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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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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 – Salmagundi Club

Coast Guard Inaugural Art Exhibit
Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, New York City
June 22 through July 4, 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 featured at the Salmagundi Club from June 22 through July 4, 2014.  It celebrates the people and missions of the United States Coast Guard.

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.  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 Coast Guard Art Program has been sponsored by the Salmagundi Club, a renowned art and cultural center, since the program’s inception in 1981.  The Salmagundi Club is located at 47 Fifth Avenue in New York City.  The exhibition is free and open to the public.  It can be seen Monday through Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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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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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Dinner & a Narrated Cruise Aboard the Evening Star – EVENT IS FULL!

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

Evening Star

Wednesday 23 July, 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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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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Maritime Museum of San Diego Announces Swift Boat Tours

The Maritime Museum of San Diego recently unveiled the newest member of its collection, PCF 816, a Vietnam-era swift boat, after two years of painstaking restoration. This Memorial Day weekend will mark the inauguration of tours offered aboard the boat, complete with narration describing the vessel’s role in the US, Malta, and Vietnam, as well as the role of swift boat sailors.

Formally called Patrol Craft Fast (PCF), the United States Navy’s PCFs were first put into service in 1965 when American sailors used them to patrol the coastline of South Vietnam to prevent sea infiltration of soldiers and munitions from North Vietnam. Such counterinsurgency missions had to be executed quickly, and hence, the crafts were nicknamed “Swift Boats” for their speed and agility in moving in and out and harm’s way. In preparation for war, PCF training exercises were conducted on San Diego Bay at the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado.

The specific 50-foot Swift Boat acquired by the Maritime Museum was originally donated by the United States Navy to Malta’s Maritime Squadron in 1971. It continued in service to that country until being retired in 2010. The following year, Malta’s minister of defense, Vanessa Frazier, conveyed her deep acknowledgement of America’s veterans with the gesture to return the boat to the Swift Boat Sailors Association (SBSA). The SBSA then sought the help of the Maritime Museum, renowned for its reputation for ship preservation.

“This acquisition is a special opportunity to educate Maritime Museum visitors about the significant history of Swift Boats and the brave Vietnam veterans associated with them,” said Ray Ashley, CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego. “We honor their service, courage and commitment and are proud to support this initial restoration that will provide an active, hands-on experience in San Diego for many years to come.”

For more information, visit the museum’s website,

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23rd Annual WoodenBoat Show in Mystic, CT

WoodenBoat Show banner

One sure sign of the summer is the annual WoodenBoat Show, held this year 27–29 June in Mystic, CT. Produced and presented by WoodenBoat magazine and hosted by Mystic Seaport, this year’s event promises:

The tents will be filled with marine accessories, the docks will be lined with beautiful boats, and Mystic Seaport will be flooded with wooden boat enthusiasts. This is an event you won’t want to miss!

Features of the event will be a full schedule of skills demonstrations from the most traditional to the very modern, reader-built boats in the “I Built it Myself” exhibit, and the fine craft of Tennessee’s Mahogany Heartthrobs.

Advanced tickets can be ordered online or by calling 800 273-SHIP (7447).

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