Category Archives: Small Craft

Member Update – Polynesian Voyaging Canoe Hokule’a Sails into Hampton Roads

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Image courtesy of The Mariners’ Museum

The Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule’a (“Star of Gladness” in Hawaiian) is circumnavigating the globe on a voyage whose goals are as impressive as they are important. Hokule’a was built by the Polynesian Voyaging Society in the 1970s, more than 600 years after any other voyaging canoe existed.

Designed and sailed using skills that very nearly went extinct, Hokule’a seeks the wisdom of all indigenous peoples in a search for ideas on dealing with global concerns applied on a global scale. Appealing particularly to students and their communities, Hokule’a brings attention to the message of Mālama Honua – “to care for the Earth” in Hawaiian.

Hokule’a will be welcomed into Hampton Roads waters by a flotilla on Friday, April 22. She will then stay docked in Newport News for the Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 23 at the James River Fishing Pier. The celebration will include tours of Hokule’a, educational activities for families, and chances to meet the crew members. On Sunday, April 24, Hokule’a will sail to Yorktown for a traditional welcoming ceremony with Native American tribes followed by an afternoon celebration and tours of Hokule’a.

Throughout the visit, Hokule’a’s crew will participate in multiple public programs. On Thursday, April 28,  the crew will deliver a special lecture on Traditional Polynesian Wayfinding at the Museum. On Friday, April 29, the Museum will host Exploring the Seas Homeschool Day with the Polynesian Voyaging Society. There will also be special opportunities for Hampton Roads students to visit with the crew in their own classrooms.

Hokule’a will remain at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown until May 8, when the canoe will continue sailing north, eventually visiting Washington, D.C., in time for a possible presidential declaration of National Oceans’ Month.

For more information about Hokule’a’s visit please go http://www.marinersmuseum.org/hokulea-events/. Or, you may contact Anne Marie Millar at (757) 591-7748 or email amillar@marinersmuseum.org.

Submitted by Jenna Dill, The Mariners Museum, April 11, 2016

Member Update –Evelyn S Preservation Completed

After a year and a half of dedicated effort, the Michigan Maritime Museum announces that the preservation of its 1939 wooden fish tug, the Evelyn S, was completed in the fall of 2015 through the good work of apprentices from the Great Lakes Boat Building School (GLBBS) and local contractors.

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Grant funding for the project was awarded to the City of South Haven and the Michigan Maritime Museum (MMM) from the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes, Coastal Zone Management Program, Department of Environmental Quality. Lead financial contributions to match the grant were made by Cottage Home, Inc., owned and operated by MMM board member, Brian Bosgraaf. Preservation efforts included an initial marine survey conducted by Pat Mahon, director and lead instructor of the GLBBS. Rebuilding much of the tug’s deteriorated house was a major part of the preservation process undertaken by GLBBS apprentice Hans Wagner. Painting the entire boat and re exhibiting it in a newly landscaped section of the Museum’s campus finished the project.

To enhance the exhibit, a technology station was added at the base of the Evelyn S with a video that features the history of commercial fishing in South Haven, the process of moving and preserving the tug and some inside footage of its pilot house, Kalenberg engine and net lifter equipment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqIoqrG4u9Q&feature=youtu.be

Submitted by Sandy Norris, Michigan Maritime Museum

CAMM Welcomes Lowell’s Boat Shop as Newest Member

During its October 8, 2015 meeting, the Council of American Maritime Museum (CAMM) Board approved the Lowell’s Boat Shop’s application for membership. They are delighted to welcome this maritime museum and educational facility to the CAMM community.

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CAMM’s newest member is located in Amesbury, Massachusetts. Courtesy of Lowell’s Boat Shop

Located in Amesbury, Massachusetts on the North bank of the Merrimac River, Lowell’s Boat Shop was established in 1793. According to their website it is the “oldest continuously operating boat shop in America and is cited as the birthplace of the legendary fishing dory.  . .  . skilled craftsmen continue to build wooden boats in the Lowell tradition on the property purchased by founder Simeon Lowell in the 1700s. The oldest buildings remaining on the site are combined Greek revival structures that were built in the early 1860s: the downriver shop by Simeon’s grandson, Hiram Lowell, and the adjacent Morrill and Flanders boat shop that was moved to the site by Hiram’s son, Fred E. Lowell.  In the 1940s, Ralph Lowell, the last of the Lowell family to own the business, further expanded the building at each end with the additions of the Office and the Paint Room.”

