Sea History 146 - Spring 2014

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Through the Islands

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Academy, Maine Maritime Academy, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, New York's SUNY Maritime College, Texas Maritime Academy, and the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. The money comes from the sale of obsolete vessels from MARAD's National Defense Reserve Fleet, which were purchased for recycling. The National Maritime Heritage Act requires that 25% of the profit from sales is distributed to maritime academies for facility and training ship m aintenance, repair, and modernization , and for the purchase of simulators and fuel; 25% goes to the National Park Service for the National Maritime Heritage Grants Program; and 50% funds the acquisition, maintenance, and repair of vessels in the National D efense Reserve Fleet. MARAD supports the public maritime academies through direct funding and through scholarships. Tall Ships America will host its annual Tall Ships Challenge on the West Coast next summer in California. Official host ports are: Los Angeles (20-24 August), San Diego (29 August-2 September), and Dana Point (5-8 September). (www. .. . The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum has posted videos of its popular lecture series online. The lecture series archive is made available on the internet through funding provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission. Pas t lectures include presentations on the marine environment and natural history, ship wrecks, marine art and photography, new research in maritime history, and talks by new and established authors. (SBMM, 113 Harbor Way, Suite 190, Santa Barbara, CA 93109; www.s bmm. org/lecture-series-archive) ... A 13 January town hall meeting held by the Manhattan Community Board has succeeded in putting a hold on development plans by the Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) at South Street Seaport in New York. Community members and local small business owners joined advocacy gro ups interested in preserving the historic district at South Street and city officials to discuss the HHC proposal, specifically to address the pan of the plan to built a 650-foot-