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Registration begins this evening (5:00-6:00pm) for the CAMM Annual Conference with sessions starting tomorrow morning at 8:45am.  You can access the CAMM 2017 Program here.  Registration tonight is at the Park’s Visitors’ Center at the Argonaut Hotel. All tomorrow’s sessions are in the Argonaut Hotel in Golden Gate C Room (495 Jefferson Street, San Francisco, CA).

Registration Bags are ready to go for the 2017 CAMM Conference

Thank you San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association for hosting the meeting this year.

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Mystic Seaport Announces New Vice President for Watercraft Preservation and Programs

Mystic Seaport announces Christopher Gasiorek has been named Vice President for Watercraft Preservation and Programs. He succeeds Dana Hewson, who will be retiring at the end of this month after 41 years at the Museum.

A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point, Gasiorek is a professional mariner with more than 25 years of experience in a diversity of maritime positions. He holds an unlimited tonnage master’s license from the U.S. Coast Guard, and he has served on tugs, bulk carriers, research ships, training ships, and racing yachts. He has circumnavigated the world twice.

Christopher Gasiorek

Christopher Gasiorek, new Vice President for Watercraft Preservation and Programs at Mystic Seaport. Photo: Mystic Seaport

Gasiorek was the Director of Watercraft Operations and Training at the USMMA from 2007 to 2014, where he oversaw the operation of more than 100 vessels ranging from the 224-foot Kings Pointer to sailing dinghies. He was responsible for maintenance, cadet training, shoreside support, facilities improvements, and the command of cadet-crewed training voyages.

As a maritime educator, Gasiorek has served as classroom and underway instructor for numerous Safety at Sea Seminars, including training for NOAA’s shipboard officers and USCG-approved instruction in Bridge Resource Management, Leadership and Management, and Safety of Life at Sea. He is involved with Tall Ships America and is a past relief captain and mate of South Street Seaport’s 1893 schooner Lettie G. Howard. He currently serves on the board of the USMMA Sailing Foundation, where he has been intimately involved in their yacht donation program.

“Chris Gasiorek brings to the position demonstrated experience and expertise in strategic planning, budget planning for a multi-million dollar waterfront operation, personnel management, and close work with government and civilian stakeholders at all levels,” said Mystic Seaport President Steve White. “We believe his extensive maritime experience, proven leadership, and knowledge of sail education and waterfront management will serve the Museum well in the years ahead.”

Gasiorek is a resident of Mystic, CT. He will assume his duties in early June.

Article courtesy of Mystic Seaport.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Collections Now Listed on CAMM’s Ship Plans Directory

Please check out the new listing of San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s Naval Architectural and Marine Engineering collections  on the CAMM Ship Plans Directory.

This directory is part of the Resources page on the CAMM website featuring resources from CAMM Member institutions.  CAMM members may add or update a collection by downloading the CAMM Ship Plans Survey and returning the completed survey to

View of the reading room in the Maritime Research Center showing researchers, NPS uniformed staff as well as visitors, at tables consulting archives, books, and audio materials, Reference Librarian Gina Bardi at the Reference Desk in the background

Reading Room of the Maritime Research Center at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park .  The Maritime Research Center provides access to the library , archives and museum collections and encourages research in maritime history and humanities.  The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park will be hosting the CAMM Annual Conference April 18-21, 2017. (NPS photo/K. Kvam) 



See you in San Francisco: CAMM Annual Conference registration deadline is April 5, 2017

CAMM Members and Friends –

Please remember to register for this spring’s annual conference by the April 5th deadline.  The conference planning team at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and San Francisco Maritime National Park Association are putting together a fantastic event, including harbor and museum tours that will highlight the maritime landscape of our host city.  This includes an engaging three-day program of presentations and panels, as well as optional excursions to Point Reyes Lighthouse and the museum’s large artifact storage facility at San Leandro (please register in advance for optional trips).

A view of the Golden Gate Bridge and sail and power boats on the water.

Scow schooner Alma with sails set, running with the wind on San Francisco Bay, with the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands in the background. Photo: NPS

Conference Details:  

Dates: Wednesday, April 19 – Friday, April 22, 2017

Hosts: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, San Francisco, California

Lodging: Argonaut Hotel, Fisherman’s Wharf (see below).

Registration: Full 3-day registration is $195 (covers sessions, Friday box lunch, evening reception, and final dinner); the companion rate for the social events is $125. The one-day registration rate will be $110. To register, please complete the 2017 CAMM Conference Registration Form (It is recommended you download and save the form to your computer.  Once completed, follow form instructions for email or hard copy submission and payment).  

Registration Deadline is April 5, 2017.

Note on lodging: the conference hotel – the Argonaut Hotel, 495 Jefferson Street, San Francisco is located on Fisherman’s Wharf within walking distance of all the conference activities. The Argonaut is offering a special rate (the normal government rate) of $267 plus tax. At this late date, you will need to contact the hotel’s Sales Director, Mark at 800-790-1415 or email to arrange the special conference rate.

