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Crucial Victory on Lake Champlain – 11 September, 1814

Crucial Victory on Lake Champlain – 11 September, 1814
America’s Second War for Independence (1812 – 1815)

The War of 1812, also known as America’s Second War for Independence, was a contest to see if a free, republican form of government could survive.  Read about Commodore Thomas Macdonough’s Crucial Victory on Lake Champlain on this day in 1814.

 

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Sneak Preview of our Fantastic Auction Items

In addition to honoring Charles H. Townsend and Captain Cesare Sorio and paying tribute to Peter Stanford, two of the many exciting features of our Annual Awards Dinner are the LIVE and SILENT auctions! Even if you are not able to attend, you can still participate and support the National Maritime Historical Society. Let us do the bidding for you!

Call  914-737-7878 ext. 0 to be set up with your own personal bidding representative. Be sure to place your highest bid with your representative, who will bid in increments from the starting bid up to your highest bid. All items will be available to bid on the night of the event, 26 October 2016. Telephone bids have been extended until Tuesday 25 October at 12:00 Noon EST.

LIVE AUCTION ITEMS

1. Renowned marine artist John Stobart has generously donated a spectacular oil painting to honor his friend, the late Peter Stanford.

‘Aucoot Cove: The View to Converse Point’

Stobart Aucoot Cove The View to Converse Point FRAMEDIn the picturesque area of Massachusetts known as South Coast lies Aucoot Cove, a body of water shared with the towns of Mattapoisett on the west and Marion on the east.

This setting provides fascinating subject matter in an undeveloped rural paradise.  

On a mostly sunny day, dotted with few clouds, one can see clearly from Mattapoisett across the cove to Converse Point. The foreground offers a peek into the lives of casual boaters enjoying the day perhaps fishing for dinner.

Stobart_painting_SMMedium: Oil on Canvas
Size Unframed: 12” x 19”
Size Framed: 22” x 29”
Year: 2012

Donated by: John Stobart

Opening Bid: $50,000
Value: $70,000

2. Cruise for Two on the Queen of the Mississippi – 7 nights
queen-of-the-mississippiEnjoy a seven-night cruise for two aboard Queen of the Mississippi in the summer of 2017. With just 150 passengers, the cruise provides the finest travel experience to the Mississippi’s most beautiful places. The winner may select any 7-night cruise in 2017 and will receive a cabin category AAC or better. Cruise selection must be made by October 1, 2017.
Donated By: American Cruise Lines
Value: $10,650

3. Private Charter Aboard Yacht Manhattan for Forty (40) Guests
Yacht Manhattan 40SM Enjoy a 2-hour private charter aboard the yacht Manhattan with up to forty (40) guests and an open bar! This gorgeous buff-hulled 80-foot, twenties-style yacht offers elegance and comfort, wrapped in turn-of-the-century tradition. She is equipped with teak decks and mahogany trim. Her spectacular cabin features an all-glass observatory, cushioned seating and a well-appointed bar, all of which provides you and your guests with stunning panoramic views of NYC. Departs from Chelsea Piers. Time to be mutually agreed upon. Gratuity is not included. Not valid on Saturdays; expires December 31, 2017.
Donated By: Classic Harbor Line and Scarano Boat Building
Value: $4,000

4. Star Clipper Cruise for 2 Guests, up to 7 nights
starclipperscruisescomsm-300x192A true clipper ship, the Star Clipper reflects her proud heritage in every inch of polished brass. The ship is intimate with spacious accommodations for just 170 passengers. Expansive teak decks provide ample space for relaxation and recreation. Whether you decide to glide among the emerald-clad islands of the Caribbean, enjoy the once in a lifetime adventure of an epic ocean crossing, be charmed by the ancient, sun-warmed ports of the Mediterranean or be intrigued by the mysteries of the Far East and Central America, each and every voyage aboard Star Clippers will be a little bit different from the one before – or after. Enjoy an outside category ‘4’ cabin for 2 guests for a 7 night cruise. Port charges, gratuities, air, transfers and fuel surcharge not included. Holiday sailings excluded. Subject to availability, no changes allowed after booking, not transferable, no cash value. Based on space available; the requested date will not be confirmed before 30 days prior to departure. Expires December 15, 2017.
Donated By: Star Clipper
Value: $8,200

5. Educational Initiatives
Take advantage of this opportunity to contribute to the NMHS education programs that introduce students to ecology, science, technology, engineering, math, history and hands-on sailing, through experiential learning programs which excite young people about our maritime past and future.

