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CAMM Membership Newsletter - June 13, 2013
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Ship Plans Survey

Many thanks to those of you who have already completed the Ship Plans Survey.  If you have problems accessing the link, please contact our CAMM Administrator  Candace Clifford.
CAMM Secretary Paul Johnston shared a few items of interest:

A  prospectus for a traveling exhibit of material from La Salle's ship of exploration La Belle, which sank in the Gulf of Mexico in 1686. This is a fantastic shipwreck site, excavated and conserved by the state of Texas to full scientific standards.
A link to a video on the War of 1812, as presented by the American Society of Marine Artists. They put together about an hour of video in separate chapters, using sources from many maritime museums, inc. the Smithsonian, US Navy, etc.


Welcome to the second edition of the new CAMM Newsletter.


This issue brings you updates on some exciting maritime museum projects from across the country. I would like to thank the institutions for submitting the news and photos.


I am pleased to announce that Anna Holloway, Vice President; Museum Collections & Programs at the Mariner's Museum has agreed to serve as Vice President of CAMM. Congratulations and thanks to Anna.


If you have not had the opportunity to take a look at the new CAMM Facebook page, I would encourage you to do so. It is incredible to see the scope of maritime museum projects underway during any given time frame. It is a worthwhile few minutes of your day. 


Best Regards,

Dave Pearson

CAMM President

News from our Members
Charles W. Morgan
Photo courtesy of Mystic Seaport

Upcoming Launch of Charles W. Morgan to be Streamed Online


After four and a half years of meticulous restoration, the Charles W. Morgan, the last remaining wooden whaleship and the oldest commercial ship afloat, will be launched on July 21st. To provide the broadest possible access to this historic moment, Mystic Seaport will stream the ceremony and the launch live on the internet. The link will be posted on their website.


The 30-minute launch ceremony will begin at 2 p.m., followed by the christening and the actual lowering of the Morgan into the Mystic River, which should take another 15-20 minutes. Activities will occur while she is slowly lowered.


Mystic Seaport invites you to "virtually" attend this significant maritime event taking place on the172nd anniversary of Morgan's first launch which took place in New Bedford, Massachusetts on July 21, 1841.

Wyoming Sculpture
 Photo courtesy of Maine Maritime Museum


Wyoming Sculpture Dedicated


After seven years of preparation, on June 1st, Maine Maritime Museum celebrated the completion of the sculptural evocation of the schooner Wyoming, a monumental, life-size representation of the largest wooden sailing ship ever built in the United States.


The centerpiece of the day was a ceremony dedicating the sculpture to George Twombly--a prominent supporter of the project--and included the raising of 8-foot by 12-foot-or-longer banners or flags on the masts, each representing an important element of the Wyoming's history.  The flags and banners will remain on the masts through the end of October and will be raised again each successive year in late May. 


 "This is a special moment, a transformative one for Maine Maritime Museum, and an exciting one for the residents of Maine and for anyone interested in maritime history.  It's a powerful example of how art can bring a story to life and ignite the imagination," says Amy Lent, the Museum's executive director.   

USS Constitution
U.S. Navy photo by Sonar Technician (Submarine) 2nd Class Thomas Rooney/Released

USS Constitution Honors First Responders 


USS Constitution fires a 21-gun salute during the ship's first turnaround cruise on June 4, 2013. The underway commemorated the 71st anniversary of the Battle of Midway and recognized first responders of the Boston Marathon bombings. More than 300 first responders representing Boston and State Police, medical personnel and Boston Fire Department were invited to participate in the underway commemoration. 

This newsletter is intended for the CAMM membership.  Please share this newsletter with staff of CAMM member institutions.  If you have a colleague who is not a member of CAMM, please encourage them to join.  CAMM membership information

If you have a news item of interest to other CAMM members, please submit them to [email protected]
Candace Clifford
Council of American Maritime Museums

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