September 18 brings 10th Elf Classic Yacht Race to St. Michaels

The Elf Classic Yacht Race returns to the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday, Sept.18, 2021, with the traditional yacht race taking place again this year on the Miles River in St. Michaels, Md. The annual race is jointly sponsored by the Classic Yacht Restoration Guild and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, with proceeds benefitting both organizations.  

“It’s very unusual to see a single classic yacht on any given day, so watching a fleet of them sailing away from the anchorage and into St. Michaels is an incredible experience,” said CYRG President and Elf skipper Rick Carrion. “The event will take place exclusively on the Miles River, offering land and sea spectators at CBMM an unparalleled view of some of the most beautiful, classic sailing yachts.” 

The September race features a 19th century traditional yacht racing start, beginning with a captains’ meeting on land, followed by the boom of a cannon, signifying each captain’s mad dash to a tied-up dinghy, or tender. Next, the captains row out to their moored vessels and waiting crews, before tying up their tenders and raising anchor, with up to 30 yachts racing on the Miles River under a cloud of sail.  

Race participants will first be greeted along CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove and the winners announced at a trophy reception later in the day. Entrance to watch the race is included with CBMM’s regular two-day admission.  

“Spectators and guests are welcome to watch this unique 11am start, and spend the day at CBMM to explore the world-renowned museum, while watching the race from shore,” said Carrion. “As the race ends, captains will anchor off Fogg’s Cove, and row to shore to sign the race log on CBMM’s Steamboat Building’s deck. A post-race reception and awards ceremony will then be held.” 

Organized by CYRG, the race features America’s oldest active racing yacht, the 1888 Elf. Restored to historically accurate condition and re-launched in 2008, Elf is a Lawley-built 30-foot class cutter. Elf pioneered offshore yacht cruising in 1893 by being the first small craft to race the round-trip from Marblehead, Mass. to Halifax, N.S. 

For race registration information, visit or contact CYRG’s Rick Carrion at or 443-566-2212. CYRG is a non-profit, member organization dedicated to the preservation of maritime heritage through the maintenance and operation of Elf. The yacht was designed by George Lawley & Sons of South Boston, Mass., and built in 1888 for William H. Wilkinson. Over the warmer months, Elf can be seen dockside at CBMM, and under sail along the Miles River and Chesap

Lake Champlain Challenge Race

Everyone’s favorite annual summer fun race on Lake Champlain! All human-powered vessels are invited to the Lake Champlain Challenge Race on September 11 to try to set the new fastest time on a three-mile triangular course. Participants compete in race categories such as 6- and 4-person rowing gigs, individual rowers, kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, and more to win their group. Click here to learn more and mark your calendar →

Peek into Paintings back at Penobscot Marine Museum!

Look for new programs premiering for free on both Facebook and YouTube! The Peek into Painting programs feature high resolution images of our paintings to zoom in on all the details. See our paintings and other images as never before! Learn about the artist and the history and geography behind the subject of the painting.

Friday, September 10 at Noon
For more information click here.

A Painting in the Early MuseumFriday, September 24 at Noon
For more information click here.

Classic Harbor Line Flotilla in Commemoration of the Great 9/11 Boatlift

Please join the National Maritime Historical Society in commemoration of 9/11 and the great boatlift of the day for a flotilla, light lunch, and blessing of the fleet on Friday, 10 September in New York Harbor. We are honored that passage aboard the Classic Harbor Line fleet is being offered for this grand event with a ticket donation of $50 or more per person.  100% of all ticket donations will benefit waterfront organizations, including the National Maritime Historical Society and Sea History magazine.

The boatlift of 9/11 was the largest water evacuation in history. Road, tunnel, and railway closures out of New York City stranded over half a million people in lower Manhattan following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.  The maritime community, including over 150 ferries, tugboats, merchant ships, private vessels, and NYPD and FDNY boats transported over 500,000 individuals from lower Manhattan across the harbor to safety—a rescue that was larger than even the evacuation of Allied troops at Dunkirk.

To join us and assure that your donation directly benefits NMHS, book your tickets by clicking the NMHS Classic Harbor Line booking link .  Don’t delay—spots are limited and will fill up quickly on four vessels departing from either Battery Park City or Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.  

Vessels will board around noon and disembark around 2:30 pm (depending on the vessel).  Please see the booking link and details below for locations and exact times. 

The flotilla route will include a gathering south of Governor’s Island,  a pass by the Statue of Liberty, a procession and pass in front of the World Trade Center site, and it will then proceed past Manhattan’s Financial District.

 A light lunch, including sandwiches, water and soda, will be provided.  Guests are welcome to bring their own simple fare as well.

