North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH) Conference

Call for Papers
Abstract Submission Deadline Extended

North American Society for Oceanic History,Canadian Nautical Research Society,National Maritime Historical Society 2014 Annual Conference
Hosted by the Erie Maritime Museum
Erie, Pennsylvania

“Connected by Water: Inland Waterways and Maritime Endeavors,” the 40th Conference of the North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH), co-sponsored the by Canadian Nautical Research Society and the National Maritime Historical Society, will be hosted by the Erie Maritime Museum in Erie, Pennsylvania, May 14-17, 2014.

Using the international connection of the Great Lakes as a backdrop, the 2014 Program Committee invites paper and session proposals that explore maritime connections, cultural landscapes, or an interweaving of both to examine the meaning and processes of our maritime heritage. Suggested topic areas include cultural connections, race, gender, archaeology, empire, military (e.g., War of 1812), indigenous, environmental, public history, and parks and protected areas. Additional topics and geographic focuses are welcome for submission and the Program Committee will consider papers and sessions exploring all aspects of history and archaeology related to saltwater or navigable freshwater environments. Papers from graduate students and junior scholars with fresh approaches to maritime history are greatly encouraged.

Students may apply for a Chad Smith Travel Grant to assist in travel to present a paper at the conference. Additionally, the Clark G. Reynolds Student Paper Award is provided each year to the author of the best paper by a graduate student delivered at the society’s annual conference. Please see the awards section of the NASOH website for details.

The Program Committee welcomes the submission of individual papers and full sessions, preferring panels with three papers. Session and Individual paper proposals should include: A) An abstract, not to exceed 250 words; B) A 200-word bio for the presenter; C) Contact information including phone number, address, affiliation, and email.  Accommodations for PowerPoint presentations will be provided; however, any other requirements, including audio-visual equipment, special outlets, or accommodations for disabilities should be included in the proposal.  Please note that all participants must register for the conference.

The deadline for proposal submission is extended to February 28, 2014. Please submit proposal packets electronically to the Program Committee. These should be sent to: Program Co-Chair Vic Mastone at NASOH members interested in serving as panel chairs, please send an email to the Program Committee at the same address.

Stow Away on the Charles W. Morgan

Stowaway on the Charles W. Morgan, last wooden whaleship, Mystic Seaport Museum Mystic, CT
Mystic Seaport is seeking a curious, enthusiastic and engaging adult to “stow away” on the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan during her 38th Voyage and to share their journey with the world. The 38th Voyage will bring the ship to historic New England ports. The Stowaway will watch, inquire, learn, participate, and use their creative energy to share this once-in-a-lifetime experience through blogging, videos, social media, and activities in the port cities. Absolutely no sailing experience is necessary! Curious non-mariners are encouraged to apply. Requirements: • Stay with the ship and be fully committed from June 10 through August 10, 2014 — no exceptions. • Be over 21 years of age. • Be comfortable using a computer, social media, and video software or be a quick study. • Be able to meet and interact with a diverse range of people • Be able to live aboard a historic vessel requiring frequent use of ladders and exposure to a range of temperatures and weather. • Be team-oriented and able to live in a shared space for an extended period (you will share a bunk on board with 20-30 others). • Be self-motivated and able to work independently, with professionalism at all times. • Be willing to learn and take on any and all jobs associated with living and working aboard a sailing vessel • Final applicants are required to pass a drug test and criminal background check.

Visit for full details and an application. Complete applications include an application form, resume, and 60-second video created by you.

Deadline: 2/18/14.

PhD Studentship

PhD Studentship:

Colonising the Last Place on Earth: Quantifying Polynesian Canoe Performance Under Different Climate Regimes
University of Southampton -Engineering and the Environment

open until filled, apply today!

