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Massachusetts State Budget Approves $2 Million to Fund Mayflower II Restoration

CREDIT: Plimoth Plantation, Mayflower II

CREDIT: Plimoth Plantation, Mayflower II

Massachusetts State Budget Approves $2 Million 
to Fund Mayflower II Restoration

Preservation Work Continues on the Historic Ship Given to America
as a Symbol of Friendship Nearly 60 Years Ago

Plymouth, MA–July 14, 2014 – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed the 2015 fiscal year budget which includes $2 million in funding for the restoration of Mayflower II on Friday, July 11, 2014. The iconic ship is a centerpiece exhibit of Plimoth Plantation and one of the Commonwealth’s leading tourism attractions, drawing millions of people from around the world to learn about the Pilgrims and the United States’ early Colonial history. The significant restoration of the 57-year-old wooden ship is scheduled for completion by 2020, the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival.

Funding will be used to complete an extensive round of repairs and restoration including replacing several planks, frames, and knees sourced from rare white oak. Further plans are to rebuild the topside half-deck, repair the transom, poop deck, and starboard half-deck. Gangway improvements, hemp-line rigging, sail replacement, and new paint are also planned.

Mayflower II was a gift to the people of the United States from the people of England in appreciation of America’s assistance during World War II.  In a message of goodwill read at Mayflower II’s launch in September of 1956, then Governor of Massachusetts, Christian A. Herter wrote, “I am stirred by the spirit of good will that prompted your people to give so generously to a craft that will soon sail far away. Godspeed your valiant ship to our shores.  We shall take loving care of it, and treasure it always as a living monument of friendship between our nations.”

The ship set sail from Plymouth, England on April 20, 1957 with a crew of 33 men. Arriving in Plymouth, Massachusetts 55 days later, she was greeted by large crowds and celebrations including tributes by Vice President Richard Nixon and Senator John F. Kennedy. Mayflower II’s journey was chronicled by some of the era’s leading publications, including Life Magazine, National Geographic, and was prominently reported by the international news media. Since then, the ship has been a beloved fixture on Plymouth’s historic waterfront, and an anchor for the town and region’s robust tourism economy.

Plimoth Plantation hopes that the State’s funding will bring further attention to Mayflower II’s unique and important role in American history and act as a catalyst for additional support for the ship’s educational mission and continued care.  Efforts are underway to fully fund the ship’s ongoing maintenance for decades to come.  For more information on Mayflower II and Plimoth Plantation, please visit their website at


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Coast Guard Art Program Presentation with Award-Winning Artist Karen Loew

The National Maritime Historical Society 
Invites You to Join Us for
a Coast Guard Art Program Presentation with Award-Winning Artist Karen Loew

CREDIT: Karen Loew, “Escorting the Harriet Lane”

Saturday, 27 September, 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 artist Karen Loew will host a special presentation of “Patriotism through Volunteerism,” on Saturday, 27 September. She will illustrate her talk with images of selected works from the COGAP Collection. As chair of the Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP) Ms. Loew has traveled across the globe to document activities of the Coast Guard and display her work. A recipient of the Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest recognition given to those who have made outstanding contributions in advancing the Coast Guard’s missions, Ms. Loew has had twenty-one paintings accepted into the Coast Guard Art Program Collection and is also a recipient of COGAP’s George Gray Award for Artistic Excellence for her work “Harbor Rendezvous,” shown below.  For more information on Ms. Loew, please visit

CREDIT: Karen Loew, “Harbor Rendezvous”

Today, the COGAP collection comprises over 1,800 works capturing the daily missions the nearly 42,500 men and women on active duty in the Coast Guard perform, including homeland security, search and rescue, marine environmental protection, drug interdiction, military readiness and natural resource management. Through displays at museums, libraries and patriotic events, COGAP uses fine art as an outreach tool for educating diverse audiences about the Coast Guard’s missions, heroes and history.

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.  Sign up here today, call us at 914-737-7878, ext. 0, or e-mail us at to reserve your place!

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Dinner & Narrated Cruise Aboard the Evening Star – Rescheduled to 6 August

The National Maritime Historical Society Invites You to Join Us for
Dinner & a Narrated Cruise Aboard the Evening Star

Evening Star

Wednesday 6 August, 2014 5:30–8:30 pm
Riverfront Green, 30 Hudson Avenue, Peekskill, NY

Join the National Maritime Historical Society and the crew of the Evening Star as we set sail from Peekskill Riverfront Green for a three-hour cruise on the Hudson River.  Enjoy the dramatic beauty and rich history of the Hudson Highlands as noted local historian and lecturer Scott Craven narrates.

The Evening Star is a former USCG Buoy Tender, built for the Coast Guard in Harvery, Louisiana, in 1966.  After being decommissioned it was converted in 1999 to a 34-passenger tour boat and operated on the Erie Canal for more than 10 years providing history trips for school children and public tours at local canal festivals.  Since 2011, local residents and visitors have enjoyed the Hudson scenery from its canopy-covered open deck.

