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

U.S. Lighthouse Society In Search of New Home for Library

Current Situation: The United States Lighthouse Society (USLHS) Library, officially named the “Unites States Lighthouse Society Wayne Wheeler Library,” currently occupies about 200 linear feet of shelf space. (At this time the Society is only interested in transferring its books, but would also consider including its photo and document collection if circumstances warrant.) We anticipate two more significant book collections to be added to the current library, resulting in about 400 total linear feet.  Our current facility in Hansville, Washington, will not allow us to accommodate this expanded library.  Furthermore, the remote location of Hansville does not make the library readily available to potential users.

USLHS is therefore conducting a nation-wide search to find a suitable home for the library.

Preferred Library Considerations:

  1. Climate control, fire and intrusion detection systems.
  2. Professionally trained staff.
  3. Non-lending research library.
  4. Accessible location with parking and good public transportation.
  5. Maritime and/or technical focused collections.
  6. Open to the public on a regular basis (can be by appointment)

Conditions of Library Transfer:

  1. USLHS library will be a long-term transfer, but ownership of the library will remain with USLHS. Length of term of transfer is negotiable.
  2. Other than the two collection additions mentioned above, occasional small additions to the library will be permitted to the collection.
  3. Any duplicates between the hosting library and the USLHS collection must remain in USLHS collection.
  4. USLHS library will be so identified and kept together in one contiguous section of the hosting library.
  5. An annual hosting fee, if necessary, is negotiable.
  6. USLHS will pay for all costs related to the move of library to the hosting library.
  7. USLHS staff will be available to help with answering lighthouse-related research requests.

Who we are:

The United States Lighthouse Society is a nonprofit historical and educational organization dedicated to saving and sharing the rich maritime legacy of American lighthouses and supporting lighthouse preservation throughout the nation.

The USLHS Wayne Wheeler Library includes many 19th century publications, including Annual Reports of the U.S. Light-House Board, Light Lists, and technical publications related to optics and fog signals. Secondary sources include guidebooks, popular and scholarly work, and some periodicals. An inventory of the collection is available upon request. Any duplicates will be removed and disposed of before transmission. Although the collection deals primarily with the United States, books on international lighthouses are also included.

USLHS is in the process of creating a large digital archive for lighthouse research. Most of it is derived from primary sources. The archive will be made available online through the Society’s website <>. This archive, along with the physical library, will bring together vast resources for research on lighthouses, which in turn will produce more books and articles that would be available in one central location.

For more information or expressions of interest, please email Candace Clifford at


RPM Foundation Restoration Grant Opportunity

Please take a look at this grant announcement for automotive and BOAT restoration.

Who we are:

The Restoration Preservation Membership (RPM) Foundation provides the pathway to careers for the next generation of automotive and marine restoration and preservation craftsmen and artisans through formal training and mentorship.

What we do:

We promote interest in collectible cars and boats by developing the next generation of enthusiasts, restorers and craftsmen. By providing funding through scholarships and grants to organizations that have a proven history of being committed to the ‘hands-on’ training of young people, we are securing the future of the automotive and marine restoration and preservation industries.

What RPM is looking for:

We are concerned about the future and the fact that fewer young people are learning the trades and skills that will help preserve our heritage. To that end, we help organizations who are dedicated to instructing and training young people, primarily 18-25 year olds, to restore and preserve vintage cars and boats, as well as providing them with a pathway to careers.

Typical Grant Awards & Expectations:

An average first-time grant award is about $10,000. Grant awardees are required to submit progress reports including posting photos with captions, as well as videos on a private, secured KoolProjects website throughout the term of the grant. Applicants should also provide information about other funding sources should RPM only award a portion of the applicant amount requested.

To some degree, we have supported relevant museums by underwriting the cost of student tours and internships, and even helped organizations purchase restoration tools and equipment, but you have a better chance of receiving an RPM Foundation grant if you have a hands-on training program that provides a pathway to careers for students 18-25 years old. Our highest priorities today are student scholarships, internships and apprenticeships. We never fund salaries. Please note that we rarely support institutional infrastructure or equipment needs, or start-up programs. Established programs with a track record really get our attention.

Click here for a link to the full application.

2017-18 Application Dates:

Deadlines Announcement Dates
March 24, 2017 May 5, 2017
August 25, 2017 October 12, 2017
December 8, 2017 January 26, 2018

RPM Foundation Website