Kelly Clause, Watercolors of Sea and Land: A Pop Up Show & Sale at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) Store is pleased to announce that it is partnering with watercolorist Kelly Clause to present a one-day, one-woman Pop-Up Show & Sale of Kelly’s work on Saturday, September 4, 2021, from 11 am-5 pm on the museum’s picturesque patio overlooking the Harbor.

As a Santa Barbara native, Kelly’s images are unique and clearly demonstrate her spontaneity, style and whimsy. Spanning land, sea, and air, the artist’s work features cards, prints, paintings, and murals of all sizes. She depicts marine life—whales, turtles, fish, dolphins, lobsters and more—and plant life, including palms, kelp, and flowers. With  landscapes, seascapes, animals, and boats as subject matter, the exhibit has broad appeal  for all viewers. 

Following the September 4th show, Kelly’s work will be available for purchase at SBMM’s Museum Store.

Hope for TomorROW at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Join us on the water again on September 4 with Project HOePpnEr to raise awareness about teen suicide, foster connection through rowing, and encourage communication and courage. This annual 2-mile row-a-thon across one of the narrowest points of Lake Champlain is open to all and NO experience is necessary for this amazing experience. Boats, life jackets, and an experienced coxswain will be provided for all participants. Click here for more information →

Girls in Ocean Science (GiOS), A Conference for Future Scientists at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) is pleased to announce its Inaugural Girls in Ocean Science (GiOS) Conference to be held at the Museum. The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 11, 2021, from 9am-4pm. This hands-on conference will connect leading female scientists with thirty (30) high school students. Because women continue to be the minority in many fields of science, the conference and speakers will be encouraging these young women to consider pursuing science-based fields of study. The cost to attend the conference is $20 for SBMM members and $30 for non-members, but scholarships are available by completing an application at:

The goal of the conference is to bring together bright minds to give talks that are idea-focused, to foster learning, inspiration and wonder, to provoke conversations that matter, and to build awareness around the broad array of career opportunities in Maritime and Marine Sciences. The students will spend the day conducting research in labs and at sea aboard the Double Dolphin with female experts who will share their lives, careers, and interests with local high-school students. Students can register online at:

For more information, see or contact Lis Perry at or (805) 456-8741. 

The National Maritime Historical Society presents Remembering the 9/11 Boatlift: America’s Largest Water Evacuation

Please join us on 11 September 2021, the twenty-year anniversary of 9/11, for a tribute to the great boatlift of the day and the role our maritime heritage community played in its success. We will screen the short documentary film Boatlift: An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience narrated by Tom Hanks, followed by a panel discussion on the largest water evacuation in maritime history.  Joining us for the panel discussion will be NMHS trustee emeritus RADM Richard Larrabee, USCG (Ret.), USCG Safety and Security Division Chief for Sector New York John Hillin, president of the New Jersey Sandy Hook Pilots Association Capt. Andrew McGovern, founder of the fireboat John J. Harvey Huntley Gill, and USCG-licensed marine engineer and author of Saved at the Seawall: Stories from the September 11 Boat Lift Jessica DuLong.  NMHS Seminar Series Steering Committee chairman Louis Liotti will moderate.

Pre-registration is required and appreciated. Seminars are free to attend, although we hope you will support the Seminar Series with a suggested $10 Seminar Guest donation.

National Museum of the Great Lakes offering Labor Day Free Admission for Union Members

WHAT: FREE Admission for Union Members
WHEN: Monday, September 6, 2021, 10am-5pm
WHERE: National Museum of the Great Lakes
1701 Front St., Toledo, OH 43605

The National Museum of the Great Lakes will open its doors FREE on Labor Day
(Monday, September 6) to all union members and union retirees.
“The museum recognizes the importance of honoring the American labor movement
and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of
the United States,” says the museum’s Executive Director Chris Gillcrist.
Labor Day is also the last day of the museum’s temporary exhibit Jim Hoffman: The
Photographic Life of Toledo’s Original Boatnerd and the final day of Freighter Golf—a
putt-putt hole-in-one challenge aboard the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum
Ship. Both the temporary exhibit and putt-putt challenge are included with museum
ship admission.
Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online at, however reservations are
not required. Proof of union membership will be requested upon arrival.

ADMISSION: FREE: Current & Retired Union Members (with proper identification)
$17.00 (Museum & Ship) / $11.00 (Museum Only) – Adults (18-64)
$16.00 (Museum & Ship) / $10.00 (Museum Only) – Seniors (65+)
$14.00 (Museum & Ship) / $8.00 (Museum Only) – Youth (6-17)
FREE – Children 5 and under, GLHS/NMGL Members