Places on this exclusive Hudson River cruise are limited!  Cost per person is $45 and includes a box supper, a glass of wine or beer, and soft drinks.  Ample free parking is available.  Please remember to bring a light sweater or jacket for a cooler evening, and surely don’t forget your camera or binoculars!

 Sign up here today, call us at 914-737-7878, ext. 0, or e-mail us at to reserve your seat!

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Lafayette’s Hermione Voyage 2015

Credit: Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America

Credit: Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America

In 2015, a handcrafted replica of the Hermione,­ the 18th century frigate that brought the young Marquis de Lafayette with French troops back to General Washington, will set sail to the United States from Port des Barques, France—replicating a historic voyage that in 1780 changed the course in our quest for independence and re-affirming the historic relationship between the United States and France.

The transatlantic crossing is expected to take 27 days before landfall at Yorktown, Virginia, where the original Hermione took part in the blockade which led to the surrender of Lord Cornwallis and his army. It will then move up the coast accompanied by a traveling exhibition, close to Washington, DC, at Alexandria; to Philadelphia; New York; Greenport; Boston and then to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and home. Enthusiasts can track the Hermione’s itinerary and progress online at

Hermione Lafayette logoThe Friends of Lafayette-Hermione in America, a non-profit group, supports this exciting adventure—partnering alongside local heritage and nautical groups, students and teachers K-through-12, and many cultural organizations, museums and universities—with a full program of exciting educational, musical, culinary and special events scheduled at each port. To learn more, please visit


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Coast Guard Inaugural Art Exhibit – Federal Hall National Memorial

Coast Guard Inaugural Art Exhibit
Federal Hall National Memorial, 26 Wall Street, New York City
August 1 though September 19, 2014

Karen Loew - Escorting the Harriet Lane

Karen Loew – Escorting the Harriet Lane

Artwork depicting the United States Coast Guard’s multi-faceted missions will be on view in the Rotunda of the  Federal Hall National Memorial from August 1 though September 19, 2014.

Karen Loew - USCGC Nantucket at GTMO

Karen Loew – USCGC Nantucket at GTMO

The Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP) uses fine art as an outreach tool for educating diverse audiences about the United States Coast Guard, its people and missions. Through public displays at museums, galleries, libraries, and patriotic events, Coast Guard art tells the story of the service’s unique contribution to the nation in its multifaceted roles as a military, humanitarian and law enforcement organization.

 The Federal Hall National Memorial is located at 26 Wall Street in New York City, and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The exhibition is free and open to the public.  There are numerous ways to get to Federal Hall; public transportation is recommended and inoformation can be found at and

Karen Loew - To the Rescue

Karen Loew – To the Rescue

Images of the new works can be seen at  Simply open the exhibit tab on the left “2006 to present,” then open the table of contents and scroll to the listings near the bottom of the page beginning with 2014.  Works from Karen Loew, who will be our featured speaker at the Charles Point Seminar at Hendrick Hudson Free Library on 27 September, can be seen by clicking here.




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This Weekend on the Hudson River! Newburgh and Kingston Events

This Weekend on the Hudson River
 Tour the Niña and Pinta on the Newburgh Waterfront
Celebrate Hudson River Day in Kingston

Nina Pinta

CREDIT: The Columbus Foundation, British Virgin Islands

  Tour aboard the Niña & Pinta 18-20 July, 9am – 6pm
Memorial Ceremony for HMS Bounty & US Coast Guard Air/Sea Rescue Demonstration 19 July, 1pm
Riverfront Marina at 40 Front Street, Newburgh, NY

Celebrate the History and Future of the Hudson at Hudson River Day, 19 July, 11am – 5pm
Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY

This weekend the Hudson River is the place to be!

Newburgh, NY: Come join us at the Newburgh Riverfront Marina on 40 Front Street and enjoy a fantastic opportunity to board and tour two famous Columbus ship replicas – the Niña and Pinta.  The Niña was built completely by hand, and Archaeology magazine called her “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.”  The Pinta was built recently to accompany the Niña; the ships travel together as a sailing museum visiting ports all over the Western Hemisphere. See for more on these stunning caravels.

While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard and self-guided tour. Admission charges are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 60+, and $6 for students 5-16. Children 4 and under are free. The ships are open every day from 9 am – 6 pm.  No reservations are necessary. Please note that the ships are not wheelchair accessible.  Parking is available in the ferry parking lot at the southern end of Front Street.

On Saturday, 19 July at 1pm there will be a ceremony dedicating the memorial stone for the replica of the HMS Bounty. Commissioned by the Metro Goldwyn Mayer film studio for the 1962 film Mutiny on the Bounty and later used in the 1989 filming of Treasure Island with Charlton Heston, the ship had visited the Newburgh waterfront in the past and shared a special bond with the community. HMS Bounty sank on 29 October, 2012 along with its Captain Robin Walbridge after getting caught in high seas brought on by Hurricane Sandy.  HMS Bounty and Captain Walbridge were very good friends of NMHS and participated in many of our Hudson River events.  They are well missed and we support this tribute from Newburgh.  After the Memorial, at 2 pm the U.S. Coast Guard will demonstrate an air-sea rescue.