SILENT AUCTION ITEMS

sextantSimex Mariner Sextant
Mint-condition Simex Mariner sextant. The sextant measures the angle between a celestial body and the horizon (sighting the object or taking a sight). The angle measured and the time at which it was measured is then used to identify the location of the user on the grid map of the world. Sextants have been successfully used by seamen since 1757.
Donated By: George W. Carmany III
Value: $1,200
Starting Bid: $800 / Bid Increments: $100

Muller ViewFromSouthStView from South Street, New York in 1892 by William G. Muller
Sold-out artist proof.  In this moonlit view, we are looking over the East River and Brooklyn Bridge from South Street at Fulton Ferry, as the full-rigged ship Largo Law sets sail in 1892. Museum quality framed.  Sheet Size: 27″ x 35 5/8″. Signed and Numbered 22/50.
Donated By: William G. Muller
Value: $975
Starting Bid: $600 / Bid Increments: $50

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New York Harbor During the Great Steamship Era, 1935 by William G. Muller
In this nostalgic scene, the legendary new French Liner Normandie steams out of port past the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty, while the Cunard Liner Aquitania arrives from Europe in 1935. Museum quality framed.  Sheet Size: 24 1/2″ x 34″. Signed and Numbered 468/525.
Donated By: William G. Muller
Value: $450
Starting Bid: $300 / Bid Increments: $50

Tuaga-correa-turk-braceletrk’s-Head 7″ Sterling Silver Bracelet
Beautiful sterling silver women’s bracelet with three strand braiding and clasp. This Turk’s-head piece is individually hand woven, and therefore, no two pieces of the same design are identical. The exact origin of  the Turk’s-head is unknown, however,  the design dates back to ancient Egyptians and has been used aboard wooden ships for millennia.  Width 3/8″ (10mm).
Donated By: A. G. A. Correa
Value: $1,500
Starting Bid: $1,200 / Bid Increments: $100

Set of 2 Bolero Sail Plans,  Built by Henry B. Nevins, 1949
Designed by Sparkman & Stephens
Signed by Olin Stephens

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Bolero is a classic `maxi’ ocean racer and was considered the ultimate example of an ocean racer in the 1950’s. Bolero was a regular participant in major races, and served as the Flagship of the New York Yacht Club. In 1955, she was sold to a well-known Swedish yachtsman who extended her successful racing career on both sides of the Atlantic. After some years of neglect she was bought by her present owners in 2000. A major restoration was carried out at the Brewer Pilots Point Marina in Westbrook, Connecticut, in 2001–2002. Since then she has cruised and raced in New England, the Chesapeake, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean. LOA 73.5’, LWL 51’, Beam 15.1’, Draft 9.5’, Displacement 94,000 lbs. Set of two—each museum quality frame. Serigraph on Coventry rag paper.
Donated By: Sparkman & Stephens
Value: $1,500
Starting Bid: $1,200 / Bid Increments: $100

bay-light-demersBay Light: Artist Proof by Don Demers
Bay Ligh
t is a sailor’s delight: wind, water, blue skies, and the lovely afternoon sunlight pouring across the sails. No competition here, just a happy coincidence of two boats heading out for a perfect sail. Limited Edition Artist Proof. Museum quality framed. Signed and Numbered. Giclée Canvas. Size: 24″ wide, 18″ high.
Donated By: Don Demers
Value: $625
Starting Bid: $450 / Bidding Increments: $50