Designated a National Historic Landmark in in 1990, the Boat Shop has been run as a non-profit working museum since 1994. In January 2007, the Boat Shop was purchased by Lowell’s Maritime Foundation whose mission is “to preserve and perpetuate the art and craft of wooden boat building and promote the history of Lowell’s Boat Shop and its environs.”  Lowell’s continues to build its full line of dories and skiffs for oar, sail or power.  Innovative educational programs and exhibits are offered to the public throughout the year, and rowing is available seasonally.

Museum Small Craft Association Annual Meeting

Museum Small Craft Association Annual Meeting

Monday, October 5 – Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St Michaels, Maryland

The 2015 Museum Small Craft Association Meeting will be held Monday, October 5, and Tuesday, October 6, at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in Saint Michaels, Maryland. Museum small craft professionals and others who share an interest in small boat conservation and restoration, skills preservation, documentation, history, interpretation and research are invited.Presentations and discussions on a variety of small craft and museum related topics will include:

  • Schooner Hebride 2, Roger Marsters, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
  • International Small Craft Renaissance, Lance Lee,  Scholarshipwrights
  • Monomoy Drill Boat, Al Klineberger, Dover Falls Foundation
  • Deaccession Decisions, Craig Bruns and Mark Donohue,  Independence Seaport
  • Strategic Acquisitions, Lyles Forbes, Mariners Museum
  • New Boat Shop, Michael Jones, Pinellas County Living Museum
  • Edna Lockwood Project Planning,  Michael Jones, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
  • Edna Lockwood Documentation, Todd Croteau, National Park Service
  • MSCA 40th anniversary, Past Present and Future of Small Craft, Moderator David Cockey
  • Howard Chapelle (1901-1975) His Legacy Today, Pete Lesher, CBMM, and others

Other activities will include a Behind the Scenes Tour of the museum’s working boat yard and the curatorial areas, and a field trip to a local boatbuilder and the museum’s offsite boat storage area. Participants will be able to report on their institutions and organizations during Museum Reports. Monday evening will feature a cruise on the Miles River aboard the museum’s buyboat, Winnie Estelle, followed by dinner at the nearby Town Dock restaurant. Lunches will be provided on both days. There will also be time for informal discussions and to tour the museum

Registration

The registration fee is $85 and includes lunch both days, the Monday evening cruise on the Winnie Estelle, and dinner Monday at the Town Dock restaurant. Guests of meeting participants will be accommodated on the cruise on a space available basis, and may join the dinner Monday evening for $35. To register send the attached form with check made out to “Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum” to: CBMM, 213 North Talbot St, St Michaels, MD 21663  attn: Richard Scofield. For payment by credit card call Patti Miller, CBMM accountant, at 410-745-4954. Please register by September 25 if possible.

MSCA 2015 Registration Form

Accommodations

The museum has reserved a block of rooms for MSCA meeting participants from Sunday night through Tuesday night at the St Michaels Inn (formerly Best Western St Michaels) which is 2 miles from the museum. Rate is $89.99 / night. Phone number is 410-745-3333. Ask for a room in the Museum Small Craft Association block.  St Michaels also has several other inns and bed & breakfast establishments, and accommodations are also available in Easton, approximately 12 miles from the museum. Camping on the museum grounds will not be available during the MSCA Meeting.

Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival

The MSCA meeting is preceded by the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival which will be held from the afternoon of Friday, October 2 through mid-day on Sunday, October 4. Registration for MASCF is separate from MSCA Meeting registration, and MASCF participants may camp on the museum grounds for MASCF only. More information about MASCF and a link to online MASCF registration is available at http://cbmm.org/events/annual-festivals-and-special-events/mid-atlantic-small-craft-festival-and-maritime-model-expo/mascf-participant-information/

For more information about the meeting and the Museum Small Craft Association visit www.museumsmallcraft.org or contact David Cockey davidcockey@gmail.com

For more information about the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum visit http://www.cbmm.org

Submitted by David Cockey, Museum Small Craft Association, August 25, 2015

Museum Small Craft Association Annual Meeting

mscaThe 2015 Museum Small Craft Association annual meeting will be held Monday, October 5 and Tuesday, October 6 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in Saint Michaels, Maryland. Museum small craft professionals and others who share an interest in small boat conservation and restoration, skills preservation, documentation, history, interpretation and research are invited to meet, learn about recent developments, exchange ideas, and talk with their peers. The MSCA meeting follows the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival which will be held on Friday, October 2 through Sunday, October 4.