The Pacific Islands of Polynesia were the last part of the earth’s surface to be colonised by humans. Recent analysis of the dates of colonisation indicates that this occurred in phases, with the main migrations occurring as far east as Samoa/Tonga and Fiji by ~800B.C. Colonisation of islands further to the east occurred after an hiatus of ~1800 years. The reasons for this hiatus are subject to speculation, with current arguments ranging from climatic deterioration to technical barriers resulting from canoe sailing performance that where only resolved later as design improvements evolved. This research centres on a hypothesis that the sailing performance of Polynesian canoes during the period ~ 800 BC – ~1015 A.D. restricted further eastward migration. The key aim of the research is to determine whether technical barriers prevented movement of humans between islands during the c.1000 year hiatus in migration. It is intended that the research will allow for:

1.  Development of realistic models of ocean going canoe hull designs and sail characteristics from the period of early colonisation.

2.  Establishment of canoe hull hydrodynamic and sail aerodynamic performance under a range of wind and wave climate conditions.

3.  Determination of probable wind and wave climate conditions during different phases of colonisation.

4.  Modelling of route optimisation under different wind/wave climates representative of different phases of colonisation.

5.  Identification of specific wind/wave climates that optimised voyaging between key island destinations (e.g. Cook Islands, Society Islands, Tuamotu, Marquesas, Gambier, Rapu Nui (Easter Island), Hawaii, New Zealand).

The supervisory team will include naval architects, geographers and maritime archaeologists. The candidate should have a degree in an applied science (e.g. physics or oceanography) or a mechanical engineering discipline (e.g. naval architecture/aeronautics/mechanical).

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr James Blake, Fluid-Structure Interactions research group, Email:, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 9544

31 January 2014

1) Alan Pearsall Postdoctoral Fellowship in Naval and Maritime History University of London -School of Advanced Study, closes 4 April.

2) Park Ranger, Duluth Maritime Museum, closes 5 February

3) Historian, US Naval History and Heritage Command, closes 4 February

This position is located at the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC), Washington Navy Yard.  The mission of the Naval History and Heritage Command is to: collect, preserve, protect, and make available the artifacts, documents, and art that best embody our naval history and heritage for present and future generations through professional research, analysis, interpretation, products and services.

2 Naval Historian Jobs

1) Naval Historian, Naval History and Heritage Command, closes 28 January

This position is being filled using the Pathways Recent Graduate Program.  Please ensure you review the qualifications portions of this posting closely for eligibility requirements.

This position is with the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC), the Navy’s principal agency filling the Navy’s needs for historical and heritage services. As an official Department of the Navy Museum, the Great Lakes Naval Museum’s mission is to select, collect, preserve, and interpret the history of the United States Navy with particular emphasis on the Navy’s only “boot camp” at Naval Station Great Lakes, Great Lakes, Illinois.


2) Historian Manager, Naval Special Warfare Command, apply today.

HDG is currently seeking a full-time (exempt) Historian Manager for a Naval Special Warfare Major Command.  This is a contract position located on Dam Neck Annex, Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Position Description: Individual will serve as an historian (management administrative support) for the Government.  Historian will be responsible for conducting research and collecting interviews, reports, operational vignettes, and data to provide historical information for the command through the use of database updates and entries and writing reports.  The historian will be responsible for completing and submitting the annual Command Operations Report; the historian will also be responsible for delivering historical lectures to command members as required.

Requirements: Individual must have an extensive knowledge of the tactics, techniques, and procedures used by Naval Special Warfare and an in-depth and current understanding of operations involving Special Operations Forces as well as being familiar with the current Naval Special Warfare command mission in order to effectively fulfill this requirement.  Bachelors Degree is required and a Masters Degree is desired.  Demonstrated writing and lecturing skills are critical as is the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.  An Active SECRET clearance is required.

