Sea History 126 - Spring 2009

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SHIP NOTES, SEAPORT, & MUSEUM NEWS Library of Congress continues to grow. A caralog published in 1974 lisred 337,000 irems fro m 254 collecrions, making ir "rhe largesr body of personal papers in a single repository relari ng to ,American naval history." Some norable paper collecrions include rhose of David G . Farragur, W illiam F. Halsey, Ernesr ]. King, and W illiam S. Sims. (www. ... Princess Taiping, the first Chinese non-powered junk to sail to America and back, is homeward bound after stops along the West Coast of the United States and Hawaii. The projecr was conceived and creared by rhe Chinese Maririme Development Sociery to educare Chinese citizens

Princess Taiping

(below) NOAA maritime historian/archaeologist and NMHS member Hans Vtm Ti/burg (right) welcomes Capt. Liu Ning-sheng (red shirt) and Angela Chao of the Chinese junk Princess Taiping to H onolulu, in January.

and rhe resr of rhe wo rld on C hina's rich ma ririme herirage. (www.chinesevoyage. com) . . . This winter, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is constructing a "living shoreline" to show museum visitors the ecological and aesthetic benefits of a natural shoreline. Living shorelines are shoreline management p racrices rhar provide erosion control by prorecring, restoring, and enhancing narural shoreline habirar. By placing plants, stone, sand fill, and orher srrucrural and organic ma rerials along a shoreline in place of hardened


marerials such as bulkheads, living shorelines help maintain im porrant coasral processes occurring on narural shorelines. Relared programs for middle school srudents and adul rs are scheduled in February and March . Contacr rhe museum fo r derails. (CBMM, 2 13 N. Talbor Srreer, Sr. M ichaels, MD 21663; Ph. 4 10 74529 16; ... The America's Cup Hall of Fame will induct John Longley and the late Thomas Ratsey (1851-1935) at the New York Yacht Club on 30 April 2009. The ceremony will also honor the late John Biddle (1936-2008) for his 2008 induction into the Hall of Fame. The America's Cup Hall of Fame was creared to h onor rhe challengers, defenders, and legendary personages of rhe wo rld's mosr disringuished sparring comperition. The H all of Fame, operared by rhe H erreshoff Marine M useum, is locared in an historic building on rhe gro unds of rhe former H erreshoff Manufacr uring Company m Bristol, Rhode Island, where yachrs were consrrucred for eighr consecurive America's Cup defenses between 1893 and 1934. Candidares eligible fo r considerarion include skippers, afterguard, crew, designers, builders, organizers, syndicare leaders, managers, supporrers, chroniclers, race managers, and orher individuals of merir. The America's Cup Hall of Fame is dedicared to preserving and demonsrraring rhe influence of America's Cup comperirion fo r rhe purpose of educarion and rhe inspirarion of excellence in rhe world of yachring. (H erreshoff Marine M useum, PO B 450, One Burnside Srreer, Bristol, RI 02809; Ph. 40 1 253-5000) ... The "Voices from the Fisheries" Oral History Project recently launched a new web The projecr consolidates exisring an d furure oral history interviews and interview collections relared to rhe human dimensions of marine ecosystems and of rhe G rear Lakes region. O n rhe web sire, yo u'll find informarion abour rhe project, di recrions on how to parricipare, and links to relared collecrions. If you have a digiral collecrion and are interesred in parricipating, email for more informarion . The web sire carries insrrucrions on how to set up an acco unt and upload audio files.


... Camper and Nicholsons Marinas has discovered the wreck of a SO-ft. Cuban fishing vessel during their ongoing clean-up of Port Louis Marina in Grenada (West Indies). Ir is rhe second wreck rhe yachr company has found and donared to rhe Gren ada Scuba Diving Associarion for use as a recrearional dive sire. In borh cases, rhe wrecks were moved to al rernare

locarion s off Grenada's beach es in snorkeling and SCUBA diving deprhs. (Camper and Nicholsons: www.cnconnecr. com ; SCUBA info in Grenada: www.grenadascubadivingassociarion .com) .. . Bay Ship & Yacht Co. of Alameda, CA, recently started work on the restoration of the historic three-masted ship Balclutha, one of the fleet of historic ships at the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park. After rhe hull repairs are com plered in drydock, rhe shi p will undergo topside work ar rhe shipyard's main pier. By sprin g, the ship will be towed back to the museum's Hyde Srreer Pier in San Francisco where she will resume her role as a museum ship. Balclutha is a sreel-hulled, square-rigged ship built in G lasgow, Scorland, in 1886. In her 17 trips aro und C ape Horn, she carried bulk cargos between


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