5-minute updates at 2021 conference

At every CAMM conference there is an opportunity for museums to tell attendees about recent exciting developments in their museums. This year’s virtual conference will be no different. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please contact the CAMM Administrator with an email to maritimemuseums@gmail.com. There is only a limited number of slots available, so be quick!

AASLH Annual National Visitation Survey for History Organizations.

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) is currently accepting responses to their annual “National Visitation Survey for History Organizations,” the only national effort to monitor and report on in-person visitation trends at history museums, historic sites, and other history organizations. This survey will help the field assess the impact extended closures from Covid-19, climate change, social unrest, and more had on our institutions last year. In addition to asking about changes to in-person visitation from 2019 to 2020, the survey includes a special section about the impact of the pandemic on operations, capacity restrictions, and staffing.

Your response is absolutely critical to this effort. With information about budget, staffing, and visitation on-hand, the survey should only take about ten minutes. Your contribution to this survey will help the entire field better understand the impact 2020 had on the history community and help AASLH provide better resources and support for the road ahead. Please complete the survey and encourage colleagues at other institutions to do the same.

The survey closes on March 31.


Maritime Administration Announces Comment Period for Future Use of the Historic Vessel NS Savannah

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has published a Federal Register Notice inviting comments on MARAD’s future plans for the N.S. Savannah (NSS). The notice can be found at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/01/13/2021-00527/collecting-proposals-for-future-use-of-the-historic-vessel-ns-savannah 

Under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), MARAD is engaged in formal consultations with federal, state, and organizational stakeholders, and expects to enter into a Programmatic Agreement with those stakeholders in the next few months. The agreement includes a stipulation that details how MARAD will consider future uses for the vessel after its nuclear power plant is fully decommissioned. 

Comments can be submitted electronically online through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov under docket number MARAD-2020-0133.  Alternatively, comments may be mailed to the following address: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Management Facility, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20590.  In person submissions are being accepted in accordance with social distancing protocols in place.

All submissions to the docket will be posted without change to www.regulations.gov and will include any personal information you provide. 

Annual Navy History and Heritage Awards Program


Deadline for nominations is 1 June 2021. Nomination forms and criteria for the new awards is found on the link below. For questions on these awards and for submitting nominations, the POC is Roger Raber at 202-433-9696; (Roger.w.raber@navy.mil). But while Roger is on military leave to 1 March, the Interim POC is Jeff Barta at 202-433-3973 (Jeffrey.barta@navy.mil)


The dates of the 2021 CAMM virtual conference have been changed. The meeting will take place April 19-21, 2021.

This year’s registration rate is $39.00 which includes access to all sessions, virtual social events, and use of the online archive of sessions for 90 days from the end of the conference. Registration will open on February 22, 2021.

The conference will be presented via a customized platform and speakers will have the opportunity to access technical support before and during the conference. In addition to the usual presentations and panels, there will be virtual social events, making this year’s conference both informative and rewarding.

Due to their affordable nature (with no travel or lodging expenses), online conferences usually attract a much larger number of registrants, which means your presentation will reach a much broader audience.

The call for proposal deadline remains February 12, 2021.

Please take a moment to review the submission guidelines at https://councilofamericanmaritimemuseums.org/annual-meeting/ and feel free to contact the Chair of the Program Committee, Laura Orr, with any questions at laura.l.orr@navy.mil

We look forward to your attendance and participation! 

The historic last Elco 57

Mr. Charles Toledo has written to CAMM:

“I am the current custodian (i.e. owner footing all the bills) of the very last Elco 57 ever built (Hull #41.57.04; Doc #240807) and the last Elco luxury yacht built before WW II – the company then went into full production building PT boats for the Navy.

According to documents the Navy sent me, the original owner presumably gifted this boat to the Navy after the Pearl Harbor attack, and she ended up serving during WW II (1942-1944) as YP 359 at the Navy Base in Key West, Florida (I’d be glad to show records to this effect).

