The National Maritime Awards Dinner Honors Three Renowned Individuals and Organizations at the Mayflower Hotel on April 4, 2017

The National Maritime Historical Society (NMHS), in association with the Naval Historical Foundation (NHF), will host the National Maritime Awards Dinner on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at the elegant, historic and iconic Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.  Three prestigious individuals and organizations will be honored with Distinguished Service Awards for their significant contribution to America’s maritime heritage. 

This gala event will bring together those who love and serve the sea—including leaders of the military sea services, merchant marine and maritime industry; maritime authors and artists; oceanographers, sea explorers and scientists; competitive yachtsmen; philanthropists and government officials who have supported America’s maritime heritage; industrial and pleasure boat designers and builders; cruise lines operators; maritime educators; and maritime educational institutions and museums.

Funds raised support the education initiatives of both organizations.

The National Maritime Historical Society will present its Distinguished Service Award to Conservation  International, an American non-profit environmental organization, and its chairman and founder Peter A. Seligmann, on the occasion of CI’s 30th anniversary. Conservation International has had a tremendous impact on the health of the world’s oceans and shorelines. The organization spearheads the Ocean Health Index and the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, comprising 60+ international organizations. The NMHS Distinguished Service Award will be presented by three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman.

The NMHS Distinguished Service Award will also be given to the National Geographic Society for its extraordinary achievements in chronicling mankind’s relationship with the water and educating tens of millions of readers and viewers about global maritime heritage. It has introduced generation after generation to maritime cultures around the globe and how they have contributed to our civilization. National Geographic magazine is currently published in 40 local-language editions around the world. Combined English and other language circulation is around 6.8 million monthly. Gary Knell, president and CEO of the National Geographic Society, will accept the award, which will be presented by internationally-recognized underwater explorer Dr. Robert Ballard, discoverer of the wreck of the Titanic.

The Naval Historical Foundation will present its Distinguished Service Award to Dr. J. Phillip London, executive chairman and chairman of the board of CACI International Inc. A graduate of the US Naval Academy, Dr. London served twelve years of active duty in the US Navy as a naval aviator, which included involvement in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. He retired as a Navy Reserve Captain in 1983. Dr. London serves on the board of directors of NHF, the US Navy Memorial Foundation, the Friends of the National World War II Memorial and CAUSE (Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services). He is a strong advocate and long-time supporter of naval heritage. The NHF Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Dr. London by Admiral William J. Fallon, USN (Ret.), NHF’s chairman.

Gary Jobson
, world-class competitive sailor, sailing television commentator and author, president of the National Sailing Hall of Fame, vice president of the International Sailing Federation, past president of US Sailing, and NMHS overseer, will be the Master of Ceremonies. Entertainment will be provided by the United States Coast Guard Academy Cadet Singers, directed by Dr. Robert Newton. A highlight of the presentation will be videos of the honorees, produced by award-winning producer/director Richardo Lopes of XXL Media.

The National Maritime Historical Society is a not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to raise awareness of maritime heritage and the role seafaring has played in shaping civilization. The Society publishes Sea History, a quarterly maritime journal, and seeks to educate about extraordinary maritime accomplishments and their continuing relevance for prosperity and cultural vitality.  Initiatives encompass publications, educational programs, sail training and preservation of historic ships.

The Naval Historical Foundation is dedicated to preserving and honoring the legacy of those who came before us and serving to educate and inspire the generations who will follow. The Foundation supports the Navy’s history programs and its flagship museum in Washington, D.C.  In addition, NHF has a robust education outreach program, co-sponsoring publications and symposium on a wide variety of naval history topics.

The National Maritime Awards Dinner Committee consists of leadership from Tall Ships America, Historic Naval Ships Association, Smithsonian, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Independence Seaport Museum, The Mariners’ Museum, American Merchant Marine Museum, Sultana Education Projects, Historic Ships of Baltimore, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, the Mariners’ Museum and the North Carolina Maritime Museum, among its many members.

