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11th Maritime Heritage Conference & 45th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships – February 15-17, 2018 in New Orleans


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11th Maritime Heritage Conference 45th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships

New Orleans Marriott-French Quarter
February 15 – 17, 2018

The 11th Maritime Heritage Conference and the 45th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships will come together for an information-packed joint conference encompassing a broad array of topics. The Maritime Heritage Conference was last held in 2014, and is unique in bringing together all elements 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 Known for its high “take away value”, networking opportunities and camaraderie. You are invited to join with us and share an exploration of maritime heritage while charting the course for the future.  The Conference Steering Committee invites you to become involved in the 2018 Conference as a presenter. This is an outstanding opportunity to come together with individuals from all segments of the maritime community to discuss topics of common interest, to learn from your peers, and to share your knowledge and experience with others.

The conference venue is the beautiful New Orleans Marriott. Rooms are available at the terrific rate of $164+ per night! Details of the conference schedule are posted at: and

Focus sessions include, but are not limited to:
♦ Media and Publications                                     ♦ Crew and Staff Training and Development
♦ Tall Ships, Sail Training and Education          ♦ Not for Profit Administration
Under Sail
♦ Marketing and Social Media                             ♦ Fund Development
♦ Vessel Operations and Safety                            ♦ Tall Ships® Events and Host Port

Papers and sessions include, but are not limited to:
♦ Maritime and naval history                              ♦ Inland Water Commerce and seaport                                                                                                     operations
♦ Maritime Art, Literature and Music                ♦ Lighthouses and Lifesaving Stations
♦ Underwater Archaeology                                  ♦ Trade and Communications
♦ Shipbuilding                                                         ♦ Libraries, Archives, and Museums
♦ Marine Science and Ocean Conservation      ♦ National Marine Sanctuaries
♦ Education and Preservation                             ♦ Vessel Restoration
♦ Maritime Heritage Grant Program                  ♦ Small Craft
♦ Marine Protected Areas                                     ♦ Maritime Landscapes

Session Proposals are encouraged. Individual and Session Proposals should include a one-page abstract, and a one-page bio about each presenter. Please email proposals to Dr. David Winkler and Jonathan Kabak at:   For proposal guidelines: or    The deadline for papers and session proposals is November 1, 2017

MHC                                                 TSA

the USS Constitution “Restoring an Icon” Blog and ConstitutionCam Allow You to See the Final Stages of the Ship’s Restoration Before She Returns to the Water in July

In less than one month, USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned ship in the United States Navy, will be heading back to the water after two years in dry dock as part of a multi-year restoration at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Charlestown, MA. Throughout the restoration process, the USS Constitution Museum has been working with the Naval History & Heritage Command Detachment Boston to document the progress made by the Detachment ship restorers.


The USS Constitution has been in dry dock for over two years undergoing restoration.  Follow the restoration progress through the USS Constitution Museum’s website. (Photo: USS Constitution Museum)

Our restoration blog, “Restoring an Icon,” is a bi-weekly online blog that features behind-the-scenes looks, insights, photos, and videos about the current restoration and past rebuilds. The blog can be found at: We also have a camera, ConstitutionCam, which has been documenting the restoration from a window overlooking Dry Dock 1. It takes a photo every 20 minutes which can then be turned into time-lapse videos of the progress. The photos are updated on our website at:

On July 23, the Museum will be open all night with family-friendly activities in celebration of Constitution’s return to the water where the remainder of the restoration will take place.

We have set up a Facebook event page for the undocking event: During the night of the undocking, we will be producing a Facebook Live video that will be posted and shared on our Facebook Page: The Facebook Live viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions about the restoration process and the events of that night.


Chesapeake Treasure Video Series Highlights CBMM Collections

Here is another great online video series highlighting one of our Member institution’s collections.  The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is receiving high engagement with their #ChesapeakeTreasure video series launched this past year.

