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Greenwich UK National Maritime Museum

Mystic Seaport USA Steamer 'Sabino'

Wentworth Australia Paddlesteamer 'Ruby' in her mud berth, Darling River

Shanghai China China Maritime Museum

Bristol UK SS 'Great Brtitain'

Rotterdam the Netherlands Rotterdam Maritime Museum waterfront

Sydney Australia Cunard's 'Queen Victoria' and Sydney Opera House

Amsterdam The Netherlands Maritime Museum

Hong Kong Hong Kong Maritime Museum

Valparaiso Chile National Maritime Museum

Hemudu China Traditional sculling passenger ferry

Cascais Portugal ICMM 2013 Congress venue, seen from Estoril

  • ICMM Notebook

    The US National Park Service, in partnership with the US Maritime Administration, has announced the availability of approximately $USD1.7 million in grant funding through its Maritime Heritage Program for projects that teach about and/or preserve sites and objects related to America’s maritime history. Grant applications will be accepted until 23 September 2014.

    o The weather rules at sea. Charles W. Morgan, Mystic Seaport's historic whaleship is delaying her departure on the next leg of her 38th voyage due to adverse weather conditions. The voyage so far has been a huge success. More hereAnd 12th July has been designated Sail for Tall Ships Day to honour the Morgan. More here

    o Coming soon! First issue of new ICMM quarterly e-newsletter. To be sure you receive each newsletter, register by clicking 'Subscribe' under 'Newsletter' in the main menu, right below the log-in section, and enter your name and email address

    o Amsterdam hosts 11th North Sea History Conference 3-5 September 2014. Full details here

    o Ever wondered what it's like to climb to the Royal yard on a tall ship? Click here to climb with Cassie aboard Charles W. Morgan on her recent passage to Newport, Rhode Island.

    o Mystic Seaport's Charles W. Morgan completes first leg of 38th voyage with passage to Newport, Rhode Island. She sails again 18th June. Click here for picture of ship under sail on first leg.

    o US Coast Guard releases report into 2012 sinking of tall ship Bounty. Access full report here

    o Start of 38th voyage for Charles W. Morgan delayed 24 hours due to poor weather. Departure now scheduled for Sunday, 15th June 2014 (US east coast time).

    Charles W. Morgan, Mystic Seaport's 1841 restored whaleship puts to sea under sail for the first time in almost 100 years. Click 'Update' for the story.

    o Mike Harrison, well known to ICMM, appointed Chief Curator at Nantucket Historical Association (NHA), USA. Click 'Update' in the main menu for the full story.

    o The June Newsletter from the Royal Museums Greenwich (UK) is available by clicking 'Update' in the main menu.

    o The 2014 European Maritime Heritage (EMH) Congress is on this week (4-7 June), in the port cities of Flensburg and Aabenraa, in the German-Danish border region. Click 'Conferences' in the main menu for more details. 

    o Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum announces appointment of Kristen Greenaway as the 49 year old museum's fifth President. Full details here

    o They've done it! Historic whaleship Charles W. Morgan was moved on 17 May, 2014 from Mystic Seaport, USA, to New London for final fit-out ready for her 38th voyage. Click 'Update' in main menu for full story

    Charles W. Morgan leaves Mystic Seaport, USA, on 17 May 2014 (weather dependent) for final fitting out, ready for start of 38th voyage set for 14 June 2014

    o May Newsletter from Royal Museums Greenwich, UK here

    o The ICMM 2015 Congress will be held in Hong Kong and Macau from 1-8 November 2015

    o ICMM's Executive Council met in Greenwich in late March. News from that meeting can be read on the President's page

    o The 'Solidarity Boards' are on show at the National Maritime Museum in Gdansk, Poland. For more details click 'Exhibitions' in the main menu

    o The Polish Maritime Museum in Gdansk has been honoured by having its title changed to the National Maritime Museum. For more details click 'Update' in the main menu

    o The World Ocean Observatory has just launched a new bi-annual e-zine on ocean culture and solutions to today's ocean issues. It's called the World Ocean Journal and the first issue can be viewed here.

