Ocean Institute raises $70,000 to match state grant for tall ship Spirit of Dana Point engine replacement

Dana Point, CA: The classic tall ship Spirit of Dana Point is an iconic figure along the Southern California coast. For generations of children the ship has served as an unforgettable educational experience in ocean-related science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) disciplines, California maritime history lessons, and team-building skills. Now Spirit, as the ship is fondly referred to by its dedicated volunteers and crew, will receive a new engine as a result of a recent fundraising campaign that has now surpassed its goal.

Spirit of Dana Point photo credit Cliff Wassman

Last June Ocean Institute received notification that it was a successful applicant for a highly competitive grant from the California Cultural and Historical Endowment. The grant for $68,745 was exactly half of the cost to replace the ship’s tired engine. A fundraising drive was immediately launched to raise the necessary matching funds for the ship to enter the shipyard, complete the work, and return to service as an ocean classroom.

“We are so thankful and humbled by the donors who stepped forward with surprisingly generous contributions to make this happen without delay. We received calls from people committing $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000 gifts, and we quickly realized how much Spirit means to so many people,” declared Dan Pingaro, chief executive officer of Ocean Institute.

Donors include Tom and Grace Lieblein who said, “We truly believe in the mission of the Ocean Institute, and have a passion for the tall ships and their critical role in the institute. Spirit’s new engine will ensure that it continues supporting Ocean Institute education programs.”

Spirit will head to Marine Group Boat Works on San Diego Bay, CA in late October where a new, low emissions John Deere 265 horsepower Tier 3 marine diesel engine will be installed. Herb Engel, CEO of Marine Group Boat Works stated, “We take pride in our commitment for supporting green initiatives that allow both industry and communities to stay on the forefront of conservation. Working with Ocean Institute to repower its tall ship to achieve their conservation and education goals is something that our employees will be proud to accomplish. This is a very special ship.”

Spirit of Dana Point is a traditionally-built replica of a 1770’s privateer schooner used during the American Revolution. Embodying the expert craftsmanship of historian and shipwright Dennis Holland, the ship was built in Orange County and launched in 1983. Formerly Pilgrim of Newport, this 118-foot schooner has proven to be an excellent teaching platform. The ship is a rare example of a once robust fleet of California tall ships representing the state’s maritime, economic and cultural heritage. Each year more than 5,600 students embark on Spirit for educational voyages, including underserved children who do not have access to the ocean.

About Ocean Institute
Ocean Institute is a highly respected ocean science, maritime history and experiential education nonprofit located in Dana Point Harbor. This modern waterfront campus is adjacent to a federally-protected Marine Life Conservation Area, and encompasses 33,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits, science labs and a live collection of 1,100 specimens of local marine life within 92 aquariums. Central to its unique identity throughout California and essential to its experiential mission, Ocean Institute operates two impressive tall ships. Spirit of Dana Point is a 118-foot schooner, and Pilgrim is a 130-foot square rigged brig built in 1945 in Denmark. Pilgrim is a replica of the ship made famous by Richard Henry Dana Jr. in his epic memoir “Two Years Before the Mast”, that chronicled his 1830’s journey along the California coast. Ocean Institute also operates the 70-foot research vessel R/V Sea Explorer.

Over forty years, Ocean Institute has impacted the lives of two million California students with this mission statement: “using the ocean as our classroom, we inspire children to learn.” Ocean Institute has mastered a continuum of structured academic programs for students from elementary through high school, and inspires over 100,000 students and the general public each year to learn with a hands-on approach to ocean-related science, research and conservation. Ocean Institute’s program inventory is based on STEM principles aligned with California education standards. To learn more or become a member, visit www.oceaninstitute.org.

