The National Maritime Historical Society

2018 WoodenBoat Show

Come join us at the WoodenBoat Show when it returns to Mystic Seaport, the Museum of America and the Sea, June 22-24, 2018!  Enjoy within-water and on-land boat exhibits, including “I Built it Myself,” expert skills demonstrations, marine vendors, family boatbuilding, and so much more.  For a complete list of Activities, Exhibitors and Visitor Information, please visit  We look forward to seeing you in Mystic – we’ll be in Tent A on the Village Green!

Pre-order tickets online now.  National Maritime Historical Society Friends & Up ($100) get in free with their CAMM card!  For directions, click here.  If you’re planning on staying in the area overnight and need hotel accommodations, click here for information on hotels with special WoodenBoat Show rates.

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ASMA 40th Anniversary Retreat – Charleston, SC

Come join the celebration! Members of the ASMA will join together in beautiful Charleston, SC for a special celebration to recognize the 40th anniversary of the American Society of Marine Artists! The event will be held on November 1-4, 2018.

The 40th Anniversary Retreat will officially start on Thursday afternoon with a dinner party planned at the Hotel Indigo ‘s new Magnolia Ballroom.

Enjoy artist demonstrations by featured artists and Signature Members Dee Beard Dean and Don Maitz. Dee will be doing a plein air painting demo at the Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston, on Friday morning, starting at 9:30 a.m. while Don will paint Black Beard  at the hotel on Saturday morning at 11 a.m.

Should you have any questions about the upcoming ASMA retreat in Charleston, please contact ASMA Managing Director Daven Anderson at: or Phone (314) 241-2339 or Kim Shaklee at: or Phone (303) 654-1219.

See the event link for more information: ASMA 40th Anniversary Retreat.


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Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Announces Weekend Ports of Call for Lois McClure’s Summer 2018 GlassBarge Tour


Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Announces Weekend Ports of Call for Lois McClure’s Summer 2018 GlassBarge Tour

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) today announced the summer 2018 tour stops for Lois McClure, the museum’s full scale replica of an 1862-class sailing canal boat constructed in Burlington, Vermont. Lois McClure will accompany the Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) GlassBarge this summer as they retrace the historic move of Flint Glass Works from Brooklyn to Corning, NY via canal where the company became Corning Glass Works, today known as Corning Incorporated.

Aboard Lois McClure, trained historians, educators, and archaeologists will welcome the public to visit with the crew and learn about history of the canal systems and the momentous trip of Corning Glass. In addition, the public will be able to see free glass-making demonstrations aboard the GlassBarge at each scheduled stop.

Lois McClure begins the five month tour on May 17 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.  She will accompany the GlassBarge to Corning, with stops at ports in Yonkers, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Albany, Little Falls, Sylvan Beach, Baldwinsville, Fairport, Lockport, Buffalo, Medina, Brockport, Pittsford, Seneca Falls, and Watkins Glen. The ceremonial arrival in Corning will be marked by a community-wide celebration on September 22. After this celebration Lois McClure will depart and head home to Burlington, VT alone. She will make more stops along the way and will arrive in Burlington, Vermont on October 6 for a community-wide celebration to welcome her return home after a 2 year absence. On the weekend of her arrival, a CMoG mobile hot glass shop will join Lois McClure in Burlington to provide free public glassmaking demonstrations.

Lois McClure Ports of Call
May 17-28: Brooklyn Bridge Park
June 1-3: Yonkers
June 8-10: Poughkeepsie
June 15-17: Kingston
June 21-24: Albany/Troy/Waterford
June 30-July 1: Little Falls
July 7-8: Sylvan Beach
July 13-15: Baldwinsville
July 20-22: Fairport
July 28-29: Lockport
August 3-5: Buffalo
August 11-12: Medina
August 17-19: Brockport
August 24-26: Pittsford
September 1-3: Seneca Falls
September 14-16: Watkins Glen
September 22: Corning

Visiting and Additional Information
Lois McClure will be open to the public for tours and to engage with and learn from a team of trained historians, archaeologists, and mariners. Tours are first-come, first-served and do not require registration. South Street Seaport Museum representatives will also be on hand to talk about their historic tug W.O. Decker that will be moving Corning’s GlassBarge along the waterways.