View the latest episode on the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle below, or you can see/link to the entire collection on the Chesapeake Treasure YouTube playlist here
If you have questions about the #ChesapeakeTreasure video series, contact Tracey Johns, Vice President of Communications at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum  

If your organization has a unique online resource you think would be of interest to CAMM members, please send an email to me at

Registration is open for the ICMM’s 2017 Valparaiso, Chile Congress – 15-20 October

Displaying A message from the International Congress of Maritime Museum’s President, Steve White

Dear Colleagues:

In just four months’ time the biennial congress for ICMM will convene in Valparaiso, October 15-20, 2017.  Our hosts, Museo Marítimo Nacional de Chile, and its director Admiral Cristian del Real have worked tirelessly over the past 18 months to put together a memorable Congress which for the first time will be held on the continent of South America.  I encourage you to visit the Congress website so that you can register and begin making your plans for October 2017.  As you will see on the website, the team in Valparaiso has put together an outstanding five and half days for us, and several not to be missed post conference tours.  Kristen Greenaway, president of Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and her program team have filled out the Congress  conference time with stimulating presentations dealing in one way or another with our theme of Discoveries!

Having visited with the Museum and Cristian this past November, I can attest to the magnificence of Chile as a country and the colorful culture that Valparaiso presents.  It may seem like the Chilean coast is miles away from home, but to understand trade and exploration in the 19th century, one needs to visit Valparaiso.  I know you will enjoy it!

Please take this moment to register and begin preparing for an engaging and memorable Congress!

Steve White, President, ICMM / President, Mystic Seaport

Application Period Open for 2017 Maritime Heritage Grants

Application Period Open for 2017 Maritime Heritage Grants

Approximately $2.5 million in National Maritime Heritage Grants for education or preservation projects will be available for 2017. Proposals for grants will be accepted from May 22 until August 4, 2017. Education projects can request $15,000-50,000 and preservation projects can request $50,000-200,000. Funding for Maritime Heritage Grants is competitive and requires a 1-to-1 match with non-Federal assets from non-Federal sources. Project funds are disbursed from the Maritime Heritage Program directly to State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs), who make subgrants to applicants.

Applicants must submit their complete application packages through the website. Organizations not yet registered or familiar with must first go to the following website and follow the instructions to register: It will take up to two weeks for your account to be processed before you can submit your application. Do not wait until the last minute to register with and the system for award management (SAM); application extensions will not be granted for incomplete or SAM registration.

A list of 2016 grantees is not yet available.  You can view 2015 awardees and other past year grant recipients: Here.

Coast Guard Cutter McCulloch Found 100 Years After Sinking

The below article was from the San Francisco Chronicle. Also, click the link to see the CNN story about discovery of the ship: Coast Guard ship found after 100 years in US Pacific coast.

Ship that sank 100 years ago finally found

By Carl Nolte

Robert Schwemmer of NOAA points to photos that confirm the discovery of the steam-powered Coast Guard revenue cutter McCulloch that sank off the Central Coast near Santa Barbara on June 13, 1917. Photo: Paul Kuroda / San Francisco Chronicle


Tom Glebas, who piloted the remotely operated vehicle that photographed the wreckage, shows the equipment that helped confirm the old ship’s identity. Photo: Paul Kuroda / San Francisco Chronicle

Maritime archaeologists and the Coast Guard announced the discovery Tuesday of what remains of the celebrated Coast Guard cutter McCulloch, which sank 100 years ago off the Central California coast.

The McCulloch was a famous ship in its day. It fired one of the first shots in the battle of Manila Bay in 1898 during the Spanish-American War, and then served on rescue and patrol duties out of San Francisco Bay for 20 years, including service in Alaska and the Bering Sea.

Identifying the wreckage of the ship “is a great day for the Coast Guard,” said Rear Adm. Todd Sokalzuk, commander of the Coast Guard’s 11th district in Alameda. The story of the McCulloch and its crew over the years “is an important part of our heritage and legacy,” he said.

The ship — 219 feet long and steam-powered — was the largest revenue cutter of its time, and also one of the fastest. But it sank in 35 minutes on the morning of June 13, 1917, after a collision in fog with the passenger liner Governor off Point Conception near Santa Barbara.

