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San Salvador Launch Postponed

_JGS4420-4Update: Citing technical and logistical difficulties, the Maritime Museum of San Diego has cancelled the April 19th launch. A new launch date has not been announced.
The Maritime Museum of San Diego has announced an April 19 launch date for San Salvador. The ship is a historically accurate replica of the ship which explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into what is now San Diego Bay on 28 September 1542, the first recorded European vessel to sail along Southern California, and survey its coastlines. The keel for the replica ship was laid in 2011; the museum has invited the public to observe its construction from the beginning, either in person at the site or via the museum’s website.


DSC_2893 smallSan Salvador will join the museum’s fleet of ships, including the sailing ships Star of India, Surprise, and Californian, as well as serving as a floating educational platform. For more information email the museum at Photos courtesy Jerry Soto

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Worldwide Ferry Safety Association Conference

2015 Ferry Safety and Technology Conference
16–17 April
Alexander Hamilton US Custom House, New York, New York

The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association is presenting its first conference for the promotion of global ferry safety. The theme: Ferry Safety and Technology: Design and Operations. Ferry owners and operators; naval architects and marine engineers; and new technology developers and providers will come together to improve efficiency and safety here and around the world.

Ferry conference bannerThe Worldwide Ferry Safety Association is a not-for-profit dedicated to bringing innovation in training methods, as well as use of technology to provide notification for sudden hazardous weather, curb overloading, and enhance marine rescue technology.

More information can be found on their website, or emailing

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USS Constellation is Back in the Inner Harbor

16086588257_a7fec18572_zUSS Constellation spent the winter in Baltimore’s Coast Guard Yard, so that a dedicated crew could replace rotted planking. The Living Classrooms Foundation, Constellation‘s steward, is also the parent organization for Project SERVE (Service- Empowerment- Revitalization- Volunteerism- Employment Training), a  job-training program for ex-offenders and disadvantaged youth; LCF saw the undertaking as an excellent opportunity to benefit both programs. Project SERVE participants got the opportunity to work on a one-of-a-kind vessel, and Constellation‘s shipwrights had the help of an enthusiastic crew.

16173409864_7e6676ec4c_zThe repairs concluded in February, but the return trip was postponed due to winter ice. By this week, however, the waterway had cleared. With the aid of McAllister Towing and Transportation, Constellation has made her way back to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, ready to greet visitors with renewed strength. (Photos courtesy Living Classrooms Foundation)



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Jim Moores to Publish Moores’ Log on NMHS Website

Jim Moores founded Moores Marine in South Florida in 1986 after building commercial fishing boats and dories in Lubec, Maine. One particularly cold winter, he came to Palm Beach County with a box full of tools and learned he could make a pretty decent living repairing and restoring wooden boats built by the old masters of American yacht building. Since then, the company has been designing restorations from the ground up of classic and antique boats—including the eighth presidential yacht, Honey Fitz, a 1930 93′ Defoe that served as the private yacht of Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.

A member of the Society of Naval Architects and Engineers, Trumpy Yacht Association and Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Society, Jim has established quite a following for his Moores’ Log, a regular newsletter read eagerly by maritime and history enthusiasts alike. Jim has agreed to publish his insightful, intelligent and quite amusing newsletter as part of a regular feature on our own website.  Here’s Jim’s first log in 2015:


 Dear Friends,

My last letter took you on a journey to the West Coast and back. Well, this month is no different. My wife, Margaret, had a lecture series in D.C., so when she asked me if I would like to join her I looked at my bags that were still packed from the Washington/Oregon trip and then added a few new things and we were out the door. I have a few friends up there that I really wanted to see.

The first was Paul Johnston. We met a few years back and have kept in contact ever since. Paul is a little older than me and at first glance you might think he is a boring middle-aged man, but he is far from that. His title is curator of the Smithsonian’s Natural Museum of American History. He loves diving and was involved in the “Cleopatra’s  Barge”, built in Salem, MA in 1816, the first American yacht on record that sunk on April 7, 1824 in Hanalei, Hawaii. This is such a great story I could not do it justice. Paul wrote an article about it called “Million Pounds of Sandalwood” that can be easily found on the web.  Paul gave me a behind-the-scenes look at one of our greatest treasures. From installing two early steam locomotives with cranes during the construction of the building to the “USS Philadelphia”, a Revolutionary War boat from 1775, one of the gun boats of the American Revolution which sunk in The Battle of Valcour Island. The water was so cold and deep I was amazed at how well she was preserved.