GlassBarge will provide daily demonstrations from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. All demos are approximately 30 minutes long, and reservations are strongly encouraged through free timed tickets that will be available at Registration will be live 4-6 weeks prior to each stop. Demos can also be viewed from shore without a reservation.

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36th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival

The 36th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival will be held August 25-26, 2018 at Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marine in Salem Massachusetts. Come see a variety of rare vintage motor yachts and sailboats from 1900-1960s. Meet skippers and crews and vote for your favorite boats. Children get to make their own wee boat, and all can board real ones. Boat rides, crafts market, artists, old-time band music, Blessing of the Fleet and more! For more information, view the event flyer.

To the delight of the public, some skippers sport vintage garb; others display period décor or play a few tunes. Table settings and captivating floral arrangements might be found aboard a boat. Welcome mats are in evidence and children, pets and parrots have been known to enliven the scene. Many owners invite the public aboard for a personal tour, regaling visitors with tales of their boat’s history, memorable voyages and the joys and woes of restoring their classic.

Festival Location
The Antique and Classic Boat Festival is held at Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, Salem, MA, 01970, Tel: 978-740-9890. Please note that the public entrance for the Festival is on Turner St.


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2018 New York State Canal Conference

Join the 2018 Canal Conference  October 14-16, 2018. The 2018 conference will celebrate the role that New York Harbor has played in the success of the State’s historic inland waterway system. As New York State continues to celebrate the Erie Canal Bicentennial, New York Harbor is the perfect venue to commemorate the Centennial of the Erie Barge Canal.

Learn about New York’s maritime/canal history just as Staten Island completes landmark projects along its waterfront, especially the New York Wheel and ongoing improvements to the St. George Waterfront.

Explore outstanding canal heritage sites on both Staten Island as well as Manhattan and the Greater New York Harbor. To register for this event visit


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Blackbeard’s Last Battle – Seminar with Kevin Duffus 19 May


Blackbeard (c. 1736 engraving)

Join us as author Kevin Duffus presents Blackbeard’s Last Battle: the Conflicting Interpretations of his Origins and Motivations.  The notorious pirate Blackbeard stands among the most popular figures of early colonial American history, yet no one still knows who he really was. To this day, his identity, his origins, and his motivations for committing acts of piracy remain in contention. Did he hail from England, Jamaica, or the Carolinas? Was his surname Teach or Thatch, or something else entirely? Was he an undistinguished common sailor suddenly thrust into command of a pirate ship? Was he a former Royal Navy sailor and an aristocratic, Anglican slave-owning planter who inexplicably turned Jacobite and pirate? Or was he an ordinary mariner on a salvage mission lured into piracy by a mob of looters, who later became a pawn in an attempted political coup in proprietary North Carolina?

These conflicting interpretations have provoked rancorous debate among archaeologists and historians. At stake are the credibilities of monolithic institutions and museums, the reputations of researchers and authors, the financial stakes of publishers, and the future of a popular historical narrative. For more than 45 years, award-winning research historian Kevin Duffus has followed the wake of the notorious pirate’s journey through history. Along the way he has discovered startling clues and pivotal waypoints in Blackbeard’s odyssey that point to a startling conclusion—one that many scholars do not want the public to know.  

Saturday, 19 May: Registration at 10:30 AM, Lecture at  11:00 AM
Location: Hendrick Hudson Free Library, 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY

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Resource for Naval Veterans Seeking Asbestos Information

The for-profit asbestos-advocacy organization The Mesothelioma Center has made available on its website a searchable database for naval veterans. Visitors to the site can search individual US Navy ships for further information on that ship’s use of asbestos in its construction and components.

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Charles Point Council April Seminar: The New York Naval Militia

History and Missions of the New York Naval Militia
with Major General Robert L. Wolf, NYNM (Ret.)

Saturday, 30 April 2016
Hendrick Hudson Library – 25 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548
Continental Breakfast is at 10:30 AM. Presentation is at 11:00 AM.

The New York Naval Militia (NYNM) was first created in 1889 and was formally mustered into state service as the First Battalion, Naval Reserve Artillery, on 23 June 1891. After the sinking of USS Maine, the NYNM sent five divisions of its 1st Battalion to fight in the Spanish-American War, and also conducted patrols of New York Harbor. The New York Naval Militia was activated during both World War I and World War II, as well as the Korean War. In this presentation, Major General Wolf, the immediate past commander of the New York Naval Militia, will talk about the history and missions of the unit.