Specific Duties:  Historian will conduct a complete review of the Naval Special Warfare command history documents.  Historian will perform research, analysis, interpretation, and interviews as required to accurately complete the annual Command Operations Report per OPNAVINST 5750.12J.  Historian will present documents to NSW headquarters and NSW Special Security Officer for review and then provide copies of final reports to higher headquarters via electronic means.  Preservation and storage in government-provided secure storage on back-up CD for NSW is required.  Historian must publish Command Operations Report on established command portal for command access.  Historian must be able to effectively deliver command history lectures to designated command members upon request.  Historian will continue to populate, organize, and maintain the existing command database format.  Will identify the data to capture, format, and report as required pertinent photos, videos and recordings.  Historian will work with NSW automated information system (AIS) and knowledge management personnel to maintain the database in a useable and accessible portal format.

Security Clearance: Active SECRET Security Clearance Required with no derogatory background investigation.

New 2014 Websites Updated

I will point you to new 2014 websites as I see them updated.

SEARCH Maritime Archaeology has been updated, check out the new site:

Check out the careers page to see if they have job openings.

24 January 2014

1) Junior Conservator ships model and scale models, closes 18 April

The Rijksmuseum’s model ship and scale-model collection is one of the most prominent maritime collections in the world. The heart of the collection consists of technical scale models constructed during the 19th century by order of the Ministry of the Navy. Such models were tools in the process of designing and constructing new naval vessels. These models were initially kept in the Marinemodellenkamer (Naval Models Room) in The Hague. This collection was soon expanded to include unique model ships from the 17th and 18th centuries, technical tools, weapons and captured standards. With the reopening of the Rijksmuseum, a significant part of this collection is once again on show to the general public, for the first time in almost a century. Over the past thirty years, intensive efforts have been made to fully treat and describe the approximately 1600 objects that make up this collection. In 2014, this work will culminate in the publication of a catalogue of the entire collection. The next few years will be devoted to research into the production process used to create these exceptional scale models. This project will focus mainly on the model makers themselves, and on the materials and methods that they used.

2) Educator, USS Constitution Museum

USS Constitution Museum Boston, MA
Educators at the USS Constitution Museum work in a highly visible position that is essential to fulfilling the Museum’s mission of creating a positive, memorable experience where visitors can learn and connect to history. This seasonal (March 18-October 31) part-time position is responsible for welcoming and providing exceptional customer service to our visitors; facilitating a range of hands-on interpretive programs for different audiences, including families and Pre K-12th grade students; and encouraging visitors to voluntarily donate to the Museum. As a part of the Museum Learning department, you will be trained in interpretation techniques, customer service, and USS Constitution’s history. Ideal candidates possess strong customer service, organizational, oral and written communication skills; a mature and outgoing personality; and an enjoyment for interacting with members of the public. Previous employment or volunteer experience in museum education/interpretation or customer service positions is preferred. Those selected for the position will be required to attend training at the end of March. One weekend day is required. Interested individuals should send letter of interest, resume, and references to Only those selected for interviews will be contacted. EOE.

Maritime Archaeologist

A fantastic opportunity has arisen to join a Risk Management Company in Bury St Edmunds as a Research Administrator on a temp to perm basis with an immediate start.

The successful candidate will be assisting colleagues with researching on projects and carrying out statistical analysis.


* Maritime Archaeology/Geology degree or equivalent
* Previous experience within a research role is desirable but not essential
* An eye for detail and ability to complete projects and keep to deadlines

NOAA Marine Survey

This job was sent to me by an underwater archaeologist who used to have this job. If you want to learn marine survey and become a better underwater archaeologist, apply for this job. Note: “NRT Personnel are in a travel status 100% of the time.” What does this mean to you? Per diem 365 days of the year. Apply today. Closes 27 January 2013.


Honor Frost Foundation Masters and/or Doctoral Awards in Maritime Archaeology

Honor Frost Foundation Masters and/or Doctoral Awards in Maritime Archaeology at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Southampton

Applications are invited for a fully-funded studentship from the Honor Frost Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is promoting the advancement and research, including publication, of maritime archaeology with particular focus on the eastern Mediterranean. The Foundation is keen to support educational opportunities for students from the primary regions where Honor worked and is supporting a scholarship in Maritime Archaeology for students from Cyprus, Lebanon and Syria to attend the University of Southampton in September 2014.

