Sea History 123 - Summer 2008

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Representing NMHS at 2008 Events Whaling Heritage Symposium: We are pleased to join Mystic Connecticut Maritime Association Shipping 2008 Seaport, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, The New Bedford Conference and Exhibition: CMA's president Peter G. Drakos, Whaling National Historic Park, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association's Maritime Heritage Program and NOAA's Fisheries Service as a Host Sponsor in a new symposium on the history and archaeology of whaling and new directions in whaling heritage research. Join us on June 16th- 17th in Mystic Seaport and June 18th at the New Bedford Whaling M useum. For reservations and information, visit: http :// (For details, please refer to the notice on the symposium on page 45, as well as articles on pages 18-22, 36, and 37 for coverage of whaling in American history.) WoodenBoat Show at Mystic, Connecticut: Join us on June 28th for a behind-the-scenes tour of Mystic Seaport's boatyard; then take the afternoon to explore this incomparable wooden boat show taking place at one of our nation's pre-eminent maritime museums.

USS Constellation


a good friend to the maritime heritage community, invited us to participate in the conference in mid-March in Stamford, Connecticut, where over 2,000 shipping executives from around the world gathered. Many of them discovered NMHS and Sea History for the first time. We were particularly interested in the seminar they held on the role of maritime education in a changing world, moderated by Vice Adm iral John W Craine, USN (Rec.), president of SUNY Maritime College and chair of the Association of Maritime Sch ools. We also met Captain Arthur Sulzer from the Maritime Academy C harter School, who invited us to a "Ship Operations Cooperative Program" (SOCP) Conference in Linthicum, Maryland, to discuss what can be done to motivate primary and high school students to be more interested in pursuing maritime careers. Our trustee, Bob Kamm , represented NMHS at this conference, with support from fellow trustee Steven Jones, who also serves on the board of the New York Harbor School. There are about twenty maritime high schools around the country.


ASTA: The American Sail Training Association held its East Coast Regional Meeting in Baltimore in February. Our knowledgeable host was Captain Chris Rowsom, executive director of USS Constellation. ASTA is the largest sail training associatio n in the world with more than 150 affiliates and 250 American and international sailing vessels registered as members. ASTA offers leadership-, character building-, and skill development programs for students 12-18 years old. This summ er their "Tall Ships Challenge" takes to the Pacific Coast beginning with a parade of sail and races in Victoria, British Columbia, on June 25th, and ending in San Diego on August 24th. ASTA promotes public interest in our seafaring heri cage through their widely-attended festivals . We look forward to working more closely with them to further our mutual goals. 12

note ... : We were quite impressed with the ceremonies we've attended this year to promote valuable maritime programs. The American Merchant Marine Museum Foundation honored Captain Leonard LaRue and SS Ohio at their Hall of Fame luncheon on Jan uary 26th. The Fort Schuyler Maritime Alumni Association honored NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, Blue Angels Flight Leader Kevin Mannix, and Horizon Lines LLC president John Keenan at their awards dinner at Sourh Street Seaport on January 31st. Then on March 27th at the Down Town Association, The Working Harbor The ReverendJean Smith Committee honored Jim Devine, pres ident of the New York Container Terminal, who has an impressive knowledge of the history of the port and offers valuable support in the committee's efforts to educate school children about the Hidden Harbor. NMHS overseer and accomplished yachtsman Richard du Moulin spoke to honor our friend, the Rev. Jean Smith, former executive director of Seamen's Church Instirute, for her support of the educational program and her spiritual leadership. NMHS Chairman Ronald Oswald attended the Mariners' Museum's Annual Battle of Hampton Roads Weekend in March , and recommends we all go to see their USS Monito r display. "You can stand on the deck of the Monitor and envision yourself back in 1862," he said. Mr. Oswald also highly recommends the tugboat exhibit at the Noble Maritime Collection in Staten Island. -Burchenal Green, President SEA HISTORY 123, SUMMER 2008

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