Waiting for the Tide by Linda Norton
The watercolor was inspired by the artist’s visit to South Street Seaport, NYC.  It was named in a National Maritime Historical Society contest in 2015 by the winner, Richard Biller. Museum quality framed. Giclée print. Signed and Numbered. 1/150.  Sheet Size: 19.5” x 29.5”.
Donated By: Linda Norton
Value: $500
Starting Bid: $300 / Bidding Increments: $25

nyycAn Evening at the New York Yacht Club
Enjoy a lovely evening for two at the beautiful New York Yacht Club in New York City. The package includes dinner, an overnight guestroom and breakfast (does not include alcoholic beverages). Certificate expires  October  2017.
Donated By: New York Yacht Club
Value: $600
Starting Bid: $400 / Bidding Increments: $50

03 AIANY Architecture Tour Yacht ManhattanSM

Two Tickets for AIANY around Manhattan Architecture Tour Aboard Yacht Manhattan
Hosted by architect-members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the New York City architecture tour will take you on a full circumnavigation of the island of Manhattan. You will take in the “starchitecture” of the West Side, skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan, and the icons of the East River in this 2 hour 45 minute cruise. These pillars of strength can be viewed in comfort and style, from the climate-controlled, enclosed back-deck observatory or from the open bow for fresh air and sunlight. Light hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beer, wine, or champagne is included. Departs from Chelsea Piers. Gratuity is not included. Not valid on Saturdays; expires December 31, 2017.
Donated By: Classic Harbor Line and Scarano Boat Building
Value: $156
Starting Bid: $120 / Bid Increments: $20

O-Clearwater2Sail for 2 on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Experience the Hudson River aboard Clearwater, an authentic working tall-ship and join in “all hands to the halyards” to help hoist the sails to the rhythm of a traditional sea shanty. Steer the boat with the 11-foot tiller and experience the Clearwater tradition of a moment of silence and reflection. Learn about the Hudson River’s history, biology and environmental concerns and relax out on the water. For 2017 sailing season.
Donated By: Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Value: $100
Starting Bid: $70 / Bid Increments: $10

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Maritime Book Selection
A Dream of Tall Ships
Signed by Peter and Norma Stanford
A Dream of Tall Ships: How New Yorkers came together to save the city’s sailing-ship waterfront, by Peter & Norma Stanford, with an introduction by John Stobart, is a lively account of a great urban adventure beginning in the 1960s with two New Yorkers committed to creating a maritime museum in Manhattan’s old sailing ship waterfront—the South Street Seaport Museum.
Donated By: National Maritime Historical Society
Starting Bid: $40 / Bid Increments: $10

07 St James Club St LuciaSM

St. James’s Club, Morgan Bay, St. Lucia; 7 nights of accommodations, for up to two rooms, double occupancy
Set amid 25 acres of lush hillside gardens tucked into a private cove on the northern coast of St. Lucia, this all-inclusive beachfront resort features 345 well-appointed guest rooms and suites offering stunning ocean and tropical garden views. Enjoy the day exploring an array of water sports and land activities. Certificate provides 7 nights of accommodations for up to two rooms and is subject to a required supplement of $115-$215 per person, per night, based on double occupancy and travel dates. Supplement covers all dining, beverages, resort activities, service charges and gratuities. Government taxes are not included. Supplement and taxes are collected at the time of booking. Accommodations are subject to availability. Additional surcharge will apply Dec 21–Jan 3 & Feb 7–21. All travel must be completed by December 20, 2018. Air transportation is not included. Elite Island Resorts can assist the winners with air travel plans, as they have access to all airline fares and availability.
Donated By: Elite Island Resorts
Value: $2,100
Starting Bid: $1,000 / Bid Increments: $100

Maritime Book Selection by Author William H. White
white-photoSigned 9-Book Collection
William H. White has been an historian specializing in the maritime heritage and American involvement in the Age of Sail for most of his adult life. A life-long sailor himself, he continues to sail and race actively in his home waters. He has sailed under square rig, giving him a knowledgeable and first hand insight to the complex workings of the vessels about which he writes. He served as an officer in the United States Navy in the ’60’s and was actively involved in naval operations for three years in Vietnam.
Donated By: William H. White
Starting Bid: $100 / Bid Increments: $10