Formal identification of the ship’s wreckage was announced at a news conference at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. The tale of the ship’s career and its abrupt end was part history lesson and part underwater detective story.

The McCulloch was built in Philadelphia in 1896 for the Revenue Cutter Service, forerunner of the modern Coast Guard. The ship was assigned to service in the Pacific, but instead of sailing the usual route around the tip of South America, it was sent through the Suez Canal and the Indian Ocean to its new station in San Francisco. The Panama Canal had not been built yet.

When the McCulloch reached Singapore, it was clear that war between the United States and Spain was in the air. The McCulloch was attached to the Navy’s Asiatic Squadron under Commodore George Dewey.

When war broke, Dewey’s fleet sailed for the Philippines, then under Spanish control, where it surprised and sank a Spanish squadron at Manila Bay. The American victory there helped establish the U.S. as a Pacific power.

Though the McCulloch was a revenue cutter — essentially a patrol ship — it carried guns and fired the first shots at Manila Bay. The McCulloch’s chief engineer, Frank Randall, was the only American fatality in the battle.

Later, the ship sailed into San Francisco, which became its home port. It was assigned to rescue missions, including responding to a major shipwreck off Bolinas, and to patrol duty in remote sections of Alaska and the Bering Sea.

When it was not on patrol, the McCulloch was a familiar sight in the bay. Its usual base was riding at anchor just off Sausalito, ready to put to sea on short notice.

In June 1917, the cutter was heading back to San Francisco from Los Angeles Harbor when it was sunk in 300 feet of water.

The wreckage lay undiscovered on the sea bottom until modern sonar detected a mysterious shipwreck 4 miles off Point Conception.

Not long afterward, marine archaeologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Coast Guard mounted an expedition to dive on the wreck. Robert Schwemmer, NOAA’s West Coast maritime heritage coordinator, described how scientists used a small remotely operated vehicle to explore the wreckage.

Though only a skeleton of the ship remained, Schwemmer used what he called “clues” — part of the ship’s unique torpedo tube, one of the ship’s guns and the steering wheel — to identify the wreck as the long-lost McCulloch

They also tracked down the grave of John Johansson, a McCulloch crew member who was injured in the collision and taken off the ship. He died in a hospital a few days after the accident and was buried with honors at a cemetery in San Pedro, at the edge of Los Angeles harbor.

There are no plans to raise the ship.

Carl Nolte is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter: @carlnoltesf


New Mystic Seaport Video: “Nikki McClure: Life in Balance”

This new video from Mystic Seaport featuring papercutting artist Nikki McClure is a compelling example of presenting an artist, art form, and exhibition in an online video.  Please take a minute to view this excellent short piece.

In the early 2nd century, paper was invented in China by Cai Lun.

Almost at once artists of one fashion or another began using it to create art. Instantly we think of the masters who dabbed paint on that paper to create breathtaking art. But others chose a very different route. They created art simply by cutting it.

Papercutting has been embraced for more than 1600 years in countries as varied as Indonesia, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Israel, the Philippines and throughout China, Japan and India.

The art initially took the form of religious iconography, but over the centuries, artists expanded their subject matter. From high art to folk art, papercutting allowed people to celebrate and remember loved ones, special events like marriage contracts or favorite animals, floral designs, holiday images and, of course, historical, political and religious figures.

The art form has inspired millions with its intricate and delicate designs. The Chinese paper-cutting form has even been recognized by the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List as representing the cultural values of the Chinese people.

When Mystic Seaport saw the work of Washington State papercut artist Nikki McClure they were inspired by both her skills and her vision. She was invited to create Away, a 59-foot long mural that is on display in the lobby of the Thompson Exhibition Building.

Additionally, 36 pieces of her work were curated into Life in Balance: The Art of Nikki McClure on exhibit now in the C. D. Mallory Building. The exhibition also includes sketches, notes, and an examination of her process of creation.

If you’re only exposure to papercut art is the silhouette of your first pet or girlfriend, then you may well be surprised by the scope and intricacies of the art of cut paper.

Submitted by Mystic Seaport