Another curious fact about the Elco 57 model – they only built 9 of them between 1939 and 1941; only 4 survive today (mine included). The first of the Elco 57’s was bought by Howard Johnson (the famous hotelier). A couple of years later, while serving as Governor of the Bahamas, the Duke of Windsor (former King Edward the VIII) bought an Elco 57 and used to cruise around the Bahamas along with Howard Johnson in their twin yachts.

I’ve had her for 7 years now, trying to keep her afloat and clean, while wrangling resources to do a proper restoration. Unfortunately,as in many of these cases, my family and personal situation has changed and I need to pass on the project to someone willing to care for her the way she deserves.

This boat deserves to be saved, given the few of the type remaining and her service to the country.

I am willing to gift the vessel to any reputable entity that could be interested and in a position to take on this project.”

For obvious reasons, CAMM will not publish Mr. Toledo’s contact information here. Any institutions wishing to follow up on this offer should contact the CAMM Administrator.

Historic Naval Ships Association seeks a new executive director

Note submissions due by March 15, 2021.


Position Title: Executive Director, Historic Naval Ships Association , Inc. (HNSA)

Reports to: President, Historic Naval Ships Association , Inc.

Position Purpose: Serve as the chief executive officer of the HISTORIC NAVAL SHIPS ASSOCIATION , INC.

The Mission of HNSA is to support preservation of historic Naval vessels and to act as a strategic advocate for its members. As such the Executive Director needs to be an advocate and develop relationships with government officials, contractors and other museum organizations that will enhance the mission.

Position Purpose Summary: The Executive Director will plan and coordinate Association activities. Activities include but are not limited to:

1. Developing relationships within the Navy and within the Federal government that increase awareness of HNSA and the needs of its members.

2. Developing a vital and involved Association membership constituency and leverage the use of social media platforms to grow membership and interest in HNSA and its members.

3. Maintaining effective and substantive communications with Members and others in the historic ship community. This ordinarily includes some travel to visit Fleet Members

4. Leading planning and preparation for all Association meetings.

5. Actively participating with other authorized professional organizations to further the preservation and presentation of historic ships.

Position Work Involves

1. Interpreting and implementing policies and practices of the Association.

2. Evaluating effectiveness of Association programs and communicating to the appropriate committee or to the Board as a whole how to better attain effectiveness.

3. Implementing goals and objectives established in the Association’s Strategic Plan.

4. Serving as the principal advisor to the Board of Directors and making recommendations to the Board of Directors for improvements or changes to the operation of the Association.

5. Representing the Association before executive, Congressional and legislative officials; historical organizations; preservation organizations and the general public.

6. Visiting and reporting on at least three (3) Fleet Members annually.

7. Conducting Association business. This is an administrative and leadership position. The Executive Director does not supervise staff, except as subcontracted and approved by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for:

  • Keeping a record of work accomplished; correspondence files; and financial controls.
  • Negotiating and drafting contracts for appropriate services, including required levels of insurance.
  • Providing guidance and support to committees appointed by the president.
  • Establishing and maintaining a formal invoice system for Association Membership dues.
  • Publishing/distributing a written report at the annual Association meeting

Work is performed with a high degree of independent judgment within the scope of Association policy. Work is reviewed by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for attainment of goals and objectives.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1. Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration, including financing, fundraising, supervision, budgeting and general organization functions.

2. General Knowledge of the principles and practices for the preservation of historic and cultural property.

3. Knowledge of naval history.

4. Knowledge of the maritime historical movement in the United States and the activities and goals of historical and preservation fields.

5. Ability to plan, organize, direct, and coordinate all Association programs and activities. including the research and documentation of information on ships histories, technical services to Fleet Members and related organizations, historic preservation, museum development and administration, historic site restoration and interpretation, and administration of an archives and records.

6. Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely in oral and written form.

7. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with government officials, historical societies, preservation groups and the general public.

Minimum Experience and Training:

Five years in a major administration and programs position with broad and diversified responsibilities and a bachelor’s degree with major course work in maritime or Navy- related studies. (Preferred by not required).

Basic knowledge of and proficiency with QuickBooks or similar financial software, Microsoft Office 365, and knowledge consistent with being able to oversee contractors working on website, email account and publishing.