HABS/HAER/HALS Seeks Architects

Two positions have been announced–one for a general project architect and one for a dedicated maritime architect. This position is located in the Heritage Documentation Programs division that includes the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), and the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) of the National Park Service in Washington,D.C. 

The full announcement and can be found at:


Deadline for applications is September 13.

Submitted by Todd Croteau, September 6, 2016

Member Update – ASME Names USS Monitor’s Worthington Pumps an Engineering Landmark

Newport News, VA – The USS Monitor’s Worthington Direct-Acting Simplex Pumps were designated a Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in a August 26, 2016, ceremony at The Mariners’ Museum.

#Port Worthington pump during Conservation

Port Worthington pump during conservation. Photo courtesy of The Mariners’ Museum

“Landmark status for the Worthington simplex pumps recognizes the contribution of the steam pumps to industrial history and to the progress of mechanical engineering,” said K. Keith Roe, current president of ASME.  “The Worthington steam pumps join a roster of more than 250 other ASME engineering landmarks throughout the world.  Each represents a progressive step in the evolution of our profession, while exemplifying the innovation and vision embodied in engineers everywhere.”

Howard H. Hoege III, interim president and CEO of The Mariners’ Museum, said, “We are  distinctly honored to be awarded the ASME Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark designation for the USS Monitor’s Worthington Pumps. This award is a symbol of the Museum’s role in preserving and presenting unique marine engineering inventions such as the Worthington Pumps, allowing us to inspire future generations to create new designs, technologies, and machines which will shape our world’s future.”

The simplex pumps from the iconic ironclad Monitor were designed by 19th-century engineering pioneer Henry R. Worthington, one of ASME’s co-founders. Worthington, a longtime associate of the Monitor’s designer John Ericsson, sold the pumps, built at Worthington & Baker Works in Greenpoint, New York, on January 10, 1862, for $582.22. They were installed on the Monitor to handle water for boiler, bilge, and fire-fighting needs.

Dr. Reginald I. Vachon, past president of ASME, said, “The Worthington steam pumps stood apart for their efficiency and reliability. Their compact size and lightweight design were vital features in marine applications, and the pumps also served as the basis for a variety of other industrial applications.”


Photo courtesy of The Mariners’ Museum

Vachon presented a bronze plaque to John V. Quarstein, director of the Monitor Center, and Dr. Paul Ticco, regional coordinator of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, at the August 25 ceremony. Guests were given behind-the-scenes laboratory tours led by Monitor Center conservators.

Recovered from the Monitor’s wreck site off Cape Hatteras, NC, in 2001 by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and U.S. Navy divers, the pumps are believed to be the oldest surviving examples of Worthington’s simplex design. Undergoing conservation at the USS Monitor Center’s Batten Conservation Complex at The Mariners’ Museum and Park, the pumps will go on display at the Museum when conservation is complete.

The Monitor Center has crafted the only fully operational replica of one of the ship’s pumps. Will Hoffman, senior conservator/conservation project manager at the Monitor Center, gave a presentation about the making of the replica and a demonstration. Supporters of the Replica Project were recognized including Curtiss-Wright, Master Machine and Tool, and Hampton Rubber Company. Plans are to take the replica on a road tour that follows the Monitor Historic Trail from New York to North Carolina. When not on the road, the replica will be used for “STEAM” educational programming at the Museum.

The August 25 designation ceremony was sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers-Eastern Virginia Section and Curtiss-Wright.

Submitted by Jenna Dill, Marketing & Communications Manager, The Mariners’ Museum, August 25, 2016

ICMM Newsletter

Have you seen the latest ICMM Newsletter?  The 3rd quarter issue for 2016 contains articles from around the globe . . .

“Asia is well represented by China, Hong Kong and Korea; South America, specifically Chile, has a story about a 19th century naval battle, as well as more news about the 2017 ICMM Congress in Valparaiso; Germany flies the flag for Europe and, of course, the President’s message is from the USA as is another naval story; and from the Pacific, Australia tells a grim story.”

As most of you are aware the next International Congress of Maritime Museums will take place 15-20 October, 2017The 18th Congress will be hosted by the National Maritime Museum, Valparaiso, Chile. More information is available on the ICMM website. The deadline for the Call for Papers is November 17, 2016.