The meeting program will include presentations and discussions on a variety of small craft and museum related topics, opportunities for informal discussions, a dinner on Monday evening, and a visit to a local boatbuilder.  Please let Richard Scofield rscofield@cbmm.org know if there is a topic you are interested in, or if you’d like to make a presentation or lead a discussion.

The museum has reserved a block of rooms for Sunday night through Tuesday night at the St Michaels Inn (formerly Best Western St Michaels) which is 2 miles from the museum. Rate is $89.99 / night. Phone number is 410-745-3333. Ask for a room in the Museum Small Craft Association block.  St Michaels also has several other inns and bed & breakfast establishments, and accommodations are also available in Easton, approximately 12 miles from the museum. Camping on the museum grounds will not be available during the MSCA Meeting.

The MSCA meeting follows the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival which will be held from the evening of Friday evening, October 2 through mid-day on Sunday, October 4. MASCF participants bring a wide variety of traditional boats. Activities include workshops, demonstrations, a sailing race which typically includes boats from small dinghies to a log canoe, row and paddling races for both adults and children, and model boat building for children with an opportunity to sail the models in a small pond in addition to general messing about in the boats. Registration for MASCF is separate from MSCA Meeting registration, and MASCF participants may camp on the museum grounds for MASCF only.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is located on 18 waterfront acres and occupies 35 buildings, 12 of which house exhibits open to the public.. The Museum offers exhibits, demonstrations, boat rides on the Miles River, and annual festivals that celebrate Chesapeake Bay culture, boats, seafood, and history. The Museum’s fleet of historic Chesapeake Bay watercraft is the largest in existence with 11 vessels on floating display at the Museum’s docks, and its small boat collection includes crabbing skiffs, workboats, and log canoes. The fleet is maintained in the public’s eye by master shipwrights and their apprentices.

For more information about the meeting and the Museum Small Craft Association visit www.museumsmallcraft.org or contact David Cockey davidcockey@gmail.com

For more information about the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum visit http://www.cbmm.org

Submitted by David Cockey, July 13, 2015; updated July 20, 2015

Kenyan dhow sails into the International Small Craft Center

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Photo courtesy of The Mariners’ Museum.

Newport News, VA – The Mariners’ Museum & Park is pleased to announce the newest addition to its International Small Craft Center–Lamu, a sailing dhow from Kenya, is fully rigged and on display. There are now 42 countries represented in the center.

This newly donated boat is a jahazi–a type of dhow built in Lamu, Kenya. This dhow was an ocean-going trader sailed by a crew of 10 to 12. It operated along the East African coast from Mogadishu, Somalia to Tanzanian ports and as far east as Mumbai, India. Lamu was built by Ali Abdalla Skanda’s father in 2004. Ali’s family includes craftsmen and merchants whose trade reached as far as Egypt and Arabia. He carries on the traditional art of building and sailing dhows that he learned from his father.

This boat, built and used around the island of Lamu, was recently brought to the United States as part of the annual Folklife Festival, organized by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife, on the Mall in Washington DC.

“Having a true dhow in our collection is vitally important to the overall story that The Mariners’ Museum is uniquely equipped to tell: mankind’s relationship with the sea” said chief curator Lyles Forbes. “We have models and images of dhows in the collection, but there’s nothing like an authentic, full-size boat to truly highlight important stories of early travel on the sea.”

The International Small Craft Center is a 17,500 square foot facility houses a collection that features nearly 150 boats from 42 countries. The boats are from diverse cultures and waterways and are arranged around the Center in eleven thematic areas. The Center also takes visitors on a journey beyond the boat and helps them discover the individuals who used the small craft.

The Mariners’ Museum, an educational, non-profit institution accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, preserves and interprets maritime history through an international collection of ship models, figureheads, paintings and other maritime artifacts. For hours and information, visit www.MarinersMuseum.org, call (757) 596-2222 or write to The Mariners’ Museum, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606.