Sea History 110 - Spring 2005

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Light Preservation Sociery, POB 307, Drummond Is., MI 49726; 906 4936079; .•. The TU Delft Library in the Netherlands has made two of its specialist databases available on subscription. MARNA (Maritime Nautical) contains over 80,000 documents from 1985 to the present. Article references have been culled from articles published in international maritime literature, 200 journals, reports, congressional proceedings, and monographs. It claims to be the most up-to-date source of maritime information. SHIPDES contains 20,000 ship descriptions, technical specifications of ships, and references to articles on vessels taken from publications from 1968 to present. Both available with a monthly membership. ( . . . The Coos Art Museum is inviting maritime

artists to participate in their 12th Annual Maritime Art Exhibit at the Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay, OR-22 July- 24 September 2005. The cities of Coos Bay and North Bend each have a strong interest in marine art owing to the region's long-time maritime heritage. From the mid-!850s through the 1920s, the shipyards of Coos Bay built the massive sai ling vessels used to carry Californi a go ld and harvests to ports all aro und the globe. For more than a century, the deep-water port of Coos Bay has accommodated the shipping of a variery of products, especiall y timber, to all parts of the globe. For many decades, more lumber was shipped out of this harbor than any other harbor in the world. Submission deadline: postmarked by Saturday, 16 April 2005. (235 Anderson Ave, Coos Bay, OR 97420; 541 2673901; e-mail:; •.• USS Des Moines is creating quite a stir in Milwaukee. The 56-year old battleship was decommissioned in 1961 and remains in dry dock in Philadelphia. The USS Des Moines Historic Naval Ship Project is seeking to bring the ship to Milwaukee as a permanent memorial at the Milwaukee Counry Veterans Park. Opposition to the proposal is strong and vocal; they claim the sh ip wi ll drain public funds and ruin the view of the ciry's waterfront.

USS Constellation visits the US Naval Academy The 22-gun sloop-of-war USS Constellation made an expedition to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, in October 2004. It was the ship's longest voyage since her arrival in Baltimore in 1955 for use as a museum ship. Not rigged for r110To cou•rnsv JOHN o. IJARNA •o sail, Constellation made her passage with the aid of tugs. The ship is marking the l 50th anniversary of her launch , and the vis it to the Naval Academy honored her 23 years of service there from 18711893. In Annapolis, the ship was open for public tours with over 11,000 people visiting her decks in 7 days. After service in the Civil War, the ship was used by the Academy as a training ship for the midshipmen's summer instructional cruises. After a one-week stay, the ship returned to Baltimore on November 1st. Constellation is open for tours year-ro und in Baltimore's inner harbor. (USS Constellation, 301 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202; 410 539-1797; e-mail: adminstration@ USS Constellation arriving at the; US Naval Academy in October. -john D. Barnard


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