Paul told me that another one of these ships was found quite a while back and she has been left down while new preservation techniques are being perfected. I guess they have achieved success and she might see the light of day soon. We meandered into the blueprint archive room as he rattled off names of the designers. John Gardner stood out. We slid open a case and there were these amazing illustrations of the blue-nosed schooner, which were used for a book. Below that was one beautiful hand drawn original after another.  Then he showed how they digitalize them for preservation and printing. Now, this might sound a little boring, but it wasn’t.  I was amazed as to the great details taken to preserve American history. Paul is not your average curator; he rides a motorcycle year-round to work and then back home. I said “rain” he said “rain coat”. Ok, that was easy. “Cold” was replied to with “heated suit”. Then I thought I had him – “seeing out in rain and snow!” he smiled and said “Rain-X and an extra pair of shoes in my desk!”

Paul is still a very active diver as well as writing and running one of the greatest museums in the world. After lunch we headed down to the “Sequoia”, the Mathis Trumpy, 1925. We were met aboard by Capt. Matt Vilbas; young and enthusiastic, he has big shoes to fill. There are still things that are being resolved and the “S.S. Sequoia” has been in a holding pattern. She is charting on the Potomac and is still docked at Gangplank Marina. Paul has never been aboard, so this was my way of thanking him for such a great day. The yacht served from Herbert Hoover, FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, JFK, LBJ, Nixon, Ford and Carter before being sold. There are great photos of moments in time that shaped our history on board. There is a lot of her history online.

Margaret’s and my social schedule was full, staying with Margaret’s brother Chris Zehren and his wife, Andrea, my cousin Liz Moores, and then Maldwin Drummond, a yachting friend that spends his time between Florida, D.C., and Maine. Maldwin, who loves classic yachts, has owned many through the years and shares his passion of restoring and using them. We met at the Chevy Chase Country Club for lunch. Enjoying a great glass of Pinot Noir, our conversation revolved around what was coming.

Back in Florida we had launched “Aurora II” preparing for Ocean Reef’s Vintage Weekend. Last fall, in backing out of a slip, a log that was lodged under the boat came into the prop and shaft. It made such a noise that I thought the transmission had blown up. Then the massive log floated out. I knew then that the prop was mangled. Well, it bent the inside and outside shafts as well as the aft shaft strut. The “Aurora” was leaking a little, but I have run her on one motor and we were busy, so I held off on hauling her out until this past August. What a mess it was! Almost everything was bent. We straightened and replaced so much it was a major running gear refit. The good news, however, is that the “Aurora II” is running smoother than ever, kind of like sipping bourbon on the back deck on a hot day (personally I am not a bourbon man, but I have always liked that expression).

Ocean Reef’s Vintage Weekend. Each year I really look forward to that date: the first weekend of December. Coming right out of the shipyard to head to the show we wanted to take the ocean down to Key Largo, but the wind was blowing 20+ knots out of the North and there were white caps everywhere. Instead we traveled the ICW all the way to Biscayne Bay, “Aurora” making great time as the sun went down. We were nearing Angelfish Creek when thunderstorms and nightfall came upon us and we decided to anchor and go through the cut in the morning. We found a spot that looked good and dropped the hook. The wind was still blowing, so I decided to sleep in the main salon. Just as sleep filled my eyes I decided to take one last peak – much to my surprise when I sat up it looked like I was looking into someone’s living room. We weren’t aground, but just seconds away. Waking Capt. Sabin, we fired up the motors, hauled anchor, and headed to Pumpkin Key. In the morning the sky had cleared and bright daylight was all around. We pulled anchor and slid through the creek, cutting through the emerald waters with the bright sun reminded me of the Bahamas, it was a good day.

After tying up and starting to get “Aurora” cleaned, I saw this beautiful long, sleek, dark blue hull with a varnished cabin slide effortlessly through the water. The name on her was appropriate: “Stiletto”. The next day there would be a lecture on design by Halsey Hersoff about his grandfather’s yacht company. It was a very interesting slide show with interwoven movies. “Stiletto’s” predecessors were built of steel and steam powered originally designed for the Navy in the late 1800’s. You know a great speaker because when he’s done he leaves you wanting more instead of falling asleep. There were a total of three speakers and they spoke about such a wide variety of subjects throughout the weekend.