Add your voice to the conversation to designate two new National Marine Sanctuaries

This is a landmark moment.  

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released draft plans to designate two new sanctuaries at Mallows Bay-Potomac River and Wisconsin-Lake Michigan. The creation of these two sanctuaries would be the first new additions to America’s National Marine Sanctuary System in over 15 years.


The two proposed sites are Mallows Bay-Potomac River and Wisconsin-Lake Michigan. Photo Credit: National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (Top), Wisconsin Historical Society (Bottom)

Thank you to those of you who already made your voice heard. And thank you to those of you who are about to. 
Widespread and enthusiastic support makes these sanctuary designations possible. NOAA is only accepting comments on these plans until March 31st.  We need passionate citizens like you to speak up supporting each of these sanctuaries during this critical time.

How can you help?

  1. Sign our letters of support that we will forward to NOAA telling them to designate these two new sanctuaries.
  2. If you’ve already signed on yourself, forward this message or share it on social media to encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to sign the letter in support of protecting these special places.

Mallows Bay-Potomac River

Mallows Bay-Potomac River in Maryland intertwines our Nation’s maritime and natural history.  An offshoot of the Chesapeake Bay, the site is a gateway to our past, preserving nearly 200 known shipwrecks dating back to the Revolutionary War and includes the remains of the largest assemblage of World War I wooden steamships known as the famed “Ghost Fleet.” Over time, these abandoned ships became the foundation for a rich habitat for bald eagles, herons, and osprey, river otters and beaver, and numerous fish species that make the site a popular spot for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and birdwatching. Learn more about the proposed Mallows Bay-Potomac River sanctuary. Sign the letter to support the Mallows Bay-Potomac River sanctuary.

Wisconsin-Lake Michigan

Wisconsin-Lake Michigan in the Great Lakes will preserve and celebrate nationally significant shipwrecks; help conserve the largest freshwater system in the world; and provide exploration, research, and education partnerships. These shipwrecks and cultural artifacts are important pieces of American history. They serve as popular locations for exploring, diving, fishing, and heritage tourism contributing revenue to the local economy and advance education and partnerships to promote opportunities for the next generation. Learn more about the proposed Wisconsin-Lake Michigan sanctuary. Sign the letter to support the Wisconsin-Lake Michigan sanctuary.

Important Advocacy Request from the American Alliance of Museums

unnamedTrump Budget Proposes Billions in Cuts, Including Elimination of IMLS, NEH and NEA

This morning, the Trump Administration formally proposed eliminating the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in its preliminary budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018. These eliminations are part of a package that the administration projects would cut $54 billion in domestic spending in order to offset an identical increase in defense spending. Although a full budget proposal is not expected from the Administration until May, this document also appears to target museum-related programs at the Department of Education, the Department of State, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“While these proposals from the Trump Administration were rumored for some time, they are no less alarming and disturbing to see released today. The Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and other programs play an essential role in helping museums make the arts and the humanities accessible to all Americans,” said Alliance President and CEO Laura Lott. “It is Congress-not the President-that will ultimately determine funding levels for these vital agencies. After a record-setting presence at Museums Advocacy Day 2017, the Alliance will continue to work with our allies to build on Congress’ tradition of strong bipartisan support for these agencies. We hope you will join our efforts today.”

Congressional Budget Process Kicks Off; Make Your Voice Heard

Over the next few weeks, members of Congress will begin to inform the House and Senate Appropriations Committees-which have jurisdiction over this area of federal spending-which programs they believe should receive funding in Fiscal Year 2018. Those committees will then strongly consider this information as they begin writing funding bills. As part of this process, U.S. Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), and David McKinley (R-WV) as well as U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are circulating letters of support for the IMLS Office of Museum Services.

Ask your members of Congress to sign on in support of the Office of Museum Services

While some legislators in both parties have already expressed skepticism about the budget proposal, this is the first time that a president has ever called for eliminating any of these agencies. Find out how much funding museums in your state get from IMLS, NEH, and NEA with our State Snapshots, and tell your legislators to support NEH and NEA today.

Want to do more to #SpeakUpforMuseums? Use our tools to make the case to Capitol Hill and in your community.


Maritime Documentation Positions Available with the National Park Service

The National Park Service is seeking applications from qualified students and recent graduates for several projects to document historic ships and small craft with measured drawings and historical research papers for inclusion in the HABS/HAER Collections at the Library of Congress.  Projects will be based in San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC.  The projects will take place over the summer.  Two positions may be available for a year.
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Vessel documentation includes producing drawings, such as the above example from the Fantail Launch Ena. Photo NPS

We are looking for skills in vessel documentation including the use of hand/digital measuring techniques and computer aided drafting, especially preparing lines drawings and historical/descriptive research papers dealing with ships and/or small craft.
Please submit drawing samples and/or research papers to Todd Croteau at: