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Join Us for the Charles Point Council Book Talk: “Wreck of the Ten Sail”

The National Maritime Historical Society
Invites You to Join Us for
“Wreck of the Ten Sail”
A Presentation & Book Signing
with Award-Winning Historical Novelist William H. White

Saturday, 26 April, 2014
Coffee is at 10:30 am. Presentation begins at 11:00 am.
Hendrick Hudson Free Library, 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548

Award-winning historical novelist William H. White will host a special presentation and book signing of his new Edward Ballantyne novel Gun Bay, which tells the story of 10 British ships shipwrecked off Grand Cayman Island in the Caribbean in 1794. They were part of a convoy of fifty-eight ships that had left Jamaica only a few days prior bound for North America and England.

Edward Ballantyne, White’s fictitious narrator from When Fortune Frowns, returns to tell the story of this disastrous event, still well-known in Cayman folklore. Laced with White’s realistic language of the period, his knowledge of sailing ships, and understanding of offshore navigation, Gun Bay is an exciting and entertaining read not just for aficionados of the genre, but of anyone seeking a great adventure tale.

Author William H. White

Author William H. White

William H. White has been a historian specializing in 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 served as an officer in the United States Navy and serves on the board of trustees of the USS Constitution Museum in Boston and the Lynx Educational Foundation. He has been named a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, a trustee of Operation Sail, Inc. and is an overseer of the National Maritime Historical Society.

The public is invited. Please contact the National Maritime Historical Society at 914-737-7878, ext. 0 if you plan to attend. A $5 donation is appreciated. If you would also like to join us for lunch following the presentation, it is $22 prepaid, with cash bar. Reservations required.

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Preserving South Street Seaport: A Book Talk, at SSSM’s Bowne Printers

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 4:00pm
Bowne Printers: South Street Seaport Museum

209 Water Street
New York, NY 10068

Sail into spring with a book talk by JPreserving SS_Fullames M. Lindgren, author of the recently published Preserving South Street Seaport: The Dream and Reality of a New York Urban Renewal District. Lindgren will be introduced by Jonathan Boulware, Interim President of South Street Seaport Museum.

A book signing and refreshments will follow the event.


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Dewey Flagship Olympia to remain in Philadelphia

Olympia with the BALAO-class submarine Becuna; courtesy the Independence Seaport Museum

Olympia with the BALAO-class submarine Becuna; courtesy the Independence Seaport Museum

The Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia has announced that it will be retaining stewardship of USS Olympia.

The sole surviving  naval ship of the Spanish-American War, Olympia carried the body of the Unknown Soldier from France to the United States in 1921. Olympia is a National Historic Landmark, a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark, on the National Register of Historic Places, and part of the Save America’s Treasures program.

In 2011 the museum, citing the costs of repairing and maintaining the vessel, began a search for an outside party to take over stewardship of Olympia. Of the six that submitted proposals, the South Carolina Olympia Committee and the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation were still under consideration until recently.

Check back with the Independence Seaport Museum for updates.

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Mariners’ Museum Outing Offers Extensive Visit Aboard Liberty Ship John W. Brown

The Bronze Door Society of The Mariners’ Museum is sponsoring a motorcoach tour 13-15 June, featuring a six-hour “Voyage Into History” in upper Chesapeake Bay aboard the WWII Liberty Ship SS John W. Brown. The entire ship will be open to guests, including the magnificent 140-ton triple expansion steam engine.

The trip will include a guided tour of the US Naval Academy, a visit to Fort McHenry,  two evenings in the spectacular Baltimore Marriot Waterfront Hotel and dinners at top Baltimore restaurants.

Other attractions in Baltimore Harbor include the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, the 18th century frigate USS Constellation, Chesapeake Bay lightship and USS Torsk—a WWII submarine.

Click HERE for more information.



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27th Antique & Classic Boat Festival comes to CBMM June 13–15

Wooden classics, vintage race boats, and other antique and Chesapeake Bay-related boats are coming to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) this June 13–15 for the 27th annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival in St. Michaels, MD. Hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS). This year, the festival features a selection of Chesapeake Bay-built workboats, including the Chesapeake deadrise and buyboat, which can be seen dockside during the weekend festival. Boat rides on a traditional Chesapeake workboat will be offered by CBMM throughout the three-day festival.

