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.SHIP NOTES, SEAPORT & MUSEUM NEWS In August, NOAA named Rear Admiral Gerd Glang as director of NOAA's Office of Coast Survey and the nation's chief hydrographer, responsible for mapping and charting of all US coastal waters. The US Senare confi rmed his nominarion by Presidenr Obama ro rhe rank of rear admiral (lower half) from

Rear Admiral Gerd Giang cap rain , now a prerequisire for rhe posirion. G iang succeeds Capr. John Lowell , who rerired in June afrer a 29-year career in the NOAA Corps. "NOAA's navigational services provide crirical support to our nation's maritime eco nomy and position ir for future growth," said David Kennedy, N OAA assistant adminisrraror for the National Ocean Service. G iang has spent rhe past two years as the codep uty lead of NOAA's planning efforts ro make America's coas tal communities resilienr and strengthen the coasral economy, which supporrs 66 million jobs. Giang has a srron g backgro und in the hydrographic surveyi ng and seafl oor mapping sciences . H e served as commanding officer of rhe NOAA research ship Ronald H. Brown for 18 monrhs when they mapped rhe ocean in support of tsunami modeling and conducred deep wa rer coral studies. A 1984 graduate of the State University of New York Maririme College wi th a bachelor's degree in engin eering, Giang also received a graduate certificate in ocean mapping from rhe University of New H ampshire Cenrer for 40

Coastal and Ocean Mapping, and is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Execu rive Fellows program. NOAA's Office of Coas t Survey, originally formed by Presidenr Thomas Jefferson in 1807, mainrains and updates the nation's nautical charts, surveys the coastal seafloor, responds ro maritime emergencies, and searches for underwater obstructions and wreckage that pose a danger ro navigarion.(www.noaa.gov) ... More than twenty tall ships traveled up the Eastern Seaboard this summer as participants in the 2012 Tall Ships ChallengeÂŽ series, an annual gathering of sailing ships that includes offshore races from port to port, festivals ashore, while promoting seamanship and maritime heritage. Tall Ships America's Tall Ships ChallengeÂŽis an annual series that rorares on a three-year cycle between the Arlanric Coast, Grear Lakes, and Pacific C oasr. The 201 2 evenr included four offshore races: Savannah, SC, ro Cape Fear, NC; on ro Greenport, NY; a sprinr ro Newport, RI; and a final leg along rhe Nova Scotian coast ro Halifax. The 159foot ropsail schooner Pride ofBaltimore II was the only vessel ro co mpete in all four races, raking first place in the first three. "The races connecting these ports along rhe hisroric sea roads help continue the best traditions of seamanship, sportsmanship, and ship-improving competirion that Tall Ships America has promoted for decades," said Pride's captain Jamie Trosr. (For more information about Tall Ships America or ro learn how ro sign aboard a tall ship, visit www.tallshipsamerica. org) The US Coast Guard Cutter Eagle held a change of command ceremony on 10 July at Fort Trumbull State Park in New London,

CT. Captain Raymond 'Wes' Pulver assumed responsibility as fag/e's commanding officer from Captain Eric C. Jones; Vice Adm. Robert C. Parker, commander of Coast Guard A tlantic Area, presided over the ceremony, which was attended by family, friends, and former Eagle crew-

Capt. Raymond 'Wes' Pulver (right) salutes Capt. Eric C. Jones to assume command of the USCGC Eagle. members and commanding officers. Both Captains Jones and Pulver were 1987 graduates of the C oast Guard Academy and sailed rogerher as cadets aboard Eagle during their undergraduate summers; each later served as Eagle execu tive officers. Captain Jones is rerurning ro the Academy as Assistanr Superinrendenr. In his three years in command of Eagle, Captain Jones sailed the 75-year-old barque more than 25 ,000 miles and oversaw the training of more than 2,000 caders and officer-candidates. (For more about rh e United States Coast Guard Academy and irs training ship Eagle, visit www.cga.edu) .. . The Winslow Homer Studio on Prouts Neck in Maine will open to the public for the first time in September. One of the most significanr sites in the hisrory of American art, Homer's studio is where the great American artist lived and painred many of his

Pride of Baltimore II (left) and Bounty

under sail in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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