Job Posting: The Channel Islands Maritime Museum Seeking an Executive Director

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum is seeking a qualified person to become its Executive Director. Click here for the job description for the Executive Director position for the Channel Islands Maritime Museum located in the Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard, California.


The Channel Islands Maritime Museum is located in The Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard, California.

Interested applicants are asked to submit their resume by January 27th 4:00pm. You may email your resume to or You may mail your resume to:

Channel Islands Maritime Museum
ATTEN: ED Committee
3900 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035


Funding will expand environmental and recreational programs and on-water access to the Delaware River

 PHILADELPHIA, PA (January 4, 2017) – Independence Seaport Museum is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the William Penn Foundation. Funds will be directed toward the next phase of planning for River Alive!, a new interactive exhibition showcasing the science, ecology and stewardship of the Delaware River watershed. This grant also supports essential upgrades and expansion of the Museum’s docks, located at the northern end of the Penn’s Landing Marina, in the heart of the Delaware River waterfront.

Launched in 1892, Cruiser Olympia (C-6) is the oldest steel warship afloat in the world. Photo: Independence Seaport Museum

“Independence Seaport Museum is honored to receive this grant, which recognizes our role as a cultural and educational gateway to the Delaware River and watershed,” says John Brady, President and CEO. “Through the Foundation’s generosity, we are excited to offer more opportunities for residents and visitors alike to experience our waterways and learn more about their vital place in our community and urban ecosystem.”

Additionally, Independence Seaport Museum is managing a second grant from the William Penn Foundation on behalf of a group of 23 environmental education centers, including the Museum, located on the Circuit Trails system and near the Delaware River or its tributaries. This funding supports the network’s efforts to develop shared programs and coordinated messaging about the importance of clean water and the preservation of our waterways.

“The William Penn Foundation’s Watershed Protection Program advances protection and restoration of clean water in the Delaware River and its tributaries by supporting science-informed conservation, advocacy, and stewardship,” said Andrew Johnson, the program’s director. “Together, Independence Seaport Museum’s exciting interactive River Alive! exhibit – literally at the river’s edge – along with increased capacity to offer boating programs on the river between Philadelphia and Camden will be a keystone for efforts by the museum and other conservation organizations to reach thousands of students and adults annually to build awareness of and support for clean water.”

About the William Penn Foundation

The William Penn Foundation, founded in 1945 by Otto and Phoebe Haas, is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that increase educational opportunities for children from low-income families, ensure a sustainable environment, foster creativity that enhances civic life, and advances philanthropy in the Philadelphia region. In partnership with others, the Foundation works to advance opportunity, ensure sustainability, and enable effective solutions. Since inception, the Foundation has made nearly 10,000 grants totaling over $1.6 billion.

Learn more about the Foundation at

About Independence Seaport Museum

Independence Seaport Museum deepens the appreciation, understanding and experience of the Philadelphia region’s waterways through history, science, art and community. The Museum maintains one of the largest maritime collections in North America, combining more than 25,000 artifacts with hands-on exhibits, small boat rentals and large-scale models. The Museum houses a traditional boat shop, the Workshop on the Water; J. Welles Henderson Archives and Library; and Penn’s Landing Playhouse. The Museum also includes two National Historic Landmark ships: Cruiser Olympia, and Submarine Becuna. Located at Philadelphia’s Penn’s Landing Waterfront, the Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit for more information.

Submitted by Independence Seaport Museum.

Bringing Mary E Home: Maine Maritime Museum to Acquire Historic Schooner

Bath, Maine, December 20, 2016 – At a December 15 meeting, the Maine Maritime Museum Board of Trustees approved the acquisition of the historic schooner Mary E, believed to be the oldest Bath-built wooden vessel still afloat. She is also the oldest fishing schooner built in the state of Maine that is still sailing.

mary-e-2(2) Mary E has been running cruises in Connecticut since 2006. Photo courtesy of Matt Culen.

“Since the museum’s board approved the acquisition of this historic vessel, word has spread quickly. So many people have commented about the incredible gift this will be for the state of Maine to return this beautiful schooner to the place where she was built. We could not be more excited to restore and preserve this beautiful and significant symbol of Maine’s past,” said Amy Lent, the museum’s executive director.

Built in Bath in 1906 by shipbuilder Thomas E. Hagan (in a shipyard located where Bath Iron Works stands today), and restored in Bath in 1965 by William R. Donnell II (on the grounds of what is now Maine Maritime Museum), Mary E is a two-masted clipper schooner with a sparred length of 73 feet. This is the last of 69 vessels built by Hagan and representative of the type of vessel that would have been seen all over the coast of Maine in the 1900s.

Mary E will be delivered to the museum in spring of 2017, and the restoration work started by her current owner, Matt Culen of Pelham, N.Y., will be completed on the museum’s campus, giving the public the opportunity to witness historic shipbuilding techniques first hand.