For questions, please contact: Dan Goldbacher, Director, Ocean Institute Maritime Programs, dgoldbacher@oceaninstitute.org  949.496.2274 x 615

A Celebration of the Life of J. Candace Clifford, Lighthouse Historian

CAMM Members and Friends, there is a Celebration of J. Candace Clifford’s life in Echo Park, Maryland, on Sunday, October 21st. Point Reyes CA Mike Warren JCC Bill Anderson 2017 photo by Greg Gorga copy

Our dear family member, friend and colleague, J. Candace Clifford, passed away from glioblastoma on August 15, 2018.

Candace was a wonderful daughter, sister, aunt, friend, dancer, artist, and lighthouse historian. She was an enthusiastic traveler and talented photographer. Her photos were shown at galleries and recognized with several awards. We will miss Candace greatly and cherish her memory.

All are welcome to join a celebration of her life through tributes and dancing at the Bumper Car Pavilion, Glen Echo Park, on Sunday, October 21st, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Please bring a dish and/or a non-alcoholic drink to share at the potluck reception to follow the memorial. Utensils and napkins will be provided.

Candace was a valued member of the Waltz Time committee, volunteering her time and talents in presenting the twice-monthly dances. After our dance dedicated to her memory, some of you may wish to stay and dance with Candace’s friends at the waltz in the Spanish Ballroom beginning at 3:30 p.m. Glen Echo Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD 20812.

Submitted by: Linda Keenan

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Seeking Shipwrights

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM), located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, is dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment and culture of the Chesapeake Bay region, and making this resource available to all.

The Shipyard is a working exhibit of Chesapeake Bay wooden boat building and restoration, open to the public seven days a week and staffed by CBMM employees and volunteers. The Shipyard restores builds and maintains traditional wooden vessels while allowing full public access to the process.

CBMM is looking to fill positions for full-time, year-round shipwrights.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in traditional wooden boat construction and/or restoration
  • Experience managing boat build or renovation projects with a crew
  • Formal boat building education
  • Teaching or education experience preferred

Shipwright apprentices at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MarylandHourly pay commensurate with experience
(Equivalent annual total ranging from the high $40’s to low $50’s)

Visit our website at www.cbmm.org or email hr@cbmm.org for more information.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Seeking Executive Director

Do you love Lake Champlain and its historical lore? Are you an experienced leader and mentor with knowledge of the nonprofit world? Then we have the job for you! The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is looking for an enthusiastic, environmentally aware, history curious, education minded, people person to become our Executive Director.
Job Opening – Executive Director

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) is a unique blend of museum and education provider with programs that range from classroom instructionhands-on learning opportunities including a semester long boat-building program, and professional development courses for educators. Our summer camps (Lake Adventure Camps) are a popular staple during the summer. And the core of our museum, what gave it life and underpins the entire organization, is our nautical archaeology program. In a word, shipwrecks. Lots of them and we’ve only just scratched the surface. In fact, two shipwrecks, the General Butler and O.J. Walker, gave birth to our replica sailing canal schooner Lois McClure!

How to Apply

So if you’re up for a challenge, would like to work at one of the best jobs in Vermont with a hard-working and dedicated mix of staff and volunteers, please send a cover letter and resume to edhire@lcmm.org for consideration. You’ll be glad you did.

Download the job description (PDF) here.

About the Museum

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum opened its doors as a non-profit museum in 1986. Beginning in an original historic stone schoolhouse, its waterfront campus has grown to over a dozen buildings serving upwards of 3,500 students each year through nautical exploration, pedagogy and experiential learning adventures. We inspire students to ‘Learn from the Lake’ and make valuable connections between the discoveries made through underwater research and historical exploration and the future of their communities and the world around them.

LCMM is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Mystic Seaport Museum Seeking to Fill Two Assistant Curator Positions

Mystic Seaport Museum is currently looking to fill two Assistant Curator Positions:

In summer 2018 the Henry Luce Foundation awarded Mystic Seaport Museum a major grant to fund three new exhibitions from its permanent collections. As the preeminent US maritime museum, Mystic Seaport Museum stewards significant collections across all media in its mission to inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience. The three Luce exhibitions seek new perspectives, scholarship, and public access to objects long hidden from view, and typically overlooked within the field of American Art. As part of the grant, two assistant curator positions will be created, each to oversee the development of one exhibition (the third exhibition will be guest-curated).