The scholarship is primarily for study at MA/MSc level with the possibility of further funding for PhD, but may also be offered at PhD level if there are suitable candidates. Due to the nature of this award, it is only available to students from Cyprus, Lebanon and Syria. 

Students will be registered at the University of Southampton and supervised by experts in the field of Maritime Archaeology.

Closes: Thursday 01 May 2014

16 January 2014

1) Executive Director, Herreshoff Marine Museum, Bristol, RI
The Herreshoff Marine Museum (HMM) houses one of the nation’s foremost historic maritime collections, presenting and interpreting the history and accomplishments of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. Herreshoff boats dominated competitive sailing from 1891 to 1925, including the design and building of five successful America’s Cup defenders. Located in Bristol, Rhode Island, the HMM campus comprises eight buildings, four of them of historic significance, and extensive waterfront and docks, that are a destination for cruising sailors and small cruise ships as well as a venue for yacht rallies and regattas, and an attractive location for summer weddings and other events. A five-year strategic plan has recently been adopted and will guide HMM in achieving its potential. As the chief executive officer reporting to the chairman of the board of directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the leadership and management of the entire organization, and for all programs, fundraising, budgets, partnerships, and external relations. S/he must guide the Museum through a period of carefully managed growth, primarily created by outreach to the general public, classic boat enthusiasts, and local educational institutions. He or she must be a pro-active, visible symbol of HMM, upholding the highest standards in all of its activities and operations, maintaining fiscal discipline, and ensuring consistency in direction, communication, organizational alignment and vision. Complete descriptions of the job and HMM are online at Address inquiries or an application with resume not later than February 21, 2014 to Larry Lavers, Chief Operating Officer, at 401 253 5000

2) Director of Education, The Herreshoff Marine Museum / America’s Cup Hall of Fame, Bristol, RI
The Herreshoff Marine Museum / America’s Cup Hall of Fame seeks a Director of Education to plan, develop and administer the education program of the Museum. This individual would work with teachers and school administrators to develop and execute field trips and other educational programs for students. Responsibilities include working with Bristol, Warren and other school system representatives to develop programs that provide useful and enjoyable educational experiences for students, especially in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. He/she would also work with other staff members to plan and present film programs and other special activities, assist the Volunteer Manager in planning and developing training materials and programs for docents and other volunteers, prepare budgets for education programs, assist in the preparation of marketing and other materials for education programs, especially the summer sailing program, execute the student enrollment process for the sailing school and other educational programs, participate in the development of exhibits and plan, recruit speakers for and manages the Museum’s lecture series. This position requires a Bachelor’s degree and teaching experience. The ideal candidate would also have experience with and interest in sailing, a degree in Museum Science or Museum Education and experience planning for or teaching to curriculum standards. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Larry Lavers at

Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership Vacancies

Applications are invited for a part time Project Co-ordinator and 5 trainees for the Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership project, a new Heritage Lottery Skills for the Future funded initiative managed by National Historic Ships UK (NHS-UK).

Subject to confirmation of HLF funding on 28 January, this project will provide ten 12-month training placements at five partner sites ranging from Scotland to the West Country and offering on-board specialist training to ensure the significance of these craft and the ability to operate them safely and effectively is kept alive. The trainees will also undertake a tailored course in historic vessel maintenance at the International Boatbuilding Training College and an interpretation placement at the Scottish Fisheries Museum. A skills mapping exercise will provide template training models for the wider sector and an assessment framework for seamanship skills will be developed as a project legacy.

To apply for the project co-ordinator role or one of the trainee vacancies, please view the job descriptions at:  Closing date for applications is 31 January 2014

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 67,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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