Upon his retirement from the Regular United States Marine Corps on 1 December 1994, he was commissioned in the New York State Naval Militia, in February 2015.  The NYNM, a volunteer force of the organized militia of the United States, is authorized under Title 10, United States Code. Naval_Militia_Bugler_NGM-WebThe State Naval Militia must meet the standards set by the US secretary of the navy, by which 95% of the State Naval Militia must be Active Drilling Reservists and 5% may volunteer from the active duty retired ranks.  As a Lieutenant Colonel of Marines, he was the operations officer for 26 MEU (SOC) and mission coordinator during the initial invasion of Sarajevo.  A parachute and SCUBA-qualified marine, he was originally assigned as Special Missions, Special Operations Training Group (SOTG) II MEF before he was selected and assigned as an immediate relieved his predecessor. It was Bob Wolf who, in 1992, designed the rescue SOP which was later implemented to rescue US Air Force Captain Scott O’Grady (shot down behind Serbian lines) in June 1995, during the Bosnia conflict.

Major General Wolf is currently an associate director, Veterans and Military Affairs at State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College at Fort Schuyler.

The public is invited. Please contact the National Maritime Historical Society at 914 737-7878, ext. 0, or email if you plan to attend. A $5 to $10 donation is appreciated. If you would also like to join NMHS and the speaker for lunch following the presentation, it is $25 prepaid, with cash bar. Reservations required.

For more information on the complete lineup of seminars as it is finalized, please check back with the Charles Point Council page for ongoing updates.

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Nauticus to Purchase Schooner Virginia

The Norfolk City Council voted on Tuesday to approve a plan for the Nauticus Foundation to buy the schooner Virginia. Under the proposed plan, Virginia would be docked next to the battleship Wisconsin and used for educational programming.

CREDIT: Mark Krasnow Photography

CREDIT: Mark Krasnow Photography

Nauticus, an interactive science and technology center that explores the naval, economic, and nautical power of the sea, is run by the city of Norfolk and supported by the nonprofit Nauticus Foundation. It is home to the Battleship Wisconsin and the Hampton Roads Naval Museum. Using a $1 million state grant to cover the purchase of the schooner and seed a fund for future maintenance and repairs, Nautilus plans to use Virginia as part of Sail Nauticus, a program that gives underprivileged children around Hampton Roads access to the water.

The program teaches kids about character and teamwork, and builds science and math skills.

A reproduction of the last all sail vessel built for the Virginia Pilot Association, Virginia was built in Norfolk between 2002 and 2004, and sailed for the Virginia Maritime Heritage Foundation as an educational platform. She has sailed up and down the Atlantic coast, as well as to international destinations such as Trinidad, Bermuda, and Prince Edward Island. A reduction in state funding for the program made it increasingly difficult for the VMHF to meet operating costs, and the organization put the schooner up for sale last year.

Photo: Virginia Maritime Heritage Foundation

Virginia and Pride of Baltimore II. Photo: Virginia Maritime Heritage Foundation

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CBMM Announces Boat Auction

CBMM_OverstockBoatAuction_April28-May1The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) is holding its very first sealed-bid boat auction. Due to a large number of recent boat donations, up to 20 in-the-water boats—ranging in size and performance from cabin cruisers and sport fisherman to sailing yachts—will be auctioned off to each boat’s highest bidder. The boats will be available to preview at CBMM beginning on Thursday, April 28 and continuing during museum hours until all sealed bids are due at noon on Sunday, May 1.

A suggested value will be provided for each boat; sealed bids will be opened on Monday, May 2, with all successful bidders then notified of their purchases. Auctioned boats are sold as is, and must be removed from CBMM’s docks no later than 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. The museum will process all taxes and the transfer of title and registration for each successful bidder.

The spring overstock auction is in addition to CBMM’s annual Labor Day weekend live auction on Saturday, September 3, when more than 100 boats will be on land and in the water for the highest bidders to take home. Proceeds from both events benefit the children and adults served by the non-profit museum.

Through a generous grant from the Miles River Yacht Club Foundation, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will be addressing boater safety at the overstock sealed-bid auction by providing a 4-pack of life jackets with each boat auctioned off at the event.

Full details can be found here.

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