The Mystic Seaport’s newest video “Maintaining History: Historic Vessel Maintenance at Mystic Seaport” takes a look at how the Seaport’s skilled craftspeople combine historic tools and methods with modern technology to preserve historic vessels of all kinds.
Submitted by Connor Zito, July 27, 2016
The Los Angeles Maritime Museum is preparing to deaccession some U.S. Navy ship blueprints and would like to offer them to interested CAMM member museums.
For a list of plans, see LAMM Available Ships Plans
For more information, contact the museum’s archivist, Liz Ruth, at 310-548-7618 ext 215 or send her an email at <email@example.com>.
Courtesy U.S. Brig NIAGARA, Erie, Pennsylvania
The U.S. Brig Niagara, owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, operated by the Flagship Niagara League as sailing school vessel on the Great Lakes, and homeported at the Erie Maritime Museum, is slated to receive a mid-life refit commencing in fall of 2016, with completion by spring of 2018. Design and Procurement work will begin this summer. This is a very ambitious project to renew decks, bulwarks, some planking, and all machinery, as well as make improvements in ballast and stability. The Pennsylvania Department of General Services is seeking bids for a design-build contract.
To obtain the RFP: http://www.emarketplace.state.pa.us/Solicitations.aspx?SID=DGS 974-9 Phase 1
Submitted by Walter Rybka, Senior Captain, who “would like to obtain as wide a range of bidders as possible [from] the kind of craftspeople who generally work on wooden ships around our coasts [who] are not as likely to be scanning the commerce and business daily or PA government notices . . .”
Submitted by Sandy Bryson at the Michigan Maritime Museum
CAMM members who attended the annual meeting in Toledo last April will remember the presentation on the Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Trail and the Evelyn S exhibited at the Michigan Maritime Museum. The 1939 wooden fish tug is under extensive restoration and has been moved to a new location on the Museum’s campus in South Haven. This video documents the mid-stage of the restoration of her “turtle back” house and the excitement of seeing her in the slings as she is transported to her new location. Ship’s carpentry work on the Evelyn S is being done by apprentices from the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville, Michigan. The project is funded by local in-kind contributions and a grant to the City of South Haven from the Coastal Zone Management Program, Office of the Great Lakes, Department of Environmental Quality, State of Michigan.