St James Club AntiguaSM

St. James’s Club, Antigua; 7 Nights of Accommodations, for up to Two Rooms, Double Occupancy
Experience a private 100-acre tropical peninsula on Antigua’s southeastern coast where clear turquoise waters surround your own private oasis. Two magnificent white-sand beaches, six pools, four distinct restaurants, non-motorized water sports, tennis & fitness center, supervised kids activities, spa and nightly entertainment. Certificate provides accommodations for up to two rooms and is subject to a required supplement of $125-$225 per person, per night, based on double occupancy and travel dates. Supplement covers all dining, beverages, resort activities, service charges and gratuities. Government taxes are not included. Supplement and taxes are collected at the time of booking. Accommodations are subject to availability. Additional surcharge will apply Dec 21–Jan 3 & Feb 7–21. All travel must be completed by December 20, 2018. Air transportation is not included. Elite Island Resorts can assist the winners with air travel plans as they have access to all airline fares and availability.
Donated By: Elite Island Resorts
Value: $2,800
Starting Bid: $1,000 / Bid Increments: $100

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Global Terminals—Visit a State-of-the-Art Container Terminal
Ride the elevator to the top of a container crane (160’) and operate the crane under the supervision of John Atkins, president of Global Terminals. Mr. Atkins will also give you and two friends an extensive tour with lunch. The terminal is located at: 302 Port Jersey Blvd., Jersey City, New Jersey.  Expires December 31, 2017.
Donated By: Global Terminals
Value: Priceless
Starting Bid: $200 / Bid Increments: $25

thomson-printView from the Battery, 1829, by Thos. Thomson
Limited edition print reproduced from the original lithograph. Museum quality framed and matted. Sheet Size: 17” x 31”.
Donated By:David Vietor and  National Maritime Historical Society
Value:$375
Starting Bid: $250 / Bid Increments: $50

Verandah Resort AntiguaSM

The Verandah Resort & Spa, Antigua; 7 Nights of Accommodations, for up to Two Rooms, Double Occupancy
The Verandah is a luxury, all-suite, eco-friendly Caribbean beachfront resort with two spectacular white-sand beaches, four pools, nature trails to historic Devil’s Bridge, three dining options, tennis & fitness center, non-motorized water sports, kids club & mini cinema, and the world-class Spa Tranquility (additional fee). Certificate provides accommodations for up to two rooms and is subject to a required supplement of $125-$225 per person, per night, based on double occupancy and travel dates. Supplement covers all dining, beverages, resort activities, service charges and gratuities. Government taxes are not included. Supplement and taxes are collected at the time of booking. Accommodations are subject to availability. Additional surcharge will apply Dec 21–Jan 3 & Feb 7–21. All travel must be completed by December 20, 2018. Air transportation is not included. Elite Island Resorts can assist the winners with air travel plans as they have access to all airline fares and availability.
Donated By: Elite Island Resorts
Value: $2,400
Starting Bid: $1,000 / Bid Increments: $100

hornblower-mapMap 26 – Bomb Vessels’ Action of Rugen Hornblower
Original map of Bomb Vessels’ Action of Rugen.
Also included is the Hornblower Companion by C. S. Forester that provides a historical naval context to the adventures of the hero of his many books, Horatio Hornblower.

Unframed. Size: 14” x 18 ½”
Donated By:H.C. Bowen Smith
Value: Priceless
Starting Bid: $500 / Bid Increments: $100

02 America 2.0SM

Two Tickets for 2-Hour Sail aboard Schooner Adirondack or America 2.0
See New York like you never have on this 2-hour sail aboard the Adirondack, a wooden 80-foot pilot schooner. Within five minutes of leaving the dock, you’ll forget the mayhem and noise of Manhattan street life, and you’ll feel the relaxing breeze of New York Harbor! Departs from Chelsea Piers. Gratuity is not included. Not valid on Saturdays; expires December 31, 2017.
Donated By: Classic Harbor Line and Scarano Boat Building
Value: $164
Starting Bid: $120 / Bid Increments: $20