Following completion of the work, Mary E will be docked at the museum, serving as a historic vessel accessible to everyone. Mary E will also serve as the ambassador of Maine Maritime Museum and of Bath, the “City of Ships,” traveling to events up and down the coast.

“This is a vessel of remarkable importance, despite its modest size,” said Senior Curator Nathan Lipfert. “We have compiled a list of historic Maine vessels that are still extant, and there is nothing older, or better, that is available to us. I am very excited about Mary E becoming part of the historic collection of the museum, and I am looking forward to continuing research on her long history.”

The museum will soon be launching a major fundraising effort to support the restoration and continued preservation of Mary E.

mary-e-1(1) Mary E in 1965 during her restoration at the Donnell Shipyard property, now the campus of Maine Maritime Museum. Photo courtesy of Maine Maritime Museum.

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.

Released by the Maine Maritime Museum, December 20, 2016.

Call for Papers: NASOH Annual Meeting

 Ventures into the Western Ocean: Global Maritime Communities, Commerce, and Conflicts

 North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH)
National Maritime Historical Society (NMHS)
Society for the History of Navy Medicine (SHNM)

2017 Annual Conference
Charleston, South Carolina
May 15-17, 2017

“Ventures into the Western Ocean: Global Maritime Communities, Commerce, and Conflicts,” the 43rd Conference of the North American Society for Oceanic History, held jointly with the National Maritime Historical Society, will be held in Charleston, South Carolina, May 15-17, 2017.

With the international connection of the Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop, the 2017 Program Committee invites paper and session proposals that explore a wide range of maritime connections, cultural landscapes, or an interweaving of both to examine the meaning and processes of our maritime heritage. Suggested topic areas include cultural connections, race, gender, fisheries, archaeology, empire, military (especially the First World War), Law of the Sea and ocean management, maritime health, indigenous, environmental, and public history. Additional topics and geographic focuses are welcome for submission and the Program Committee will consider papers and sessions exploring all aspects of history and archaeology related to navigable saltwater and freshwater environments as well as to preserving and publicly interpreting the cultural artifacts of our maritime heritage. Papers from graduate students and junior scholars with fresh approaches to maritime history are greatly encouraged as are papers discussing the maritime realm from a non-American/non-European perspective.

Students may apply for a Chad Smith Travel Grant to assist in travel to present a paper at the conference. Additionally, the Clark G. Reynolds Student Paper Award is provided each year to the author of the best graduate student paper delivered at the society’s annual conference. Please see the awards section of the NASOH website for details.

The Program Committee welcomes the submission of individual papers and full sessions, preferring panels with three papers. Session and individual paper proposals should include: A) title, not to exceed 10 words; B) abstract, not to exceed 250 words; C) a 200-word bio for the presenter; D) contact information including phone number, address, affiliation, and email. Please submit this information as a single Word document, single-spaced, 12-point Times Roman font, and not as a PDF.

Accommodations for PowerPoint presentations will be provided; any other requirements, including audio-visual equipment, special outlets, or accommodations for disabilities should be included in the proposal. Please note that all participants must register for the conference.

The deadline for proposal submission is February 1, 2017. Please submit proposal packets electronically to the Program Committee: NASOH or NMHS members interested in serving as panel chairs should send an email to the Program Committee at the same address.

Maritime Heritage Grant Program Restored

Good News!

Language to amend the National Maritime Heritage Act was included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 (the Defense bill) that was favorably voted on last week by the US House of Representatives (375 to 34).  Members of the House and Senate reached agreement on the bill last week after a summer of tough negotiating. The Senate will consider it next week. Once passed, the president is expected to sign the bill.

The maritime heritage grant program will be restored. Funding for the program was diverted by an amendment to the National Maritime Heritage Act in 2010, initiated by the US Maritime Administration. Advocacy by the maritime heritage community and the support of members of Congress resulted in that agency’s commitment of $7M to the grant program over the past few years.

The Minnesota Historical Society received a maritime heritage grant in 2015 to support the research and production of a Cultural Landscape Report for the Split Rock Light Station.
Photo Minnesota Historical Society.

The new legislation mandates that 18.75% of all ship scrapping proceeds will be committed to the maritime heritage grant program (my goal was 25%, so we have some more work to do).    The funds will be transferred to the Department of the Interior where the National Park Service will continue to administer the competitive grant program. The grants fund maritime heritage education and preservation projects.

Additional amendments to the Defense bill require greater transparency in the Maritime Administration’s ship scrapping operations, including timely reporting on the funds available, and the use of funds for the preservation and presentation to the public of the Maritime Administration’s maritime heritage property.

These changes are all beneficial to the maritime heritage grant program.

My thanks to all who have supported this effort.

Submitted by Tim Runyan, Chair, National Maritime Alliance, December 5, 2016