Steve White spoke of one of his restorations; then there was a lecture about “Glacier Girl”. She was a Lockheed plane that crashed on a glacier in Greenland and buried for more than 50 years under 260 feet of ice. It was 10 years from start on the ice to finish with the plane flying today; there is a great video on YouTube, “Saving Glacier Girl from World War II.”  Between that and all the other stuff it was a very full and fun weekend. On Sunday the seas calmed and I got some great photos of “Blue Mist” and “Shirean” just off Ocean Reef. Trying to get them to slow down was the hard part, but I finally got a few good ones of the two together.

The 1917 Consolidated (“Blue Mist”) shot off like a rocket; Owner and captain, Alan Zwickell was taking the waterway while Lou Jezdimir’s “Shirean” and my “Aurora II” would take the ocean. Lou headed to Ft. Lauderdale and Capt. Alan and I headed back to North Palm Beach. There were cruise ships headed out of Port Everglades as we passed. Lou’s “Shirean” was dwarfed like a small dingy as he passed the last one coming out. The sun was setting and the full moon was rising, the sky was clear, and as I laid on the couch in the main salon I had one thought: life is good. The sea cleanses our mind and soul, and with the calming sounds and rocking of the ocean I felt at peace.

Now that I am back we are finishing a caulking project down in Ft. Lauderdale. Rigging a Rhodes yawl and finishing a project for Mike Rybovich. In North Carolina Nate has a Huckins 58’ built in 1973 and named “B.F.B.” and a major refit on a New York Launch and Engine Company, 60’, built in 1914 named “Grace”.

Each year I try to give back to our community of classic yachts, this year is no different. I am proud to help start the Palm Beach Vintage Regatta Feb. 20-22. The idea is simple – bring classic yachting back to the Palm Beaches with the support and blessing of the city and local businesses. I am excited that it really is going to happen. We are even investigating the return of the Palm Beach Cup, which would be a vintage powerboat race. For this year we have the city docks with planned events from coffee and croissants at the Green Market to cocktail parties and dancing to the wee hours in the morning for the young at heart. Take a look at and come be a part of something great in the making.

I want to end this letter with thanks to all my close friends and family; to the people that believe in us and trust us with their beautiful boats. The biggest thanks are for all the wonderful people that work with us and make it all possible. My final thanks are to friends that read the Log and smile and think to themselves “that crazy guy.”

Till next time,
Jim Moores


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Washington Awards Dinner Art Gallery 23 April

A Chance to Invest in Great Marine Art – AND Support
the National Maritime Historical Society
and the Naval Historical Foundation

This year, six nationally renowned marine artists will exhibit their original works at the Maritime Art Gallery at the Washington Awards Dinner, Thursday, 23 April at the National Press Club. Here’s a preview—and a chance to purchase a painting ahead of the event. Best of all, 25% of the purchase price will benefit the Society and the Naval Historical Foundation, and is a tax-deductible contribution! The Society is grateful to Charles Raskob Robinson, a Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists and its former president, for chairing the Marine Art Gallery. For more information and to order your painting, call (800) 221-NMHS (6647) Ext. 0, or email and support the Art Gallery today!


1. WAD 2015 Chong Morning Fog

Morning Fog

by Hiu Lai Chong
Oil on Linen, Framed, 18” x 24”
Price: $2,300


2. WAD 2015 Chong Sunset Race

Sunset Race

by Hiu Lai Chong
Oil on Linen,  Framed, 24” x 24”
Price: $3,500


3. WAD 2015 Egeli_Martha_on_the_Rails

Martha on the Rails

by Lisa Egeli
Oil on Linen, Mounted on Panel, Framed, 9” x 12”
Price: $950


4. WAD 2015 Egeli_Hurry_South

Hurry South

by Lisa Egeli
Oil on Linen, Mounted on Panel, Framed, 9” x 12”
Price: $900


6. WAD 2015 Egeli Alone Out Front

Alone in Front

by Lisa Egeli
Oil on Linen, Framed, 8” x 16”
Price: $1,200


7. WAD 2015 Egeli Cisne Branco

The Cisne Branco Entering Baltimore Harbor

by Lisa Egeli
Oil on Linen, Framed, 8” x 10”
Price:  $800


9. WAD 2015 Rindlasbacher Oars n SailsOars and Sails

by Peter Rindlisbacher
Oil on Canvas, Framed, 16” x 20”
Price: $3,400.



