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Tall Ship Lynx Seeks a Deckhand

photo courtesy Tall Ship Lynx

photo courtesy Tall Ship Lynx

The Lynx is seeking a motivated, personable individual to fill a paid deckhand position, beginning immediately. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in traditional sailing and education. Lynx will be conducting educational programs and daysails in Nantucket through September, then moving south to the Chesapeake this fall. To apply, email a resume and cover letter to Captain Jesse Doucette at

To learn more about Lynx and the educational program, visit their website at




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South Street to Receive $10.4 Million for Superstorm Sandy Repairs

Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) and the South Street Seaport Museum announced that the museum will be receiving $10.4 million in federal funds from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The grant from FEMA’s Public Assistance Program has been awarded as part of federal efforts to assist in repairing damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Photo courtesy of South Street Seaport Museum

Photo courtesy of South Street Seaport Museum

“After Hurricane Sandy, we fought to secure the necessary emergency funding to help New York recover,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler. “Lower Manhattan was badly hit by the storm and the downtown community continues to struggle to rebuild. Allocating $10.4 million from FEMA to the South Street Maritime Museum—which is the Congressionally-designated National Maritime Museum—is a positive first step in supporting such an important site to the history and culture of New York City and the nation, and I am glad to see the progress being made in securing the long-term health and prosperity of the museum.”

“We’ve been working for more than two years to secure funding for Sandy recovery. This grant is a strong step in the right direction for the Seaport Museum,” said Captain Jonathan Boulware, the Museum’s Executive Director. “Congressman Nadler’s support of our efforts has been meaningful and we’re encouraged by this news as we undertake larger efforts to improve and expand Museum programming.”

In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated the Seaport Museum with floodwaters. Although the fleet of ships sustained little damage, the buildings were inundated with up to 7 feet of salty water. Elevators, escalators, electrical equipment, and heating and cooling systems were all destroyed. Since that time the Seaport Museum has made significant progress toward recovery. Notable achievements include revitalized education programming (with tripled attendance over last year), increased membership (more than doubled), and the reactivation of the 1893 schooner Lettie G. Howard as a sailing school vessel. In addition, the museum has begun a $10.6 million City-funded restoration of the 1885 ship Wavertree, to be completed next year. “While there is a great deal yet to do, with this support from FEMA we can continue to build toward a bright future for the South Street Seaport Museum,” added Boulware.

For more about the museum, visit their website.

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Mystic Seaport Maritime Gallery Annual Exhibition and Sale

The Plein Air Painters of the Maritime Gallery
Exhibition and Sale
Through September 20 at Mystic Seaport Museum

Thirty artists gathered for five days in July on the grounds of historic Mystic Seaport and the nearby coastal marshes, beaches and towns. Following the tradition of the en plein air painters of the 19th and early 20th centuries, the artists could be found at their French easels creating the 114 paintings now on display. Featured artists this year include David Bareford, David Montiero, Neal Hughes, and Bill Hanson.

The exhibition and sale is open to the public at the Mystic Seaport Maritime Gallery and will continue through September 20. The online exhibition can be viewed on Mystic’s website.

David Lussier, “Seaport Morning”, OIL, 11 x 14

David Lussier, “Seaport Morning”, OIL, 11 x 14

“This annual exhibition and sale, now in its 19th year, showcases paintings by many of the top maritime artists working today and illustrates why Mystic Seaport is so beloved by artists as a place of inspiration,” said Monique Foster, Director of the Maritime Gallery. “These paintings are remarkably affordable considering the quality of the work and the renown these artists have among collectors of maritime art.”

The Gallery is open daily from 10 am. to 5 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 860 572-5388 or visit the Gallery’s website.

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Are You Following NMHS on Facebook?

fb-artThe NMHS Facebook page is where we share news stories, photos and video clips that we think will interest you: news of new discoveries in marine archaeology, sail training, naval history, historic ship preservation, shipbuilding and much more. If you haven’t been following us on Facebook,  here’s a brief look at some of the stories you might have missed out on:


"HMS Hood (51) - March 17, 1924" by Photographer: Allan C. Green 1878 - 1954; Restoration: Adam Cuerden

“HMS Hood (51) – March 17, 1924″ by Photographer: Allan C. Green 1878 – 1954; Restoration: Adam Cuerden

The recovery of the ship’s bell from HMS Hood, the British warship sunk in May of 1941 by the Bismarck with a loss of over 1,400 crew members. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen led a crew to recover the bell, which will be conserved and then displayed as a tribute to the fallen crew.

A tribute to the US Coast Guard on the event of their 225th birthday.


"Amundsen Maud 1998-06-28" by Ansgar Walk - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons

“Amundsen Maud 1998-06-28″ by Ansgar Walk – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons

The refloating of the Arctic exploration ship Maud, which Roald Amundsen took on his second expedition.  The remains of the ship, which was scuttled off the coast of Nunavut, will be returned to Norway.



The departure of the replica ship San Salvador from her construction site in San Diego. Originally scheduled to launch in April, San Salvador was significantly heavier than anticipated, and the logistics for getting her on the water necessitated additional heavy equipment and planning. She was floated on a barge to a Chula Vista shipyard for the final stage of her construction, and her public debut is slated for next month.

And this cool video of the Great Barrier Reef, with a turtle as our guide.


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Charles Point Seminars Return in September

“Research Vessels: Geophysical Expeditions to Antarctica
and Mapping 160 miles of the Hudson River”

A Talk by Dr. Robin Bell

Saturday, 26 September, 2015
Hendrick Hudson Free Library
185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY  10548
Coffee & Registration at 10:30 AM; Lecture at 11:00 AM

Join the National Maritime Historical Society for our September Charles Point Seminar, presented by Dr. Robin Bell, Senior Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.

Dr. Bell has worked for over 20 years at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory coordinating nine major aero-geophysical expeditions to Antarctica and Greenland in order to study polar ice sheet collapse. Closer to home, since 1998, she led the Hudson River Estuary Project team, mapping over 160 miles of the Hudson River from Staten Island to Albany and discovering dozens of sunken ships and historical artifacts along the way.

Robin Bell on the west Antarctic ice sheet, 1991Cost: Lecture – $5 to $10 suggested donation.
After the lecture, NMHS will host a luncheon for Dr. Bell – $22 prepaid and cash bar. Reservations required, email NMHS or call 914 737-7878 x0.

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Dock Rocks—Concert to Benefit South Street Seaport Museum

Citing “unforeseen logistical problems at the site,” South Street Seaport Museum has cancelled this event. According to Museum Executive Director Jonathan Boulware, organizers are now planning an alternative fundraiser for the museum in October that will include many of the same performers.

DOCK ROCKS – Party on the Piers
with Duran Duran, Wyclef Jean, & Special Guests

A Concert to Benefit South Street Seaport Museum
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 from 4:30 PM to 10:30 PM (EDT)

Adobe Photoshop PDFSupport the South Street Seaport Museum and experience an unforgettable night of music, drink, and food on the East River’s Pier 15 & 16 set in front of a beautiful Brooklyn backdrop. Duran Duran will headline a lineup of surprise artists which DOCK ROCKS will unveil in the weeks leading up to the show. A range of options is available, from general-admission tickets to the concert pier to VIP viewing from a number of unique historic ships and yachts surrounding the Concert Pier 16 and Viewing Pier 15, and a fabulous after-party.

“Dock Rocks will be instrumental in our efforts to revitalize the Seaport Museum post-Sandy. The concert will showcase the Seaport Museum’s historic ships to nearly 6,000 visitors in a completely unique way,” said Captain Jonathan Boulware, Executive Director of the South Street Seaport Museum. “This inaugural celebratory fundraiser for the Museum will support the reinvigoration of the programming that only the Seaport Museum can offer: on-water education programs, interpretation of the original port of New York, our collections, historic buildings, and fleet of ships. Whether attending a concert on the pier, out on the harbor on a floating classroom program, or touring the historic district, visitors touch, see, and interact with historic New York in ways they can only do here in the Seaport. We have been working hard to rebuild and expand this core programming and will continue this development over the next year. We’re thrilled about Dock Rocks and what it means for the future of the Seaport Museum.”

VIP attendees will have the option of enjoying the concert from one of nine historic ships and party boats positioned around the stage and at Pier 15. This luxury option offers all ticketholders access to the concert pier along with a range of celebrity hosted experiences and after-parties featuring world-class DJs. Participating ships include the museum’s historic Peking, Ambrose, and Pioneer, along with NY Water Taxi and Zephyr luxury yacht and Hornblower Cruises’  Infinity, Hybrid, Sensation, and the Esprit—all of which provide elevated stage views, open bars, food, A/C and exclusive floating nightclub experiences.

Partners & Sponsors include: The South Street Seaport Museum, The Swatch Group, Crystal Head Vodka, Modern Luxury, NY Water Taxi, Goslings Rum, Hornblower Cruises, Pledge Music, Fieldhouse Music and City Hall Restaurant.

Go to for further details and ticket information.

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Time Running Out For Falls of Clyde


Falls of Clyde ca 1900

Falls of Clyde ca. 1900

The 1878 iron-hulled ship Falls of Clyde is facing a deadline. The state of Hawaii, concerned about the condition of the ship and the delays in getting her into dry dock, has given the Friends of the Falls of Clyde until August to present a restoration plan, along with the backing to make it happen.

Launched on 12 December 1878, the four-masted full-rigged ship Falls of Clyde sailed for twenty years for the Falls line, carrying cargo such as lumber, jute, cement and wheat. In 1898 she was purchased by Capt. William Matson, who registered her in Hawaii, anticipating that she would be granted American registry when Hawaii became an American territory. She sailed between Hawaii and San Francisco, carrying molasses to the mainland and returning with kerosene generally making excellent time for the route; on her best crossing, she made the journey in eight days.



