Maritime Museums Seek Grant Funding Changes

Tim Runyan and others in the CAMM community are quoted in a new Maritime Executive article on MARAD’s ship disposal program.  According to the article:

“From 1994 to 2010, MARAD was required to provide 25 percent of the excess revenue of ship disposal to a matching grant program for maritime heritage organizations – museums, training programs and related groups, the majority of them non-profits. A legislative amendment in 2010 lifted that requirement, permitting the agency to spend the funds on either the grant program or on its own maritime heritage efforts.”

“Dr. Timothy J. Runyan, a professor at East Carolina University and chair of the 1,000-member National Maritime Alliance, says that heritage organizations have not seen enough of that 25 percent over the years, either before 2010 or after. Only three rounds of grants have been awarded so far, in 1998, 2015 and 2016. The long gap between rounds overlapped with the recession and a sharp decline in private funding for the non-profit sector, including donations to heritage organizations. Runyan says that MARAD should have prioritized ‘getting funds out to America’s maritime heritage community . . . [which was] struggling with reduced contributions and visitation during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.'”

“. . . To address these concerns, Runyan is working with Denise Krepp, a representative for ship recyclers and a former chief counsel for MARAD, on a legislative solution. Their efforts – which they describe as a years-long, difficult process – are beginning to bear fruit, despite alleged opposition from MARAD. Elements of their proposal are winning the support of prominent elected officials from both parties, including Senators David Vitter, Bill Cassidy and Roger Wicker, and Representatives Randy Forbes, Garret Graves, Duncan Hunter, and Donald Norcross.”

“If successful, their language will be included in the final version of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, expected in August. The amendment would restore the 25 percent allocation for heritage grants and compel MARAD to give an account of funds from ship disposals. . . .”

See full article by Paul Benecki, published in the Maritime Executive, May 10, 2016

Why The Ocean Matters, On Earth Day and Every Day

Neill book coverPeter Neill’s new book, The Once and Future Ocean: Notes Toward a New Hydraulic Society, offers an invitation to change the way we see and interact with the world.
According to the book release, “The ocean holds the key to humanity’s survival. At a time when the world faces a multitude of potential calamities, from climate change to a struggling oil industry to rapid population growth, author and environmentalist Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory, argues that the time is now to begin organizing our social, financial and political order around water in all its forms, places and uses.”

The book, “offers a bold vision for a practical and possible future, based on a revolutionary paradigm shift toward a ‘new hydraulic society’ that can be implemented through the political will of individuals who understand the necessity for change, the logic of a new moral alternative, and the reality of the consequences if we fail to act in time.”

“Ambitious in scope yet grounded in actionable, specific ideas and solutions for preserving the health of the world ocean, The Once and Future Ocean relies heavily on the scientific community’s contribution to information about the world ocean and is written with a deep familiarity with ocean policy. It is presented as a personal realization—equally rewarding read in one sitting or in segments—and is intended for a wide audience of ocean lovers–not limited to experts, academics, or policy-makers.”

The Once and Future Ocean aspires to do nothing less than transform our relationship with the world’s most promising and imperiled natural element: the ocean and the inter-connected cycles of water, essential for all aspects of human survival. Accessible, powerful, persuasive, and lyrical, Neill’s new book is the clarion call for the ocean as the place that we must turn for fresh water, food, energy, health, political stability, security, community development, and personal renaissance. It argues for invention, new solutions, new answers to fundamental questions, and a new relationship built around the ocean as an inspiration for new ways of living that are within our grasp if only we have the courage to take hold.”

Submitted by Trisha Badger, Managing Director, World Ocean Observatory, April 22, 2016

Support for Full Funding of Maritime Heritage Grants

Tim Runyan of the National Maritime Alliance has shared some good news:

A win!!

We scored a big win early this morning as the marathon session by the House Armed Services Committee marked up the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. Language was included to restore the maritime heritage grant program. It was included in the Seapower subcommittee mark adopted by the full Committee.

Also included was an amendment to require the Maritime Administration to provide detailed reports on the ship recycling program, and report on funds for maritime heritage.

Earlier, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee included language in the maritime bill requiring an annual report by the Maritime Administration on the vessel disposal program. It includes several references to the National Maritime Heritage Act and asks for reporting on the uses of heritage funds.

