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.

New CAMM Conference Tour Information: Point Reyes Lighthouse and San Francisco Maritime NHP Large Artifact Collection Storage Tours

Two optional tours have been added to schedule of events for the 2017 CAMM Conference.  Details can be found below, and the registration form has been updated to include optional tour registration.  If you have already registered and would like to add one or both of the tours, please contact Paul Fontenoy (252-728-7317 ext. 23) to be added to the list.  Space is limited, so please sign up soon if you would like to join us.

Point Reys Lighthouse and 1890 Lifeboat Station. Photo: NPS

Tuesday, April 18 –  tour of Point Reyes National Seashore with a focus on the 1870 Point Reyes Lighthouse and 1890  Lifeboat Station.  Transportation will leave from the Argonaut Hotel at 8am for the approximately 1 hour trip to Point Reyes Headquarters and Visitor Center.  From there it is a scenic one hour ride through historic dairy ranches to the  Point Reyes Lighthouse and the nearby Lifeboat Station.  Point Reyes and San Francisco Maritime staff will be on hand to talk about both structures and the recently restored motorized lifeboat.  A box lunch will be provided. To get to the lighthouse itself, one must walk 0.6 km (0.4 mi) from the parking lot to the Visitor Center, and then down 308 steps.  For more information about Point Reyes Maritime History see:
The bus will return to the hotel between 4 and 5 pm. Cost:  $65.00

The San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park’s large artifact collection storage in San Leandro.  Photo: NPS

Saturday, April 22 – tour of the San Francisco Maritime NHP large artifact collection storage in San Leandro.  The bulk of the park’s 100+ small craft collection, large maritime artifacts, engines, the Sloop Yacht Kathleen, and  the recently recovered Gold Rush era lighter are highlights of this behind the scenes tour. Transportation will leave the Argonaut Hotel at 8 am and will return by Noon.  Cost:  $40.00.


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.