More than 100 wooden classics and vintage boats will be on land and in the water for this ACBS-judged boat show. Boats range from runabouts to yachts, including race boats, work boats, launches, hydroplanes, and utilities. Owners of some of the restored yachts and cabin cruisers will offer boarding along CBMM’s docks, with Saturday noted as the best day for walk-on tours.

Along with the East Coast’s largest collection of antique and classic boats, the festival’s signature Arts at Navy Point pavilion brings 70 juried fine artists, craftspeople, and vendors to St. Michaels, offering nautical and maritime-themed items for boat and home.

CBMM_ACBF_ChrisCraftDetailFestival admission includes entrance to CBMM’s new special exhibits, Carvers at the Crossroads in the Waterfowling Building, and Navigating Freedom: The War of 1812 on the Chesapeake Bay in the Steamboat Building. During the festival, visitors will have full access to CBMM’s 12 exhibit buildings, including the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse.

Festival hours are Friday, June 13, from 11 am to 5 pm; Saturday, June 14, from 10 am to 5 pm; and Sunday, June 15, from 10 am to 2 pm. The festival includes admission to all museum exhibits where authentic Chesapeake boats, cultures, and traditions are highlighted. The event is free for CBMM members and children under six, or $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and students with ID; and $6 for children 6-17. Boat rides and food are an additional cost. For more information, call 410-745-2916 or visit


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SSV Oliver Hazard Perry: America’s Newest Tall Ship

America’s newest tall ship, the 200-foot Oliver Hazard Perry, will be sailing on two voyages this fall: from Newport, RI, to Bermuda, departing 21 September and arriving 28 September; and from Bermuda to Portland, ME, departing 28 September and arriving 5 October. Both trips will offer courses on navigation and meteorology, with professional instructors from Ocean Navigator magazine, and every participant will serve as crew.

Just prior to these voyages, Oliver Hazard Perry will be sailing to Baltimore for the Star Spangled Spectacular, commemorating the bicentennial of the Star Spangled Banner. Spaces for this sail training voyage are also available.

Visit the website of Rhode Island’s tall ship for more details.


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Annual Meeting 15–17 May, 2014 in Erie, PA

We are delighted to announce that the National Maritime Historical Society is holding its Annual Meeting in partnership with the North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH) and the Canadian Nautical Research Society (CNRS) on 15–17 May, 2014 in Erie, Pennsylvania. Home of the Erie Maritime Museum and the US Brig Niagara, Erie holds a special place in the annals of history as the building site and homeport for the 1813 USS Niagara and USS Lawrence, flagships of Lt. Oliver Hazard Perry, the hero of the Battle of Lake Erie.

The business meeting will be conducted Saturday afternoon, 17 May. Always interesting, the NMHS annual meeting provides a good opportunity to learn more about what is going on with your Society. You can make your Annual Meeting Reservation online by clicking here; or by faxing, mailing or emailing the registration form; or by calling NMHS headquarters at 914 737-7878, ext. 0.

Special Events include a Thursday night behind-the-scenes tour of the Erie Maritime Museum followed by a welcome reception.  Friday afternoon Captain Walter Rybka will lead a tour aboard the brig Niagara. At dinner on Friday night there will be an opportunity to “dine with a presenter.”  (Please contact us for details and to make arrangements). Saturday afternoon enjoy a tour of the only three lighthouses along the Western Peninsula. This is a rare opportunity—these lighthouses are not open to the public! Saturday evening join us for the conference closing reception and banquet at the Ambassador Conference Center. Any time during the conference, enjoy self-guided tours of Erie’s downtown historic sites and Museum and board the free Erie Bayliner Trolley. The Erie Art Museum (open Saturday/Sunday) and the Erie County Historical Society (open Saturday only) are offering discounted admission to conference participants.

All registration fees for the conference include continental breakfasts, lunches, receptions, and the Saturday banquet and lighthouse tour.

Member (NMHS, CNRS, Erie Maritime, or NASOH): $229
Non-member: $299
Student: $125
One-day registration: Thursday $80; Friday $80; Saturday $140
*Registration does not include Friday night’s dinner

The Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel is the preferred hotel for Meeting attendees.  The hotel is located at 55 West Bay Drive in Erie, Pennsylvania—within walking distance of the Museum conference. Phone: 814 454-2005.We have a great rate of $129 per night; we recommend you make your reservation now. Be sure to use the code North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH) to get the group rate.