Palm Island GrenadinesSM

Palm Island Resort, Grenadines;
7 Nights of Accommodations—16 Years and Over, for up to Two Rooms Double Occupancy
An exclusive, 135-acre private-island hideaway, situated near the southern tip of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, offers 5 dazzling white-sand beaches, sumptuous dining, non-motorized water sports, nature trails, tennis, fitness center, free-form swimming pool with waterfall, and spa treatments. Adults only. Certificate provides accommodations for up to two rooms and is subject to a required supplement of $140-$240 per person, per night, based on double occupancy and travel dates. Supplement covers all dining, beverages, resort activities, service charges and gratuities. Government taxes are not included. Supplement and taxes are collected at the time of booking. Accommodations are subject to availability. Additional surcharge will apply Dec 21–Jan 3 & Feb 7–21. All travel must be completed by December 20, 2018. Air transportation is not included. Elite Island Resorts can assist the winners with air travel plans as they have access to all airline fares and availability.
Donated By: Elite Island Resorts
Value: $3,000
Starting Bid: $1,000 / Bid Increments: $100

Los Establos PanamaSM

Los Establos Boutique Inn, Panama; 5 Nights of Accommodations for up to 3 Rooms, Double Occupancy
With panoramic views of the Baru Volcano, the suites at Los Establos Boutique Inn, winner of TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice Award 2013, are quiet hideaways with regional motif and artwork. Open the door to your private patio to let cool mountain air refresh you. In the evening, stroll along the paths of the hotel’s adjoining coffee plantation, and enjoy a coffee on the terrace overlooking the lush gardens. Certificate provides accommodations for up to three rooms for 5 nights and is subject to a required supplement of $115-$215 per person, per night, based on double occupancy and travel dates. Supplement covers all dining and beverages and 1 activity per day (Note: Activity not provided on day of arrival/departure). Government taxes are not included. Supplement and taxes are collected at the time of booking. Accommodations are subject to availability. Additional surcharge will apply during Christmas and February. All travel must be completed by December 20, 2018. Air transportation is not included. Elite Island Resorts can assist the winners with air travel plans as they have access to all airline fares and availability.
Donated By: Elite Island Resorts
Value: $2,400
Starting Bid: $1,000 / Bid Increments: $100

Hidden Harbor TourSMFour Tickets for Hidden Harbor Tour in NYC
The Working Harbor Committee will take you behind the scenes of the inner-workings of the bustling New York Harbor. You’ll be guided along an enlightening and inspiring adventure! Good for 4 seats on a 2-hour tour. Expires December 31, 2017.
Donated By: The Working Harbor Committee
Value: $160
Starting Bid: $100 / Bid Increments: $10

Kobrands_SMWine from Kobrand Corporation – Nardi Bruello 2003, 3 Bottles  
Nardi Bruello 2003, 3 Bottles (1.5 liters each). This delicious wine reveals gorgeous depth, richness and density in its dark red fruit, tobacco and licorice. Sweet floral notes ring out on the long, refined finish. This is a medium-bodied style of Brunello that can be enjoyed now or cellared.
Donated By: Kobrand Corporation and Marco Sorio
Value: $425
Starting Bid: $300 / Bid Increments: $50

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Silver Spinnaker Racer Duffel
Compact and sleek, yet with enough capacity to make it a great weekend carry-on or road trip bag. Perfect for  a day on the boat, too! Lightweight and durable rip stop outer fabric is both water- and stain-resistant.  Outside Dimensions (approx.):  12″H x 20″W x 12″D.
Donated By: Sailor Bags
Value: $99
Starting Bid: $75 / Bid Increments: $10

americaModel Ship of America’s Cup Racer by Raymond Guinta
Scale model of America’s Cup Racer.
An authentic copy of the famous schooner that participated in the races from New York to Bermuda. This boat is a beautiful example of the fat blue-water racers of a bygone era.
Case Size: 20″ x 24″.
Donated By: Model Ships by Ray Guinta
Value: $225
Starting Bid: $150 / Bid Increments: $25

mcallister-towing

Maritime Book Selection:
McAllister Towing: 150 Years of Family Business

McAllister Towing is known throughout the shipping industry today as one of the world’s most reliable and respected tugboat and marine transportation firms, towing barges, escorting ships, and providing docking services in twelve U. S. ports along the East Coast. Signed by Brian, Buckley and Eric McAllister.
Donated By: McAllister Towing
Starting Bid: $40 / Bid Increments: $5