Tickets to the dinner are $275 and sponsorship opportunities are available.   For more information or to make a reservation for this gala, visit the website at, call 914 737-7878 or email


CNO Naval History Essay Contest 2017


The Challenge:
The Sea Services have a rich history. There is much to be learned from history on multiple fronts—people, battles, strategy, tactics, leadership, values, traditions. While the Office of the Chief Naval Operations (CNO) invites you to write on a naval historical topic of your choice, your essay should relate in some way to establishing and maintaining maritime superiority in today’s environment. The essay should provide your readers with a lesson learned from history that can be applied to today.

Prior Publication: Your essay must be original, not been previously published (online or in print) or being considered for publication elsewhere.

Prizes: (Two categories)

Professional Historians: U.S. and international professional historians (historian jobs including history museum curators, history teachers/professors, PhDs, published history authors.
$5,000 — First Prize
$2,500 — Second Prize
$1,500 — Third Prize

Rising Historians: U.S. Sea Service-wide active, reserve, retired, and civilians not included in above.
$5,000 — First Prize
$2,500 — Second Prize
$1,500 — Third Prize

Note: All winners will be recognized by CNO at the plenary session of the McMullen Naval History Symposium, U.S. Naval Academy, September 2017. First Prize Winners will be published in Naval History magazine and online with Naval History and Heritage Command. Other essays may be published in Naval History or Proceedings or online by the Naval History and Heritage Command.

Judging: This contest is judged in the blind. The Judging Committee will be comprised of senior staff from the U.S. Naval Institute, U.S. Naval Academy, Naval War College, Naval History and Heritage Command, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and one distinguished naval historian from outside the Navy.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Word count: 3,500 words maximum (excludes footnotes/endnotes/sources)
  • Email essays to by 30 June 2017
  • Include CNO Naval History Essay Contest on subject line of email
  • Include word count on title page of essay but do not include your name on title page or within essay
  • Provide separate attachment to include biography and complete contact information— i.e., work, home, and cell phone numbers; and home mailing address
  • For more details about this contest please visit

Memberships: All prize winners receive one-year memberships in the U.S. Naval Institute and one-year subscriptions to Naval History magazine.

About Naval Institute Essay Contests

Essay contests have been central to the work of the Naval Institute for more than 130 years. They directly fulfill the Institute’s educational mission by encouraging writing on issues of concern to the Sea Services. They provide thought-provoking articles that spur ongoing discussion of these same issues, not only in Naval Institute media, print and digital, but also in other leading defense and national security forums.

Job Posting:  Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Seeks Crew for Schooner Lois McClure Tour

The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum has numerous crew positions open aboard the replica 1862 Canal Schooner Lois McClure.  Based on the archaeological remains of shipwrecks Lois McClure was built and launched in Burlington, Vermont.  For the past 13 years she has been traveling the northeast, interpreting the shared history along the inland waterways.


The Canal Schooner Lois McClure.  Photo: LCMM

During the 2017 Legacy Tour, which begins in June and ends in October, we’ll be commemorating the 200th anniversary of canal construction by traversing the Champlain and Erie Canals.  Tour theme includes the interconnected relationship between our forests and waterways.  All crew positions will be involved in vessel operations as well as historic interpretation and education.  For more information and complete job descriptions visit:


The Lois McClure in the Lake Champlain Canal. Photo: LCMM



Job Posting: USS Constitution Museum seeks Public Historian

The USS Constitution Museum seeks a full-time public historian to support the museum’s mission. As the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution, the USS Constitution Museum preserves, displays, and interprets collections related to the Ship and her crew through interactive exhibitions, compelling programs, and engaging outreach initiatives.


USS Constitution Museum, Boston, Massachusetts.