Luce Project Assistant Curator I is a full-time position for an eighteen-month term beginning in fall 2018.

Purpose of Position:
The Luce Project Assistant Curator I will lead the research and development of an exhibition with the working title of “Sailor-Creators and the Sea as Studio.” The Luce Project Assistant Curator will work directly with museum staff to develop a solid foundation in the history of sailor art. The Luce Project Assistant Curator is expected to bring their own perspective and ideas to the table to expand the museum’s interpretive approach to its collections.

Essential Functions:
· Develop content and plans for the exhibition “Sailor-Creators and the Sea as Studio.”
· Assist in creating a compelling presentation of the subject matter to diverse audiences.
· Engage with established scholars and professionals in the arts and humanities to curate the collection.
· Assist with the creative organization of the collection; recommend acquisitions for the collection.
· Work with Museum Staff to ensure the proper care, access and conservation of the collection.
· Promote knowledge of the collection through writing, teaching, and public speaking.
· Foster and maintain good working relationships with sponsors, colleagues from other institutions, with the scholarly community, dealers, collectors, and other individuals involved with the interests of the Museum.
· Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:
· Advanced degree in a discipline relating to American art, history, or visual and material culture, and two years of curatorial experience or an equivalent education and experience.
· Knowledge of maritime history is an asset but is not required.
· Broad understanding of professional museum practices.
· Desire and ability to build relationships and work effectively and collaboratively across departments.
· Excellent written communication skills across multiple platforms.
· Effective project management skills.
· Proven ability to influence cross-functional teams.
· Collaborative team player who enjoys working closely with other departments to create tightly integrated strategies.
· Keen analytical and critical thinking skills.
· Ability to balance competing priorities.
FULL-TIME/PART-TIME Full-Time

Luce Project Assistant Curator II is a full-time position for an eighteen-month term beginning in early 2019.

Purpose of Position:
The Luce Project Assistant Curator will lead the research and development of an exhibition with the working title of “Immigrant Craftsmen and the Sea as Muse.” The Luce Project Assistant Curator will work directly with museum staff to develop a solid foundation in the history of sailor art. The Luce Project Assistant Curator is expected to bring their own perspective and ideas to the table to expand the museum’s interpretive approach to its collections.

Essential Functions:
· Develop content and plans for the exhibition “Immigrant Craftsmen and the Sea as Muse.”
· Assist in creating a compelling presentation of the subject matter to diverse audiences.
· Engage with established scholars and professionals in the arts and humanities to curate the collection.
· Assist with the creative organization of the collection; recommend acquisitions for the collection.
· Work with Museum Staff to ensure the proper care, access and conservation of the collection.
· Promote knowledge of the collection through writing, teaching, and public speaking.
· Foster and maintain good working relationships with sponsors, colleagues from other institutions, with the scholarly community, dealers, collectors, and other individuals involved with the interests of the Museum.
· Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:
· Advanced degree in a discipline relating to American art, history, or visual and material culture, and two years of curatorial experience or an equivalent education and experience.
· Knowledge of maritime history is an asset but is not required.
· Broad understanding of professional museum practices.
· Desire and ability to build relationships and work effectively and collaboratively across departments.
· Excellent written communication skills across multiple platforms.
· Effective project management skills.
· Proven ability to influence cross-functional teams.
· Collaborative team player who enjoys working closely with other departments to create tightly integrated strategies.
· Keen analytical and critical thinking skills.

FULL-TIME/PART-TIME Full-Time
EOE STATEMENT Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and state and federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. In addition, state and federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, Veteran’s status, age (40 years and over), physical or mental disability, religious affiliation or other protected status. It is our policy to comply fully with these laws and information requested on this application will not be used for any purpose prohibited by law.