NMHS Ship’s Store – GIFT BAG
Coasters, Trivet, Kaiulani Crystal Paperweight
Also includes a 2017 NMHS Calendar
Donated By: National Maritime Historical Society
Value: $55
Starting Bid: $40 / Bid Increments: $5

NMHS Ship’s Store – GIFT BAG
Blue Silk Bow Tie
Also includes a 2017 NMHS Calendar
Donated By: National Maritime Historical Society
Value: $50
Starting Bid: $35 / Bid Increments: $5

wavertree-shps-of-glassWavertree – Ships of Glass
Proudly handmade by artist Don Hardy in the USA, this beautiful and delicate glass ship is a replica of the Wavertree, a historic iron-hulled sailing ship built in 1885.
(Blue/green glass).
Donated By: Ships of Glass and Don & Kathy Hardy
Value: $275
Starting Bid: $175 / Bid Increments: $25

 

Let us do the bidding for you!

Call 914-737-7878 ext. 0 to be set up with your own personal bidding representative. Please know that telephone bids have been extended until Tuesday October 25 at 12:00 Noon EST.

Check back often for more items!

Thank you to all of our donors for these fantastic items. We truly  appreciate your generosity and wonderful support.

American Cruise Lines
George W. Carmany III
A.G.A. Correa
Classic Harbor Line and Scarano Boat Building
Don Demers
Elite Island Resorts
Global Terminals
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Kobrand Corporation and Marco Sorio
Model Ships by Ray Guinta
McAllister Towing
William G. Muller
New York Yacht Club
Linda Norton
Pearl Sea Cruises
Quarto Publishing Group USA
Sailor Bags
Ships of Glass
Star Clipper
John Stobart
Dudley Waterman and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics
Whillian H. White
The Working Harbor Committee


 Details

Winner is responsible for shipping costs. Pick-up is also available.

All items will be available to bid on the night of the event, October 26, 2016, so be sure to place your highest bid with your representative, who will bid in increments up to your highest bid. Payment information in the form of a credit card will be collected at the time of your bid, but the payment will not be processed unless yours is the winning bid on October 26, 2016. If you are the winning bidder, we will notify you by email or phone, charge your credit card for payment and make arrangements for shipping or pickup. Additional payment for shipping will then be charged.

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In the Pages of Sea History 156

Sea History 156 is in the mail and on the newsstands. Just look at what’s in this issue:

 

peking-wiki-commonsPeking is Homeward Bound, by Bill Bleyer
After more than 40 years at the dock at South Street Seaport Museum in New York, the 377-foot Flying-P Liner Peking, made famous in Irving Johnson’s mini-documentary Around Cape Horn, is preparing for a voyage back home to Hamburg, where she will be restored and become the centerpiece for a new German Port Museum.
Find this article in Featured Articles from Sea History.

 

underwater-archaeology-2_izikoSlave-ship Wrecked off Cape Town: The Slave Wrecks Project and the New National Museum of African American History & Culture, by Deirdre O’Regan, with Fleur Paysour and Abigail Benson
The archaeological investigation of a slave-ship wreck site off Cape Town provides the first opportunity for researchers to learn more about this difficult part of our history through shipwreck remains. Some of the artifacts will be on display at the opening of the Smithsonian’s newest museum this fall.

dahlgren-croppedJohn A. Dahlgren—Lincoln’s Seasick Naval Genius, by James H. Bruns
As the first shots were fired at Fort Sumter, the defense of the nation’s capital fell to the lieutenant in charge of the Washington Navy Yard, John Dahlgren. A personal friend of President Lincoln, Dahlgren was a scientific and ballistics expert who would revolutionize gunnery for the Union.