The public historian manages projects related to the history and interpretation of the ship; makes collections accessible through exhibitions, website platforms, and publications; research on all aspects of the ship’s history (1794-present); writes for and communicates with a broad range of audiences, including scholars, students, families, and the general public; publishes findings online and in print; responds to reference inquiries that are historical, maritime, and genealogical in nature; identifies and researches potential acquisitions; teaches the ship’s history naval personnel who interpret the ship to the public; works with museum staff and trustees to develop and build an ongoing speaker and program series; and speaks publicly to a variety of audiences and serves as an ambassador the USS Constitution Museum.

Candidate must have strong communication (writing and speaking) and research skills.  The museum is a highly collaborative environment, and the candidate must be a strong collaborator. Academic background (MA required) in US History.  Previous experience working in public history or in a museum/historic site required. Knowledge of or experience in maritime/naval history preferred.  Public speaking experience required. Interested individuals should send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references to by March 1, 2017. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Maine Maritime Museum Names Chief Curator

Bath, Maine – Maine Maritime Museum has named Anne Witty Chief Curator, replacing Senior Curator Nathan Lipfert, who will be retiring in April 2017, after spending more than four decades at the museum. Witty began her new role January 17, 2017, enabling a substantial transition period prior to Lipfert’s spring departure. Witty is enthusiastic about returning to Maine Maritime Museum, having previously served as curator from 2000 to 2003.


Anne Witty, new Chief Curator at Maine Maritime Museum.  Photo: MMM

“As a curator, I am an enthusiastic advocate for collections — and also a storyteller. I look forward to sharing the surprising and diverse stories contained in the museum’s maritime collections,” she said.

Witty brings to the museum a deep understanding of maritime culture and extensive experience in all aspects of museum management.  Since 2004, Witty has served as assistant curator of the Peary-MacMillan Museum at Bowdoin College. She has prior experience at Mystic Seaport, Columbia River Maritime Museum, and Winterthur Museum, and has held consulting positions, fellowships, and internships at museums across the U.S. and Europe.

Amy Lent, executive director of the museum said, “We are all enthusiastic about the new curatorial leadership that will build on everything that Nathan has done. He will be leaving an incredible legacy and Anne Witty was our first choice to take over the curatorial leadership after Nathan retires. She has a wealth of experience on a national level, but also understands this museum and our Maine maritime heritage very well. She brings the ideal balance of respect for the past and enthusiasm for the future.”

About Maine Maritime Museum                                                                          

Maine Maritime Museum is an independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of Maine’s maritime heritage through gallery exhibits, an historic shipyard, educational programs, a research library, and narrated excursions along area waterways.  Call (207) 443-1316 or visit for more information. 243 Washington Street, Bath, Maine, 04530.

Job Posting: Mystic Seaport – Vice President for Watercraft Preservation Programs

Vice President for Watercraft Preservation and Programs

 Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929 to gather and preserve the rapidly disappearing artifacts of America’s seafaring past, the Museum has grown to become a national center for research and education with the mission to “inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.”

 Mystic Seaport is seeking a Vice President for Watercraft Preservation and Programs. The Vice President will provide vision, leadership, and strategic oversight for  Mystic Seaport’s Watercraft Preservation and Programs consistent with the Strategic Plan. The VP is responsible for setting a vision for the department as well as motivating individuals to achieve set goals. The VP will participate in a broad range of internal and external activities that will enhance and promote the Seaport’s relationship with the maritime community.  He/She will serve as an ambassador and champion for Mystic Seaport to help secure resources for the museum and its maritime programs.

 The VP  will report directly into the Chief Operating Officer and will  be responsible for the preservation and curatorial aspects of the Watercraft Collection and the programs developed around it or focused on the water, Oversee the management of the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard Department and the Watercraft Programs Department (e.g., BRILLIANT Program, and Boat House) and all other operational watercraft, and develop and manage appropriate professional relationships with others in the field, including yacht clubs, industry groups, other not-for-profit organizations, museums, etc.