11. WAD 2015 Storcj Squally Day Painitng only HR

Squally Day on the Chesapeake - SOLD!

by William Storck
Oil on Panel, Framed, 8” x 10”
Price: $3,200


Moonrise by William Storck


by William Storck
Oil on Canvas, Mounted on Wood Panel, 22 kt Gilded Frame, 5” x 7”
Price: $1,800


10. WAD 2015 Silver Heel Robinson

Stepping Out on the Silver Heel

by Charles Raskob Robinson
Oil on Canvas, Framed, 18” x 24”
Price: $4,500


Flying the Red Kite on the Silver Heel

Flying the Red Kite on the Silver Heel

by Charles Raskob Robinson
Oil on Canvas, Framed, 17” x 26”
Price: $7,500


13. WAD 2015 O'Brien Washington 1910

Washington, D.C. 1905

by Patrick O’Brien
Oil on Board, Framed, 8” x 12”
Price: $3,000


USS Chesapeake on Patrol by Patrick O'BrienUSS Chesapeake on Patrol

by Patrick O’Brien
Oil on Canvas, 16” x 20”
Price: $3,500


5. WAD 2015 Egeli Out to Sea

Out to Sea

by Lisa Egeli
Oil on Linen, Framed, 9” x 12”
Price: $950


U.S. Gunboat SCORPION in the Battle of Cedar Point, 1814

U.S. Gunboat SCORPION in the Battle of Cedar Point, 1814
by Peter Rindlisbacher

Oil on Canvas, Framed, 18” x 24”
Price: $3,600.


Solitude by William Storck


by William Storck
Oil on Wood Panel, 22 kt Gilded Frame, 8” x 10”
Price: $3,200


Lettie G Howard by William Storck

Lettie G. Howard

by William Storck
Oil on Linen, 9” x 12”
Price: $3,400



You can purchase these original paintings by calling (800) 221-NMHS (6647) Ext. 0 or by emailing  Purchased works will be displayed as SOLD at the 23 April, 2015 Washington Awards Dinner and can then be picked up or delivered. (Shipping is included in the purchase price.)

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Summer Internship: HAER

The Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM) have announced the HAER Maritime Documentation Internship, permitting a student or recent graduate of architecture or history and interested in maritime preservation to work as a summer intern on a Historic American Engineering Record maritime documentation project. The work will require research and writing or measuring and drafting of historic maritime resources. US citizenship is required; applicants must provide samples of writing and/or drafting in their application package.

photo: Library of Congress

photo: Library of Congress

The selected recipient will receive a stipend of approximately $7,000 and will work with a HAER team for 12 weeks during the summer. The HAER Maritime Intern will be selected by a committee composed of representatives of CAMM and HAER.

Applicants MUST submit a:

  • resume (Social Security Number is required)
  • work samples – samples should include research papers and/or measured drawings
  • letter of recommendation from a faculty member or employer

Summer 2015 applications must be postmarked by MARCH 27, 2015.Application should be submitted to:

Todd Croteau, Coordinator
HAER Maritime Documentation Internship
Heritage Documentation Programs
National Park Service
1201 Eye Street, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
TEL: (202) 354-2167

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CALL FOR PAPERS: GUNS FROM THE SEA III – Ordnance Society Conference

The Ordnance Society’s third Guns from the Sea conference will be held 4–5 September 2015 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Conference papers presented the latest ordnance finds found in or from the sea, as well as significant historical research into ship-borne ordnance and conservation techniques.

Guns from the Sea will be carried out over 2 days and be split into 3 sessions per day with 2 lectures per session. A conference dinner will be held at the historic dockyard on Friday evening.

Themes to be covered by the 2015 conference include:
• Recent finds recovered or recorded in or from the sea,
• Historical research into ordnance recovered from the sea,
• Conservation techniques for historical ordnance recovered from the sea,
• Conservation techniques for historical ordnance still on the seabed,
• Experimental archaeology related to guns from the sea.