Eventually converting his fleet to steam, Matson sold the Falls in 1907, to the Associated Oil Company for $85,000. She was converted to a tanker, carrying 756,000 gallons of oil between California and Honolulu. Associated, too, finally saw the need to convert its fleet, and Falls of Clyde served as a charter vessel for a brief stint before her masts were cut down to serve as a floating gasoline depot in Ketchikan, Alaska.

In 1963 the ship’s owners planned to scuttle her for a breakwater in Vancouver, British Columbia, but the Honolulu Advertiser raised $25,000 to return the Falls to Hawaii, and the US Navy supplied the tow to Honolulu’s waterfront, where enthusiastic volunteers carried out much-needed restoration work; in 1984 she was named a National Historic Monument by the National Parks Service. Her condition began to deteriorate, however, and by 2008 Falls of Clyde, then owned by the Bishop Museum, faced an estimated $30 million in restoration costs; the Bishop Museum developed plans to sink the ship offshore. The Friends of the Falls of Clyde formed and purchased her from the Bishop museum for $1, with the goal of raising those funds and restoring the ship. The organization has established an Indiegogo campaign to raise the money to get the ship into dry dock.

Commemorative coin offered to donors of $100 or more to the fundraising campaign

Commemorative coin offered to donors of $100 or more to the fundraising campaign



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NMHS Aboard Clearwater!

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hauling 4NMHS guests had a lovely day, a wonderful time and a lot of fun on our cruise aboard the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater!

Pete Seeger built the traditional sloop Clearwater with a mission to “build a boat to save the river”, sailing the Hudson River for decades, spreading the message of environmental stewardship. The cruise took advantage of Clearwater’s award-winning onboard environmental education programming, and we learned how to tie knots, how to identify fish, and much more! After leaving the dock, it was all hands to the halyards to help raise the mainsail to the rhythm of a traditional sea chantey, and then a three-hour sail on a traditional sloop while we became acquainted with the environment of the river.
3885235888_0b67fa246d_oIMG_0902We’d also like to share that Clearwater has a canoe for sale. Hand-crafted in Canada, this birch-bark canoe was gently used for six years, but Clearwater is no longer running the program that the canoe served and would like to see it find a good home. Proceeds from the sale will go to Clearwater’s education programs; the $5,000 asking price would pay for 2 classes to experience an onboard education program. The contact person for this is Education Director Dave Conover,  who can also be reached at 845-265-8080 ext. 7104.


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USS Slater (DE-766): The last Destroyer Escort Afloat

The Charles Point Council of the National Maritime Historical Society
presents the 2015 Richard Belliveau Seminar

USS Slater: History and Restoration of
the Last World War II Destroyer Escort Afloat in the US
with Destroyer Escort Historical Museum Executive Director Timothy C. Rizzuto

Photo courtesy Destroyer Escort Historical Museum

Photo courtesy Destroyer Escort Historical Museum

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 – Hendrick Hudson Free Library
185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548
Refreshments at 6:00 PM. Presentation begins at 6:30 PM.

A total of 563 destroyer escorts, designed by Gibbs & Cox and inspired by the British HUNT class destroyer, were built for use during World War II. These ships escorted merchant marine convoys, navy supply vessels and troop transports, warding off enemy submarine and aircraft attacks. They also went on missions to seek out and destroy enemy submarines, and manned picket stations on the outer perimeter of fleet and landing operations to engage kamikazes and to warn inner perimeter vessels of their approach.

USS Slater (DE 766) is the last destroyer escort afloat. Commissioned in 1944, Slater served in both the Atlantic and the Pacific. She was transferred to Greece in 1951 as part of the Military Defense Assistance Program, where she served forty years. The American group Destroyer Escort Sailors Association raised the funds to return her to the United States, and created the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum to manage her. She has undergone a complete restoration in the intervening years, carried out with careful attention to detail and accuracy.

Tim Rizzuto, executive director of the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum, will tell us all about the destroyer escort program and Slater‘s journey to become the last representative of her kind, telling the destroyer escorts’ story to future generations.

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.

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Unveiling of USS Monitor Trail Marker and History Fair

On Friday, 29 May, the National  Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will be unveiling a trail marker at the launch site of USS Monitor in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. NOAA is establishing a USS Monitor Trail marking the locations of historic importance to  the famous ironclad in New York,  Virginia, North Carolina.  The first marker is in place in Beaufort, North Carolina, at the North Carolina Maritime Museum, near Duke University’s Marine Lab; Duke  University’s research team discovered USS Monitor  in 1973.

The event’s organizers are: NOAA’s USS  Monitor National  Marine Sanctuary; the Greenpoint Monitor Museum; Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Oliver Tilden Camp No. 26; and Co. I, 83rd New York Vol. Inf. Sons of Veterans Reserve.

The unveiling will take place at 10:30 AM, followed by a history fair at the Brooklyn Expo Center, just two blocks away. For full details, see the website of the Greenpoint Monitor Museum.

Monitor, 2009 (NOAA)

Monitor, 2009 (NOAA)

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