  • B.S Degree / B.A. Degree, a minimum of 10 years of experience in maritime preservation of traditional watercraft both large and small,
  • Demonstrated success in building and managing an effective diverse team,
  • Broad experience in wooden boat/ship restoration and building, as well as preservation management,
  • Knowledge of museum management,
  • Demonstrated experience working in a public setting,
  • Extensive knowledge of the maritime preservation field nationally and internationally,
  • Knowledge of and experience in historic research,
  • Demonstrated success with relationship building, problem-solving, and mentoring,
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills,
  • Experience providing consistent guidance and feedback through formal and informal channels,
  • Demonstrated ability to create, manage, and administer complex financial and budget goals,
  • Willingness to work weekends, evenings, and holidays as needed for events and projects or to accomplish the work at hand,
  • Able to travel extensively to attend conferences and participate in fundraising activities
  • Excellent technical skills; knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Physical  Requirements and Environmental Conditions: The nature of the work involved requires extended periods of time outdoors in all weather conditions and all seasons. Candidate must be able to access a wide range of vessels, floats, bilges, vehicles, rigging etc.

Candidates that possess the fundamental skills and experience required to be successful in this role are invited to provide a cover letter and resumé and application ( ) for consideration. Application documents can be sent to OR to Mystic Seaport PO Box 6000 Mystic, CT 06355 Attn: Human Resources.

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those to be interviewed will be contacted.

Job Posting: Vancouver Maritime Museum Society Executive Director


The Vancouver Maritime Museum Society (VMMS) and the Vancouver Maritime Museum (VMM) celebrate the profound significance of the oceans and waterways of the Pacific and Arctic, through the preservation and growth of an extraordinary collection, and by acting as a centre for dialogue, research and experience.

The centerpiece of the Museum is the St. Roch, an historic arctic exploration vessel of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. It was the first ship to circumnavigate the Northwest Passage. The museum also has extensive galleries of maritime art and artifacts, model ships, and a large library and archives.  The Museum is affiliated with CMA, CHIN, and the Virtual Museum of Canada.

The VMMS (a registered non-profit since 1959) is seeking an Executive Director with the skills, experience and passion to lead the daily operations of the Museum and to further its Vision and Mandate.

The Executive Director (ED) reports directly to the Board of Directors (Executive Committee) and provides strategic leadership and active support to the staff, Board, and community in the administration and operations of the VMM.  The ED is responsible for the development and implementation of a formal business plan which supports the strategic vision of the VMMS, the execution of this plan, and associated reporting functions back to the VMMS Board of Directors.  The ED exercises fiscal responsibility, stewardship, and comptrollership of the VMM and ensures that the VMMS Board of Directors has thorough, accurate and timely financial information as well as metrics and statistics that measure key performance indicators (KPI’s).  The ED’s office oversees the recruitment, hiring and training of qualified staff and volunteers, establishes and maintains professional Human Resource practices and ensures that the VMM is a harassment free workplace.

The ED will build and maintain positive working relationships with the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, supporters, the community and industry stakeholders.  As the face of the VMM, the ED actively promotes the organization’s curatorial resources, programs, facilities, activities, interest, fundraising efforts and development. The ED is expected to deliver lectures and presentations in person as well as on various media and IT platforms.

Reporting Relationships:

The following positions report directly to the Executive Director:

  • Director of Operations
  • Director of Administration & Finance
  • Director of Programs
  • Director of Marketing
  • Curator/Collections Manager
  • Director of Development

Academic Qualifications

Post Graduate Degree (Masters or PHD) in a relevant field of study, including but not limited to History, Sociology, Archaeology, and Museum Studies.

A full job description can be found at the VMM website:

Candidates that possess the fundamental skills, experience, passion and education required to be successful in this role are invited to provide a cover letter and resumé for consideration in confidence to our recruitment consultant, Michael O’Brien – – 604.760.7649

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those to be interviewed will be contacted.