Paper proposals may be sent to

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NMHS Presents Tim McGrath’s Give Me a Fast Ship 28 February

Join the National Maritime Historical Society for Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America’s Revolution at Sea with Author Tim McGrath

Saturday, 28 February 2015
Continental Breakfast is at 10:30 am. Presentation begins at 11:00 am.
Hendrick Hudson Free Library, 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548

Fast Ship CoverAuthor and historian Tim McGrath takes us back to 1775 with America on the verge of revolution and disastrous defeat in his Give Me a Fast Ship, the epic tale of war on the high seas and the definitive history of the fledgling American Navy.

America in 1775 was on the verge of revolution—or, more likely, disastrous defeat. After the bloodshed at Lexington and Concord, England’s King George sent hundreds of ships westward to bottle up American harbors and prey on American shipping. Colonists had no force to defend their coastline and waterways until John Adams of Massachusetts proposed a bold solution: the Continental Congress should raise a navy.

The idea was mad. The Royal Navy was the mightiest floating arsenal in history, with a seemingly endless supply of vessels. More than a hundred of these were massive “ships of the line,” bristling with up to a hundred high-powered cannon that could level a city. The British were confident that His Majesty’s warships would quickly bring the rebellious colonials to their knees.

They were wrong. Beginning with five converted merchantmen, America’s sailors became formidable warriors, matching their wits, skills, and courage against the best of the British fleet. Victories off American shores gave the patriots hope—victories led by captains such as John Barry, the fiery Irish-born giant; fearless Nicholas Biddle, who stared down an armed mutineer; and James Nicholson, the underachiever who finally redeemed himself with an inspiring display of coolness and bravery.

Meanwhile, along the British coastline, daring raids by John Paul Jones and the “Dunkirk Pirate,” Gustavus Conyngham—who was captured and sentenced to hang but tunneled under his cell and escaped to fight again—sent fear throughout England. The adventures of these men and others on both sides of the struggle rival anything from Horatio Hornblower or Lucky Jack Aubrey. In the end, these rebel sailors, from the quarterdeck to the forecastle, contributed greatly to American independence.

Tim McGrathMeticulously researched and masterfully told, Give Me a Fast Ship is a rousing, epic tale of war on the high seas—and the definitive history of the American Navy during the Revolutionary War.

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. If you would also like to join NMHS and the speaker for lunch following the presentation, it is $22 prepaid, with cash bar. Reservations required.

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NMHS Recruiting: Membership Coordinator

The National Maritime Historical Society is seeking a Membership Coordinator to provide administrative support to the Membership Director and, as needed, to the Communications Director, to prepare membership materials and correspondence, maintain the membership database, provide excellent member service, support membership events and assist with other administrative duties as may be required.

Please click here to see the job posting: Membership Coordinator: Part Time, Peekskill, NY.  Candidates should send their cover letter, resume and salary requirements to  Please apply by  15 Mach 2015 to be considered.

Founded in 1963, the National Maritime Historical Society is a non-profit organization with over 8,000 members and a mission to raise awareness of our nation’s maritime heritage through publications, educational programs, historic ship preservation, sail training and maritime events.

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Join NMHS for A Dream of Tall Ships with Authors Peter and Norma Stanford

Join the National Maritime Historical Society for
A Dream of Tall Ships
with Authors Peter and Norma Stanford

Friday, 20 February 2015 at 5 pm
Antipodean Books, Maps & Prints, 29 Garrison Landing, Garrison, NY 10524

Please join us on Friday 20 February from 5-8 pm for a talk and book signing with Peter and Norma Stanford, authors of A Dream of Tall Ships: How New Yorkers came together to save the city’s sailing-ship waterfront.  Refreshments will be served.

ADOTSforprintA Dream of Tall Ships is the 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. Entranced by the old brick buildings of the Fulton Fish Market neighborhood and aware of the rush of new office-building construction in Lower Manhattan, they moved to save the old buildings as a historic district, and breathe new life into New York’s old Street of Ships.

The idea of recreating the old sailing-ship waterfront inspired young and old, rich and poor, Wall Streeters and blue-collar workers, seamen, firemen, policemen and teachers to work together to found a museum showcasing the streets and ships that built the port, which built the city, which built the nation.

Peter Stanford was a founder and first president of South Street Seaport in New York and co-founder of the National Maritime Historical Society. Under his leadership, the Society began publishing the distinguished quarterly magazine Sea History. Other NMHS publications included such works as the International Register of Historic ShipsThe Peking Battles Cape Horn, and The Skipper and the Eagle.

To register, please call (914) 456-9698 or email
We look forward to seeing you there!


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