National History Day Prizes in Maritime History, Sponsored by NMHS
This year’s winners of the NMHS Special Prizes in Maritime History covered topics from Charles Darwin and Ernest Shackleton to the Panama Canal and the Lost Colony of Roanoke; learn more about this annual event for middle and high school students and how NMHS encourages young scholars to pursue topics in maritime history for their entries.

maury-whale-chart-8-25Whales Tales: Matthew Fontaine Maury and the American Quest for the Northwest Passage, by John Grady
In the race to find the fabled Northwest Passage across North America, US Navy Lt. Matthew Fontaine Maury, superintendent of the National Observatory, collected mountains of data from the logbooks of thousands of whalemen who sailed the world’s oceans and recorded their observations on whales, weather, and currents, hoping to find clues that would lead him to it.

 

portclydemist18x24-copyEn Plein Air, by Neal Hughes
Marine artist Neal Hughes discusses working “in the open air” and shows how the challenges of working outdoors in changing light and weather can pay off in the completed painting.

 

Plus, you’ll find the regular features you look forward to in every issue:

Deck Log
Letters
NMHS: A Cause in Motion
Marine Art News
Sea History for Kids
Ship Notes, Seaport & Museum News
Calendar
Maritime History on the Internet
Book Reviews

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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Receives $80K Grant

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland, has received an $80,000 grant from the Maryland Historical Trust’s Maryland Heritage Areas Authority program. The grant will help fund a new Small Craft Heritage Center project, projected to begin in 2017.

CBMM_MDHeritageGrant_SmallCraftCtr.-300x300The Small Craft Heritage Center will preserve and house the majority of CBMM’s smaller historic vessels currently stored in locations not accessible to CBMM members and guests. The museum preserves the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of the region’s watercraft, approximately 90 boats ranging in size from small gunning boats to the 65-foot 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle.

“With the largest collection of Chesapeake Bay water craft, CBMM is responsible for the maintenance and physical status of these crafts,” said CBMM Chief Curator Pete Lesher. “This Center will bring more of CBMM’s collections to the public while expanding our educational programming opportunities and additional exhibition space.”

CBMM_SmallCraft-300x200“We are beyond thrilled to have this opportunity to share the majority of our Chesapeake Bay vessels with our guests and visitors, as only 45% of our watercraft collection is currently accessible to the public,” commented CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “The Small Craft Heritage Center will allow us to tell a more authentic and complete story of Chesapeake heritage.”

 

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Time Running Out for Historic Falls of Clyde

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photo: Alexandre via Wikimedia Commons

The historic ship Falls of Clyde, long a fixture of the Honolulu waterfront, is awaiting a miracle. The ship, the world’s only surviving four-masted, full-rigged ship and the only surviving sailing oil tanker afloat, has been impounded by the Hawaii Department of Transportation Harbors Division. The ship has been berthed in Honolulu Harbor for the past seven years, but 2015 brought new urgency. The state announced plans to terminate the permit that allowed the Falls to be docked for free in its present location. Friends of the Falls of Clyde, the group that formed in 2008 to take ownership of the ship when the Bishop Museum announced that it would be unable to meet the daunting price tag of further maintenance and restoration work, stepped up its fundraising efforts, including initiating an Indiegogo campaign, which was unable to raise sufficient funds to get the ship into drydock that season.

This summer, the state gave the group the month of July to present a plan for getting the ship into drydock for restoration work; however, the plan was subsequently rejected, and the state revoked the dock permit, leading to the impound action, when access to the ship was closed off. A hearing followed on 25 August, when Friends of the Falls of Clyde appealed the state’s position and asked, again, to be allowed to work on the ship and resume fundraising efforts. The state’s decision is expected later this month.

We encourage all who are interested and want to lend their support to go to the website of the Friend of the Falls of Clyde, as well as its Facebook page, and the petition to save the ship. Learn more about her history here.

