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lections. W hil e th e Kendall W haling M useum, formerly located in Sharo n, Massachuestts, is closing its facilities, its mission and name live on in the new Ke ndall Institute, th e library, academic studies and publications division of the merged museum . (1 8 Johnny Cake Hill , New Bed fo rd MA 02740-6398; 50 8 997-0046; we b site: whalingmuseum.org) ... England's National Maritime Museum h as bee n awarded ÂŁ1 .64 million in Natio n al Lottery funds to create a new internet-based learning resource based on its collections. U nder the bann er "Port C ities," the museum will coordinate the production of a range of new, linked web sites by a consortium of maritime organizatio ns and archives in Southampto n, Bristol, Hartlepool, Liverpool, Portsmo uth and Lo ndon . T he project will make the m useums' vas t collecti ons access ible fo r viewingo nline. (G reenwich, Lond on SE lO 9NF, UK; web site: www. nmm .ac. uk) . .. Archaeologis ts resumed excavating the remains of the Confederate submarine Hunley in October after a summer break and expect to remove the rest of the arti facts fro m the bulkheads and from beneath the crew's ben ch . An X-

ray of Lt. Geo rge Dixon's clothin g shows what may be a metal clasp, perhaps part of a log or journal. (Friends of the Hunley, 255 King Street, Charleston SC 29401 ; 843 722-2333; e- mail : foth @hunley.o rg; web site: www.hunley.org) . .. A ship fr om the early 1500s, found near th e tow n of Po rtobelo , Panama, may be La Vizcaina, a ship in Columbus's fleet during his las t voyage to the New World.

INVENI PORTAM LudwigK. Rubinsky (1920- 200l)joined the U S Coast Guard as apprentice seaman in 1940 and retired 25 years later as lieutenant commander. H e then fo unded a marine electronics firm , Electronautical Equipmem . Joining N MHS with his great friend Schuyler M . M eyer, Jr. , then ch airman of the Society, Lud became a trustee and later honorary trustee. H e was a grand story-teller and valued counselor. Besides his wife Jean, he is survived by his daughters Jane and M elissa Rubinsky. Michael Katzev (1939-2001 ), the archaeologist who led the team that located and recovered the 2,300-year-old Kyrenia ship, died in September. After preserving the origi-

nal vessel, at the time the best preserved ship of that period, he directed the reconstruction of the ship, Kyrenia 11, fo r the G reek government, fo llowing traditional shipbuilding methods as closely as possible. Philip Chadwick Foster Smith ( 19402001 ) was a leading fo rce in maritime histo ry in this co untry. H e served as curato r of maritime history at the Peabody (now Peabody Essex) M useum, managing edi to r of The American Neptune, maritime curator at the museum of the Boston Society, curato r and historian at the Philadelphi a M aritime (now Independence Seapo rt) Museum, and was a founding member of the No rth American Society of O ceanic History. H e retired to Maine, where he joi ned an ac tive community of maritime historians, m useum directors and curato rs, and seamen. "Ch ad," recalls his friend C harles Burden, "was a natural fo r th e gro up and meetings at his house or co ttage we re the most elegantly provisioned ." H e was "an erstwhile humorist and publisher who produced a few fine ribtickling booklets under his Renfrew Press private brand" in addition to more than a 1, dozen scholarly books.

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