    o  Royal Museums Greenwich, UK announce that entries are now open for the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014. For details, click here

    o USS Monitor lab closes at The Mariners' Museum, Newport News, USA. Press report here

    o Mystic Seaport seeks a stowaway for Charles W Morgan. Read about it here

    o It's a New Year. ICMM wishes all its members and all those involved in the world of maritime museums the very best for 2014

    o The Smithsonian Institute has launched its new 3D imaging program. One of the objects in 3D is the 1776 gunboat Philadelphia. You'll find the 3D model under the 'Browse Models' tab here.

    o Regional Workshops under the ICMM Banner – Read the new guidelines here

    o  Fire away! Advance salvo from US Historic Naval Ships Association for their 2014 Conference. Click here

    o 'Why I want to be a Captain'. From our new Hon. Treasurer, Marieke vom Bommel's brother - a real captain. Click here

    o ICMM's 2013 Congress in Cascais, Portugal, in September was most successful. Dr Kevin Fewster's first website column as newly elected President is on the President's Page.

    o Mystic Seaport's historic whaling ship Charles W. Morgan launched after her five year restoration on Sunday 21 July 2013. If you missed the launch, you can catch up here

    o Marking the passing of former President of Mariners' Museum, USA, John B Hightower. Read his obituary here

    o How much would sea level fall if . . .? Read the answer here

    o New Zealand National Maritime Museum - Big Boat's mast dropped into cafe alley. See the story here

    o Check out Roundup, a miscellany of stories from the Internet. Click here

    o ICMM North European Network on Exhibitions - First workshop

    A report on this new ICMM initiative, held in March 2013, is now on the 'Conferences' page of the website. Click here.

    o Royal order of Denmark award for ICMM's immediate past president

    Morten Hahn-Pedersen, immediate past president of ICMM, has been appointed a Knight of the Order of Dannenbrog, by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. This follows on the celebration in February 2013 of Morten's 25 years as director of the Fisheries and Maritime Museum of Esbjerg, Denmark.

    o Congratulations to Morten Hahn-Pedersen, former ICMM President

    In February 2013, Morten Hahn-Pedersen, former President of ICMM, marked 25 years as director of the Fisheries and Maritime Museum of Esbjerg, Denmark. Read more here.

    o Mary-Louise Williams receives Australian Honour

    Former Director of the Australian National Maritime Museum and long-standing ICMM member Mary-Louise Williams has been honoured in the 2013 Australia Day Honours List. Details here.

    o Tips for recruiting young volunteers

    Having friends that volunteer regularly is the primary factor influencing the volunteering habits of young people. Over 70 percent of young people with friends who regularly volunteer, also volunteer. These are two results from a US study ‘Young people and volunteering’. Read more.

    o Peking's situation desperate

    Peking, a steel-hulled four-masted barque built in 1911, which has been a largely neglected fixture at New York’s South Street Seaport for almost the last 40 years, is now in desperate need of a new home.

    The South Street Seaport Museum thought that they had an agreement with the city of Hamburg to take the grand old ship. That deal apparently fell through and the future of the old ship is again in doubt. Click here for more of the story.

    o REMINDER - Call for website pictures

    We can feature more maritime museums in the website 'carousel'. Why not email a favourite museum picture to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today with a brief description of the image.

    o 2 October 2012

    Rachel Mulhearn, Director of Liverpool Maritime Museum, and a member of ICMM's Executive Council retired on 30 September. We wish her well.

    o Rank your Top 10 maritime museums

    Here's an invitation to choose your Top 10 maritime museums in the world. Click on 'Ranking maritime museums - An invitation' in the Update panel below to get started.

    o Have a picture of your museum in the 'carousel'

    To all ICMM members: The photographic 'carousel' above this Notebook can show 20 pictures. If your museum has a photograph you would like considered for the 'carousel', email it with a brief description to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    o 29 September 2012

    Day 3 of our upgraded ICMM website. This Notebook section is now scrollable within the homepage so that you will be able to view all of the Notebook entries as they grow.The Update section below will now be kept current to include all the most interesting items from the website's various sections.

    o 27 September 2012

    Day 1 of our upgraded ICMM website. There's more going on behind the scenes, too, and additional content is coming soon.