CREDIT: Hudson River Maritime Museum

CREDIT: Hudson River Maritime Museum

Kingston, NY:  Some 30 miles north of Newburgh, celebrate Hudson River Day on Saturday, 19 July from 11am-5pm at the Hudson River Maritime Museum at 50 Rondout Landing in Kingston.  Meet NMHS Chairman Ronald Oswald and Secretary Jean Wort.  Activities include steamboat rides, deck tours on the historic tug Pilot, rowing and kayaking demonstrations, boat-building and other free children’s activities, live music from local artists and local farm and food vendors.  Admission to the courtyard is free and open to the public, and admission to the museum is discounted. Some activities require a fee.  See for more information.

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National Maritime Heritage Grants

Applications are now being accepted for National Maritime Heritage Grants. Approximately $1,700,000 has been made available; education projects can request $25,000-$50,000, and preservation projects can request $50,000-$200,000. The application period runs from 23 June  to 23 September, 2014. The Maritime Heritage Program website has full details, including a history of the National Maritime Heritage Grants and links to begin the application process.

Past recipients of funding include the USS Hornet Museum, Mystic Seaport Museum, the Constellation Foundation, the USS Constitution Museum, the Mississippi River Museum,the Naval Historical Foundation, the City of Portland, Independence Seaport Museum, and the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (RIMAP), to name just a few. Projects range from restoration projects on historic vessels to museum exhibits to educational programs.



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Photography Exhibit at Penobscot Marine Museum

Lisa Tyson Ennis takes photographs the slow, old-fashioned way with medium and large format cameras, black and white film, and long exposures.

Fishing Weir Study IX Campobello by Lisa Tyson Ennis

Fishing Weir Study IX Campobello by Lisa Tyson Ennis

She hand-prints her images one by one in a traditional wet dark room. The subjects that intrigue her are also old-fashioned and disappearing. Her exhibit at Penobscot Marine Museum, What Once Was—Our Changing Fisheries, documents, in her haunting and unusual style, a pre-industrial way of making a living from the sea which is nearly extinct. The opening reception for Ennis’s exhibit is Saturday, 28 June, 4–6:00 pm in PMM’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main St, Searsport, Maine. The exhibit will be at PMM through Tuesday, 29 July .

Lisa Tyson Ennis lives in Lubec, Maine and is fascinated by weir fishing, a sustainable way of herring fishing which used to be practiced in Maine and is now only found in the Maritimes. She travels the coast and photographs weirs when she finds them, hoping to make a final record of these historic weirs before they disappear entirely. She also visits and photographs remote fishing communities in Newfoundland which can only be reached by boat.

Many of these remote communities are abandoned, having been “re-settled” by the government when cod fishing declined.

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Noble Maritime Collection Reception and Exhibition – Daily Life at Snug Harbor

The Trustees of the Noble Maritime Collection 
request the pleasure of your company at the opening reception for the exhibition
Daily Life at Sailors’ Snug Harbor

Sailors Snug Harbor 6-26-14

Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 6pm
The Noble Maritime Collection
1000 Richmond Terrace, Building D, Staten Island, New York

Authentic Sailors’ Snug Harbor cuisine from 1896 created by Catering by Framboise
$60 per person, $50 for museum members
Reservations encouraged; call (718) 4447-6490 or visit by June 23, 2014

Funding for the exhibition was provided, in part, by the Trustees and members of the Noble Maritime Collection, the Achelis Foundation, the Staten Island Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

PHOTO: The mat-maker and the basket-maker, from the Illustrated American, June 18, 1892.




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Come Join Us at the WoodenBoat Show in Mystic, CT!

Come and Join Us at the WoodenBoat Show
27-29 June, 2014 9 am-5 pm at Mystic Seaport
Tent B, Booth 14B

wooden boat show

One sure sign of the summer is the annual WoodenBoat Show, held this year 27–29 June in Mystic, Connecticut. Produced and presented by WoodenBoat magazine (celebrating their 40th anniversary), and hosted by Mystic Seaport, this year’s event promises docks and grounds lined with beautiful boats, tents filled with marine accessories, and Mystic Seaport flooded with wooden boat enthusiasts.  Come and meet us in Tent B, Booth 14B.  This is an event you won’t want to miss!

Features of the event will include a full schedule of in-water and on-land displays and skills demonstrations from the most traditional to the very modern, “I Built it Myself” exhibits, family boatbuilding, Skua racing and the fine craft of Tennessee’s Mahogany Heartthrobs.  Saturday evening a 100th anniversary tribute to three Herreshoff designs, the 12-1/2, the Buzzard’s Bay 25, and the Newport 29, will be held in the Boat Shed.

Pre-order tickets online now or call (800) 273-SHIP (7447).  Three-day adult tickets are $36; three-day children’s tickets are $22.  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.

We have a gift for members who stop by our booth.  We look forward to meeting you next week!  

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