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greater variety of conservation practices to the public, creating new opportunities for educational programming and public engagement.” The NCMM system comprises the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Beaufort, and the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport. (IMLS: 955 L’Enfant Plaza North, SW, Suite 4000, Washington, DC

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20024; Ph. 202 653-4657; NCMM-B: 315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC; … The Australian National Maritime Museum has added another game to its online Game Centre, a suite of adventures focused on some of the maritime subjects interpreted by the museum. Joining “Cook’s Voyages” and “The Voyage,” Wreck Seeker asks players to take on the role of maritime archaeologists, starting with a few snippets of information and researching a shipwreck, consulting experts and documentary sources, locating the wreck and diving on the site, and then creating an exhibition interpreting the wreck. In addition to learning about maritime history, students learn about the research process. (2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia; www.sea. museum) … The city of Amsterdam is developing the world’s first fleet of autonomous floating vessels. The research project making this happen is Roboat, a collaboration between the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prototype vessels were tested in May; the team envisions a fleet of autonomous platforms that will be able to

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abrasive blasting unit and a combined workstation and dust collector, a portable downdraft workbench and a high-grade air compressor for the operation of pneumatic tools. Museum conservator Michelle Crepeau said that the lab enhancements will help expand treatment, outreach, and educational capabilities as a whole. “The expanded lab will be fully visible to the public,” Crepeau said. “This will bring a

“combine together to form floating bridges and stages, collect waste, deliver goods, and transport people, all while collecting data about the city.” Amsterdam’s 60 miles of waterways make it an ideal setting for the initiative. The boats—about 13 feet long with a speed of about 4 mph and a battery range of 12–24 hours, depending on the type of vessel and task, won’t be plying the city’s canals any time soon; it will still be 2 to 4 years before the selfsteering technology will be ready to deploy. There will also be regulatory and privacy concerns to address: for example, onboard SEA HISTORY 176, AUTUMN 2021

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