Reserve your spot at the Annual Meeting today!  Reserve online by clicking here; or by faxing, mailing or emailing the registration form; or by calling NMHS headquarters at 914 737-7878, ext. 0.

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Charles Point Council Seminar: Ghosts of Cape Horn

Ghosts of Cape Horn, A Documentary Film & Presentation with
NMHS President Burchenal Green

Saturday, 22 March 2014
Hendrick Hudson Free Library
185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548
Coffee is at 10:30 am. Presentation begins at 11:00 am.

wreck of Lady Elizabeth

The Lady Elizabeth.

NMHS president Burchenal Green will host the great classic documentary Ghosts of Cape Horn. This one-hour documentary by James Donaldson grew out of the work of NMHS curator-at-large Peter Throckmorton on the ships abandoned on the Falkland Islands after being worsted in the battle to round Cape Horn at the tip of South America the hard way, from east to west, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The film opens in a force-10 gale and the story is carried on footage made on the decks of ships that battled these storms, including Alan Villiers’s full-rigger Joseph Conrad in the 1930s and Irving Johnson’s Peking from 1929. The abandoned ships, both iron and wood, include the Vicar of Bray of 1841, last survivor of the Gold Rush of 1849, and the Lady Elizabeth, a barque of 1879. Throckmorton leads a crew making the casting of the stern carving of the packet ship Charles Cooper which is now on display at NMHS headquarters.

Peter Throckmorton

Peter Throckmorton

Encompassing the stories that led to these wrecks, the film embraces the heritage of sailing ships before our time.  As Walter Cronkite said in his review of the documentary, “For all of us who follow the sea, Ghosts of Cape Horn is an open doorway to a vital heritage of man. Cross its threshold, and the world of ships and seafaring will never look the same!”

The public is invited. Please contact the National Maritime Historical Society at 914-737-7878, ext. 0 if you plan to attend. A $5 donation is appreciated. If you would also like to join us for lunch following the presentation, it is $20 prepaid, with cash bar. Reservations required.

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Penobscot Marine Museum Launches Maine Boatbuilding Forum

Boat building is an important part of Maine’s cultural and economic life, bringing millions of dollars into the state and providing thousands of jobs. This March, Penobscot Marine Museum launches the Maine Boatbuilding Forum, a monthly conversation with boat builders about the “how” and “why” of the boats they build, and to look at ideas, trends and controversies in the boating world. Maine Coastal News publisher Jon Johansen will serve as moderator.

Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 2pm
Schooners, with Captains Doug and Linda Lee, Captain John Foss, Captain Havilah Hawkins, Captain Bill Brown, Captain Steven Pagels, Captain Dan Miller, Captains Kate Kana and Zander Parker, and Captain John Worth.
Join schooner builders and the captains who sail them as they debate which type of schooner is best for the windjammer trade and who is going to win this year’s Schooner Race.

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7pm
Small Wooden Boats, with boat builders Dale Cottrell, Greg Rossel, Richard Stanley, Chris Stickney and others.
Join the small boat builders of Penobscot Bay who create the craft that allow us enjoy a day of rowing and sailing, and trailer it home at the end of the day. Expect a lively discussion of updated designs versus staying true to tradition, power tools versus hand tools and how to walk away with the boat of your dreams.

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 7pm
Boat Builders of Mount Desert Island, with boat builders Richard Helmke, Richard and Ralph Stanley, and others.
Mount Desert Island is home to high-end yacht builders, lobster boat builders, and traditional sloop builders. Join us for a discussion of how a 108 mile square island’s boat designers can cater to the summer residents, the lobstermen and commercial fishermen still plying the waters just offshore, and everyone in between.

The talks will be at the Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, Route One, Searsport, Maine. Tickets are $8 members and $10 non-members. For more information, go to or call 207 548-2529 or 207 548-

Schooner Heritage captains Doug and Linda Lee will speak at the March 8th Maine Boatbuilding Forum
Schooner Heritage captains Doug and Linda Lee
will speak at the March 8th Maine Boatbuilding Forum
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Docklands History Group Annual Conference

Saturday May 10, 2014 – Saturday May 10, 2014

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The Docklands History Group will be holding their annual conference on Saturday, 10 May 2014, at the Museum of London Docklands, West India Quay, Hertsmere Road, London E14 4AL.

The theme of this year’s conference is Conflict, Commerce and Community: London’s Port and Docklands in the First World War.

For a full program and booking information please go to


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