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(continued from page 50) possible through the generosity of a local private foundation. Cuffe fellows are requested to write a report on their research within one year of receiving the award . Since 1989, the Museum's Paul C uffe fellowship has provided funds to 35 researchers from universities, colleges, and museums. The research collection of the G . W . Blunt White Library has nearly one million documents pertaining to maritime history. These include 1,300 ships' logs and journals, ledgers, diaries, and documents from the w haling, fishing, and shipping industries. Nearby research faci lities at Yale Un iversity, Brown U niversity, New Bedford Whaling M useum and other institutions are available to C uffe fellows. (Details on how to apply are online at w.mysticseaport. org/ lea rn /college-gradu ate/paul-cu ffememorial-fellowship.) . . . GulfQuest : the National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico opened on 26 September, on a stretch of public waterfront on the Mobile River in Alabama. As the newest neighbor to Lhe

GulJQuest's Take the Helm Theater Arth ur R. Outlaw Mo bile Convention Center, Cooper Riverside Park, and the A l a b ama Cruise Term in a l, the 90,000-square foot museum overcame sign ificant delays stemming from a construction contract dispute and a mold issue, now both resolved. The $62 million museum welcomed more th an 6,000 visitors in its first month . GulfQuest h as an emph asis on interactive exhibits, like "Take the Helm Theater," a simulator identical to those used to train professional boat pilots, which enables visitors to try their hand at navigating vessels aro und the Port of Mobile, Mobile Bay, and the Tombigbee River. Other

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exhibits offer the chance to explore the mechanics of wind power, take sights using a sextant, and learn about the inner workings of a steam engi ne; there are over 90 exhibits in all. (155 S. Water St. , Mobile, AL 36602; Ph: 25 1 436-8901; www.gulf quest.org) .. . This fall, the Maritime Museum of San Diego received a donation of $500,000 from the Hervey Family Fund at the San Diego Foundation, earmarked to contribute towards the financing and ongoing fundraising for San Salvador, the replica of the Spanish galleon that Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into present-day San Diego Bay in September 1542. San Salvador was launched in Ju ly after a several-month delay adjusting the logistics of getting her

San Salvador, in San Diego, California into the water once it was discovered she was significantly heavier than first calculated. The ship will be operated as a Boating classroom, sailing along the coast of Californ ia. The San Salvador was built in nearby Spanish Landing Park in full view of the public and by volunteers under the supervision of professional shipbuilders . Since its launch, the ship has been moved and can be viewed at the dock at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, along with the museum's extensive Beet of historic and replica ships representing many eras of Cali fornia's maritime history. (MMSD, 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101; Ph. 619 234-9153; www.sdmaritime. org) . . . The 1936 ocean liner Queen Mary has served as a film set for many memorable films and TV series in the past, including Aviator (2004), Pirates of the Caribbean (2003), The Natural (1984), and Poseidon Adventure (1972), just to name a few, but in January, crews will be aboard filming a movie about the famous ocean liner, now serving in retirement from sea as a hotel in Long SEA HISTORY 153 , WINTER 2015- 16

Sea History 153 - Winter 2015-2016  

10 National History Day-Prizes in Maritime History • 12 A New Look at the "Longitude Problem," by Daniel McFadden • 16 Maritime Archaeolog...

Sea History 153 - Winter 2015-2016  

10 National History Day-Prizes in Maritime History • 12 A New Look at the "Longitude Problem," by Daniel McFadden • 16 Maritime Archaeolog...

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