 

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Joint NASOH, NAFHA, SHNM Conference 2016

Periculum maris spes lucri superat:
Fisheries, Trade, Defense and the North Atlantic World

A Joint Conference of the North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH),
North Atlantic Fisheries History Association (NAFHA), and
the Society for the History of Naval Medicine (SHNM)
11–15 May 2016 in Portland, Maine

 

Periculum maris spes lucri superat. Taken from James Josselyn’s A Relation of Two Voyages to New-England, the Latin quote translates loosely to “The hope for money exceeds the dangers of the sea.” With that in mind, and the international connection of the North Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop, the 2016 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 processing and consumption of fish. Papers from graduate students and junior scholars with fresh approaches to maritime history are greatly encouraged, as are papers discussing the North Atlantic 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. SHNM also offers a Graduate Student Travel grant award. SHNM will present its Book Award at the conference. Please see the SHNM website for details. NAFHA envisages publishing a selection of fisheries related papers presented at the conference in its series Studia Atlantica and will be able to provide some limited travel support for non-American / non-European scholars presenting fisheries history related topics.

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, 2016. Please submit proposal packets electronically to the Program Committee’s Vic Mastone: victor.mastone@state.ma.us. NASOH or NAFHA members interested in serving as panel chairs should send an email to the program committee at the same address.

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Clearwater Campaign to “Float the Boat”

In autumn of 2009 the Clearwater organization began a five-year hull restoration project of the Hudson River sloop Clearwater. That winter, crew and shipwrights from Rondout Woodworking worked on the forward third of the vessel, replacing the frames, planks, stem knee, and parts of the cutwater. In 2012–2013 the crew continued with the aft third of the vessel, replacing the frames, planks, and major structural timbers. This winter, they will take on the middle section of the hull, and the transom.

Float-graphic-smClearwater has secured $425,000 from New York State towards the $850,000 cost of the project; they are seeking additional funds to further offset the total, and the Float the Boat campaign has been launched to meet that final cost. This the most expensive and most complicated overhaul in Clearwater‘s history.

Modeled after Dutch vessels that sailed the Hudson River in the 18th and 19th centuries, Clearwater was launched on May 17, 1969 from Harvey Gamage Shipyard in South Bristol, Maine, built for Clearwater founder Pete Seeger.  The sloop serves as a platform for environmental education and an emissary for environmental stewardship. In 2004, Clearwater was named to the National Register of Historic Places.

 

 

 

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Noble Maritime Collection Introduces a New Exhibit

Noble lighthouseThe Noble Maritime Collection will open its new exhibit, Robbins Reef Lighthouse: A Home in the Harbor, on 25 September at 6 PM. The exhibit, which will be on view through 2017, is a tribute to the lighthouse, including its history, its restoration, and representations by various artists, including Kathy Fieramosca, Denise Mumm, Robert Padovano, Pamela Talese, Len Tantillo, Dan Thompson, Sarah Yuster, William Behnken, Elle Finn, and  John Stobart.

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Mystic’s 36th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition and Sale

Jim Griffiths, “Dangerous Waters”, Gouache 12 ½ x 19 (Rieta Park/Mystic Seaport)

Jim Griffiths, “Dangerous Waters”, Gouache 12 ½ x 19 (Rieta Park/Mystic Seaport)

The 36th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition and Sale opens Sunday, 27 September, at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport. Award-winning artists from eight countries will be displaying pieces of the highest quality works of contemporary marine art. Paintings on display will include coastal scenes and marine wildlife as well as historic vessels, racing yachts, and working boats.

Participating artists include Laura Cooper, Richard Loud, Jeff Weaver, Don Demers, Russ Kramer, John Tayson, Patrick O’Brien, William Duffy, Elizabeth Mumford, Robert Lagasse, and Leif Nilsson. The exhibition will honor participating artists with five awards of excellence and nine named awards—including the Rudolph J. Schaefer Maritime Heritage Award, which recognizes the work that best documents America’s maritime heritage for future generations.

The exhibition and sale will run through 31 December; the works  can also be viewed on Mystic’s website.

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Competition to Design New Viking Age Museum in Oslo

There is a 2 December deadline to submit requests to participate; the winners will be announced in March. More details can be found here.
photo: Grzegorz Wysocki

photo: Grzegorz Wysocki

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