Next steps: bills move to the floor for approval; then to the Conference of the House and Senate; then signed into law by the President. The House–Senate conference is key, as our bill for restoration of the maritime heritage grant program is in the House bill, and must be accepted by the Senate. 

We must continue our advocacy efforts to clear these next hurdles. Major focus this past week was the Senate–three days of meetings. We need both House and Senate support going forward.

My thanks to all for your support, and contacting members of Congress. It makes a difference.

A little celebrating is in order! 

Tim

2016 National Flagship Named

The Folks at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park are pleased to share the announcement that their female Sea Scout program, Ship 100 Viking, has been named “National Flagship,” ranking it as the top Sea Scouts program nationwide.

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Photo courtesy of Sea Scouts, B.S.A.

According to the Sea Scouts website, the award “is presented in recognition of excellence in program quality, youth achievement, and adult commitment. It is because of these attributes, as reflected by the “Viking’s”” exemplary program of seamanship and youth development . . . Chartered by The San Francisco Sailing Whaleboat Association, Sea Scout Ship 100 currently has an all-female membership of 20 youth and 10 adults. The Ship is home-ported in the beautiful San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, providing a close tie to a National Park whose mission of bringing historic ships to life for current generations aligns closely their own. Viking’s main vessel is an historic wooden whaleboat built by the US Navy in 1938 and the young ladies of Viking keep the boat maintained and actively sailed – often winning top honors in annual historic sailboat races.”

“Ship 100 meets 2-4 times a week to sail, conduct advancement training, row, and work on boat maintenance projects, and the senior members of the Ship meet once a month for Quarterdeck meetings to plan and discuss activities and goals for the Ship. They hold several overnight trips such as advancement retreats, camping trips, Wooden Boat Shows, Council Venturing Camp weekends, overnight sailing trips and a snow trip. Community service is an integral component of the Ship’s program, with the crew participating in 13 service projects and color guard ceremonies in 2015. Six of those community service events were Quartermaster Projects, planned and coordinated by senior crew members of SSS Viking.”

Submitted by Robbyn Jackson, San Francisco Maritime NHP, May 5, 2016

Member Update – Mystic Seaport Releases Video on Restoration of Mayflower II

A brand new Mystic Seaport video “Journey to Restoration: Mayflower II at Mystic Seaport” was released today. Mystic Seaport’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard is working in partnership with Plimoth Plantation to restore Mayflower II, a full-scale reproduction of the Pilgrims’ vessel. The ship is being repaired using traditional and modern methods that both honor her original construction and recondition her for generations of enjoyment.

Submitted by Connor Zito, Mystic Seaport, May 4, 2016

Images of the 2016 CAMM Meeting

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CAMM 2016 Annual Conference Attendees in front of the KALMAR NYCKEL

The recent 2016 CAMM conference provided a great opportunity for learning, networking, and reinvigoration. Over 80 maritime heritage professionals attended, representing 45 institutions. Highlights included an evening cruise on the Kalmar Nyckel and a field trip to Winterthur.

The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation provided a wonderful venue and their conference volunteers were awesome! Many thanks to our hosts Sam Heed and Cathy Parsells.

Next year’s conference will be hosted by the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. April dates to be determined.


Photos by Candace Clifford.

CAMM Elects New Officers

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Dave Pearson turns over gavel to new CAMM President Greg Gorga

CAMM elected a new president, Greg Gorga, and vice president, Marifrances Trivelli at their recent 2016 Business Meeting. Two new members-at-large were also elected–Susan Sirota from the Maritime Museum Association of San Diego and Rolf Johnson of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. Walter Rybka of the Erie Maritime Museum/U.S. Brig Niagara rotated off the Board and Dave Pearson replaced him as ex-officio president.

Current CAMM Officers:

President, Greg Gorga, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

Vice President, Marifrances Trivelli, Los Angeles Maritime Museum

Secretary, Paul Johnston, National Museum of American History, Smithsonia

Treasurer, Paul Fontenoy, North Carolina Maritime Museum

Members at Large:

Sam Heed, Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
Pete Lesher, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Rolf Johnson, Wisconsin Maritime Museum
Susan Sirota, Maritime Museum Association of San Diego

Ex-Officio President, Dave Pearson, Columbia River Maritime Museum

NPS Advisor, Robbyn Jackson, San Francisco Maritime NHP