The Maritime Community Has Lost a Great Friend with the Passing of J. Candace Clifford

CAMM and its member institutions have lost a great friend, former administrator, diligent researcher, author and historian with the passing of J. Candace Clifford.

Point Reyes CA Mike Warren JCC Bill Anderson 2017 photo by Greg Gorga copy

Candace flanked by Mike Warren and Bill Anderson at Point Reyes Lighthouse in 2017. (photo Greg Gorga)

Known to her friends as Candy, Clifford joined the staff of the National Park Service’s National Maritime Initiative in 1988, and among other accomplishments, compiled an Inventory of Historic Light Stations, released in 1994. Her work for the Park Service inspired further research, and she collaborated with her mother, Mary Louise Clifford in the publication of Women Who Kept the Lights: An Illustrated History of Female Light Keepers, which she published under her own imprint, Cypress Communications, in 1993. The two went on to write and publish six more books, most of them on lighthouse history. Prior to her book collaborations with her mother, Clifford co-authored Great American Ships with James P. Delgado.

She served as the part-time administrator of the Council of American Maritime Museums, coordinating communications for the maritime field and capably executing logistics for CAMM’s annual conference. She stepped down from the position with CAMM in 2016 to take the role of Historian for the U.S. Lighthouse Society.

In addition to her books, Clifford shared her prodigious research online on her blog at uslhs.org/news and her website, LighthouseHistory.info, which, among other treasures, includes finding aids she developed for lighthouse and lifesaving service records in the National Archives.

The maritime preservation community is richer for Candace Clifford’s meticulous work, and her loss will be deeply felt across the field.

Door County Maritime Museum Seeks Executive Director

Executive DirectorDoor County Maritime Museum

Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM)

The DCMM, founded in 1969, is a well-known Door County Wisconsin destination with museum sites in Sturgeon Bay, Cana Island, and Gills Rock. An overview of responsibilities and requirements include but are not limited to:

Management of Staff and Oversight of All Museum Locations

  • Provide leadership to a staff of thirty full and part-time employees
  • Train and coach employees to support and preserve the culture, values and ethics of the organization.
  • Manage day-to-day functioning of the employee group working toward the achievement of goals and objectives of the museum. Maintain accountability toward that end.
  • Oversee the curation of exhibits, events and operations on a day-to-day basis.
  • Oversee the maintenance and functioning of all museum sites.

Board of Directors Initiatives, Plans and Programs

  • Provide input to the short and long-range goals of the museum.
  • Regularly meet with members and committees of the Board to report on progress toward meeting goals and objectives. Participate in annual, regularly-scheduled and other meetings as needed.
  • Apprise them of need-to-know information and circumstances as it pertains to the management of staff and resources of the museum.
  • Operationalize projects, decisions and plans made at the Board level.
  • Manage the financial resources of the museum including contributing to the development of the annual budget and being accountable for adhering to the budget.

Serve as Community Liaison for the Museum

  • Meet with donors and community members for the purpose of maintaining exemplary relationships in the Door County community.
  • Attend meetings, community and museum-sponsored events.
  • Serve as the staff face of the museum to promote DCMM programs, initiatives and events.

Required Experience and Education

  1. An advanced degree or equivalent work experience in business management, non-profit management, museum studies and/or historic preservation.
  2. Proven track record in human resource management, meeting strategic goals and objectives and program management.
  3. Knowledge of maritime history, the maritime transportation systems/industry and the military sea service would be a plus.

Required Skills – Abbreviated List of High Priority Competencies

  1. Success and experience in effectively leading and working as part of a team.
  2. Good verbal, written, networking and interpersonal communication skills. Skill as a professional communicator for community and leadership purposes.
  3. Exemplary organizing and planning skills
  4. Sound analytical, thinking and problem solving skills including those pertaining to financial management.
  5. Must have a valid driver’s license

Apply by August 24, 2018 with resume and cover letter to Crowley & Lautenbach, PO Box 112, Green Bay, WI 54305-0112 or email to emcrowley@crowleylautenbach.com

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