Submitted by Steve White, ICMM President, August 17, 2016.

CAMM Seeks New Administrator

CAMM is seeking a new administrator. This is a part-time, contract position.

The job objectives include:

1) To facilitate and enhance the performance of CAMM’s board by providing continuity; facilitating communications between Board members and the general membership; and implementing the initiatives of the board and officers.

2) To increase CAMM’s level of service to its members through improved and centralized communications between and among the members and the governing board, facilitating the sharing information and expertise among the membership and opportunities for them to network with their colleagues.

3) To help grow CAMM’s membership through outreach, recruitment and improved levels of service.

For full job description see CAMM Administrator Job Description 2016. Anyone wishing to be considered for this position, should email a resume and cover letter to Greg Gorga, CAMM President, at ggorga@sbmm.org.

Submitted by Greg Gorga, August 17, 2016

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Offers New Traveling Exhibition

de Gast photo

Robert de Gast photograph courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

A traveling exhibition, titled “Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake,” featuring the striking work of photojournalist Robert de Gast is offered by Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM). De Gast’s work—evocative, stark, and infused with a keenly abstract sensibility— ranges widely in subject and treatment. Whether his vibrant perspective on the places and culture of oystermen’s work, the sense of solitude that he sought in his solo voyages, or the abstract shapes and details of remote lighthouses, De Gast’s images are complex and informed by the modernist aesthetic. As he said to his photography students, “if you’re unhappy with the picture, you’re not close enough.”

De Gast’s black-and-white photography gained widespread attention with the publication of his 1970 book The Oystermen of the Chesapeake, a work that, according to Smithsonian curator Paula Johnson “builds a more nuanced, more atmospheric portrait. It is not a romanticized look at the work.” De Gast’s black-and-white photographic work, encompassing more than 10,000 images, is a key collection of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

For more information about this exhibit, download the full announcement at de Gast Traveling Exhibition Summary

Submitted by Pete Lesher, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, August 10, 2016

Sea Sleds Available to CAMM Members

Before making these craft available to the general public, Mystic Seaport would like to offer CAMM members the chance to acquire two Hickman Model 13 Sea Sleds that are surplus to the needs of the museum. Both boats are offered free of charge to a bona fide 501(c)(3) historical organization. The new owner will, however, be responsible for all costs associated with moving the boats.

For photos and more information see CAMM Notice Model 13 Sea Sleds

Submitted by Kurt Voss, August 10, 2016

Member Update – San Francisco Maritime

Explore New Ways to Experience San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s Vessels
Free (With Regular Admission) Programs Focus on Senses Other Than Sight

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The National Historic Landmark ships at Hyde Street Pier are a feast for the eyes, but there is more to them than what we can see. San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is piloting a new program aimed at engaging visitors with visual impairments (but open to all groups) to experience the vessels in a new way – through smell, sound, touch, and feel. The new sensory tours are free with regular park admission, but must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

On these descriptive narrative tours, rangers guide visitors through a sensory experience on board the 1886 tall sailing ship Balclutha. The public are taken back to a time when sailors risked it all (bringing cargo from San Francisco around the treacherous Cape Horn to Europe) for meager pay. Visitors will feel the large, rough, twisted ropes in their hands as they haul away on the lines, smell greasy meat cooking in the galley, and hear Captain Alfred Durkee speaking (from his journals).

The 60-90 minute tours are geared toward small groups (around 10 people). At the close of each program, visitors will be invited to engage in self-guided tours of the other historic vessels.

To request a sensory tour, please contact Alice Watts at awatts@maritime.org. Although they are free with the park’s regular $10 admission, the tours need to be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

The park offers assisted listening services on request. Sign Language interpreter services need to be requested at least five days in advance. Please contact the Accessibility Coordinator/Chief of Interpretation by telephone (415-859-6797) or email (safr_accessibility@nps.gov) for more information.

San Francisco Maritime NHP, located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, Visitor Center, Maritime Museum, Maritime Research Center, and Aquatic Park Historic District. For more information, please call 415-447-5000 or visit http://www.nps.gov.safr. Follow us on Twitter @SFMaritimeNPS and Instagram sfmaritimenps and join us on FB @SanFranciscoMaritimeNHP.

Submitted by Lynn Cullivan, San Francisco Maritime NHP, August 5, 2016