others, the Foundation works to advance opportunity, ensure sustainability, and enable effective solutions. Since inception, the Foundation has made nearly 10,000 grants totaling over $1.6 billion. The Foundation’s assets exceed $2.3 billion as of March 31, 2017.