Fan of Full Fathom Five? Be sure to check it out at its new home!

Friday, June 23, 2006

All Aboard ...

Join the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument Expedition!

The NOAA ship Hi’ialakai (“embracing the sea”) will depart for a 28-day voyage to the farthest reaches of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands on June 23, 2006.
This will be the first expedition to this area since President Bush's proclamation designating it the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument.This multidisciplinary research expedition will include a benthic habitat mapping team, maritime archaeologists and interpretation of this research through education and outreach specialists.
The Hi’ialakai recently returned from an expedition to French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and Johnston Atoll to complete work related to ecosystem connectivity, apex predator tagging and movement studies, and coral reef health assessment.
On June 23, the research vessel will set sail with 20 scientists and educators in order to conduct further studies at Kure Atoll, the northernmost atoll in the Hawaiian Islands Archipelago, and at Pearl and Hermes Atoll.
Check back during the mission for daily logs and photos from the expedition team.

Position: Library Director

The Phillips Library of the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) seeks an inspiring, imaginative, and accomplished Library Director. Reporting to the COO of the Museum, the Library
Director will lead one of New England's top research libraries, improving scholarly access, building visibility and reputation, strengthening collections and operations,
and most importantly, integrating the library fully into one of North America's largest and most distinctive art museums. The Director will have a unique opportunity to transform a highly respected research library into an innovative and active intellectual hub supporting the overall mission and global scope of PEM.

The Phillips Library has a national reputation as a major resource for the art and culture of New England and early America, Native America, Asia, Oceania, and Africa. Its holdings include more than 400,000 printed volumes with numerous rare books, over 5,000 linear feet of manuscripts, over one million photographs, and tens of thousands of broadsides, ephemera, pamphlets, periodicals, logbooks, account books, and diaries.

PS. This was posted on the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners site, there is no listing on the PEM website.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

The MHN Blog: Dialog Needed on Wawona Question: What Should We Do?

The MHN Blog: Dialog Needed on Wawona Question: What Should We Do?

Joe Follansbee of the MHN (Maritime Heritage Network )Blog has been making regular updates on the controvery surrounding the fate of the Schooner Wawona. The threat to "demolish and dispose" of unique maritime vessels is something that the we in the maritime community all need to be involved in.

Aside from the post refered to the there are several others at to provide background.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Important Closings To Note

Steamship Historical Society of America Collections

Thomas L. Hollowak, Head, Special Collections, University of Baltimore Libraries has announced that effective July 1, 2006 the Steamship Historical Society of America Collections at the University of Baltimore will go into “mothballs” (storage) and will not be accessible.

For further updates on the status of the Collections and other activities of the SSHSA, please contact the society’s office at 401-274-0805 or go to the Society’s website

San Francisco Maritime Museum

The San Francisco Maritime Museum will close for three years beginning July 10 while major repairs are made on the landmark building, an outstanding example of the streamlined moderne style.

The museum's collection of hundreds of artifacts from San Francisco's maritime past will be put into storage.

San Francisco Chronicle article

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Spinning Clio : Where History and Politics Meet: Bush is First President to Speak at U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Graduation

Spinning Clio : Where History and Politics Meet: Bush is First President to Speak at U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Graduation

Water water everywhere!

Hello all,

I've returned from cycling across the polders of Holland and Belgium. Saw lots and lots of water and things maritime. In the meantime, Marifrances has done a great job with the Compass.

Many thanks!!!!


Sunday, June 18, 2006

Salty Site of the Week...

The Colton Company is a Delray Beach, Florida firm consisting of maritime economists and industrial engineers. Not quite the place you'd necessarily bookmark for historic vessel research, but wait! Click on the "US Shipbuilding History" icon on their home page and voila!

Colton offers this modest description: "This site details the performance of the U.S. shipbuilding industry since the introduction of iron hulls and steam propulsion, tabulating each shipbuilder's construction record, ship by ship, and including not only oceangoing naval and commercial ships but also thousands of coastal and inshore ships, boats and other craft. There's nothing remotely like it anywhere on the web and no other shipbuilding nation has anything comparable." Give it a try!

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Lost World War II Submarine May be Found

According to the Associated Press, the US Navy announced today that a wreck located in the Gulf of Thailand appears to be the World War II Balao-class submarine, USS LAGARTO. The LAGARTO, commissioned in Manitowoc, Wisconsin in 1944, sank the following year during an attack on a Japanese convoy. All eighty-five officers and crew were lost.

The Navy plans no salvage operations on the wreck site, as it considers the sea to be the final resting place for the boat and her crew.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Job Opening - National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

The National Maritime Museum is seeking a Curator of 18th Century Imperial and Maritime History.

The successful candidate will:

Research and document the Museum’s eighteenth-century collections to explain their significance within their historical contexts.

Maintain a strong research profile, publishing scholarly articles and monographs and contributing to the Museum’s publication program.

Play a key role in planning and implementing the Museum’s eighteenth-century imperial and maritime collecting policy·Work with project teams concerned with special exhibitions, gallery development and updating current displays, and help provide specialist knowledge for the new imperial and maritime galleries.

Help research and deliver on-line resources based on the Museum’s eighteenth-century collections and displays, and directed at a range of audiences.

This position was posted on on Friday, June 16, 2006, with a closing date of July 11, 2006.

Weekend Quiz...

OK, you mariners, what is this? A mural of waves crashing on the shore?

No, it's the hull of a cargo ship! This beautiful photograph is the work of Los Angeles harbor-area artist Gil Mares. As Gil explains, "While searching for images in the harbor, I was drawn to the worn hulls of the ships that dock there. These ships seem as great whales with battle scars which record their life-long struggle to survive. The ships at dock can be seen every day. However, the visual secrets of the ships are generally not known because of the distance between the ships and the observer. I have concentrated on eliminating this distance to reveal their beauty. The brightly painted hulls exhibit interesting patterns and textures which are reflected in the water.
The hulls may appear delicate, tenuous, even transparent. However, the scrapes, gouges, rubber marks and rusting wounds, sometimes from the ships’ own anchors, sometimes from the ubiquitous tires found on the sides of docks and tugboats, belie this frailty. At times a series of numbers or cryptic diagrams may appear on the massive hulls. These messages communicate only to those who assist in ferrying the ships in and out of the world’s ports."