Sally Kress Tompkins Maritime Documentation Internship

The Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM) are pleased to announce the Maritime Internship in memory of Sally Kress Tompkins, former Deputy Chief of HABS/HAER and initiator of the HAER maritime documentation program. The internship will permit a student or recent graduate of history, maritime history, historic preservation, or maritime studies or other related field to work as a summer intern on a HAER maritime documentation project. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen. The selected recipient will serve as an historian preparing short-format historical reports of selected fishing vessels representative of Great Lakes fisheries.


The recipient will receive a stipend of $15,000 and will work for 12 weeks during the summer of 2020 in Michigan. Housing may also be available. The Sally Kress Tompkins Maritime Intern will be selected by HAER.


Please submit the following by March 6, 2020 (postmark date):

  1. Resume
  2. Letter of recommendation (from a faculty member or employer)
  3. Work sample (history with footnotes/endnotes and bibliography)

Applications should be submitted to:

Justine Christianson
Heritage Documentation Programs
National Park Service
1849 C Street NW, Mail Stop 7408
Washington, DC 20240
Note: All USPS mail sent to our building is subject to irradiation. Items may be damaged.

Explorer in Training Program

The deadline for current and recent undergraduate and graduate students to apply for our Explorer-in-Training program is coming up — in two days! Get your application in by January 31 to be considered for an opportunity to gain valuable experience in deepwater mapping and exploration on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.

For more information, visit:

CFP: 2020 North American Society for Oceanic History Conference in Pensacola, FL

Call closes soon. Get your papers in and head down to Pensacola.

Maritime Connections: History, Heritage and the Maritime Landscape

North American Society for Oceanic History
2020 Annual Conference
Pensacola, FL

The University of West Florida will host the 2020 Annual Conference of the North American Society for Oceanic History. 

 May 14-17, 2020

Pensacola’s maritime history stretches back into the age of exploration. More than 60 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, almost a half century before the English planted the Jamestown colony and more than a half decade before the Spanish founded St. Augustine, Tristán de Luna brought his fleet of Spanish ships into Pensacola Bay. Luna sailed into the bay in the summer of 1559 to claim the territory for Spain and to provide protection to the valuable shipments of gold and silver. Although Luna’s colony lasted only two more years, it is “America’s First Settlement,” and represents Spain’s first attempt to control North American territory. Since that fateful storm, the Spanish, English, French, Americans and the Confederacy, recognized the importance of the area’s natural resources as each fought for control of Pensacola, both as a military asset and for financial gain. Despite several military conflicts, numerous hurricanes, malaria outbreaks, yellow fever epidemics, and other disasters, Pensacola remained steadfast in rebuilding and recreating its community. More recent events, such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, severe weather events, and the effects of climate change have continued to challenge, not only Pensacola, but maritime communities throughout the world. 

Using Pensacola as an example of the importance of maritime connections, the 2020 NASOH Conference invites paper and session proposals that explore maritime history and archaeology as they relate to larger connections concerning landscapes, heritage and the preservation of cultural resources.  Suggested topic areas include, but are not limited to, maritime landscape, archaeology, empire, race, gender, military, cultural contact, environmental impact, public history, cultural resource management, and historic preservation. 

Papers from graduate students and junior scholars 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. Individual paper proposals should include a.) An abstract, not to exceed 250 words b). A 250-word presenter bio c.) Contact information including phone number, address, affiliation, and email. Panel proposals may also be submitted inclusive of the above information for each paper. 

The deadline for proposal submission is February 1, 2020.

Please submit proposal packets electronically to the Program Committee. These should be sent to:, Program Chair. NASOH members interested in serving as panel chairs, please send an email to the Program Committee at the above address. 

CFP: Underwater Archaeology Symposium

Call For Papers – International Mustafa V. Koç Underwater Archaeology Symposium Mrs. Caroline Koç, wife of Mustafa Koç, is kindly supporting this event. To make this symposium memorable, we have invited leading nautical archeologists from around the globe to speak, including Cemal Pulak as Keynote speaker (Uluburun Bronze-age shipwreck), Frederick Hocker (Vasa), Jim Bruseth (La Belle), Kroum Batchvarov (Black Sea shipwreck survey project), Ufuk Kocabaş (Yenikapı shipwrecks), Hakan Öniz (newly discovered Bronze-age shipwreck), Taras Pevny (Dnieper River and Kozak shipwrecks), President of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, Deborah Carlson (Kızılburun shipwreck), Irena Radic Rossi (Gnalic shipwreck), Deborah Cvikel (Ottoman shipwrecks in Israeli waters from 18th-19th centuries), Stella Demesticha (Mazotos shipwreck), Alexandre Belov (Shipwrecks of Heraklion), Mladen Pesic (Underwater excavations of the ancient Roman port in Sukosana near Zadar).

In addition to the keynote and invited speakers, academics and researchers wishing to participate in the symposium are asked to prepare an abstract of 400 words or less and submit it via e-mail to the symposium secretary, Ay Sanem Yükselsoy Tekcan , at no later than March 30, 2020. All abstracts will be evaluated by the scientific committee of the organization and a final list of participants will be posted by April 30, 2020. During the evaluation process, emphasis will be given to new projects and previously unpublished subjects. Students of nautical, maritime, and underwater archaeology are strongly encouraged to participate in the symposium, preferably with new research or previously unstudied subjects.

Presentation time is limited to 20 minutes. Keynote and invited speakers presentation times are limited to 30 minutes. Presentations will be published in a symposium proceedings and all invited speakers and participants are expected to submit publishable papers at the end of the symposium (10.000 words, 10 images maximum).

Archaeological Conservator

Assists the Historic Conservator with conserving marine and terrestrial archaeological objects.

Processes and documents archaeological objects.

Assists the Historic Conservator with facility and equipment maintenance. This duty includes procuring supplies, arranging for equipment inspections, and ensuring the laboratory workspace remains clean and neat.

Assists the Collections Manager and Historic Conservator with public outreach programs, including laboratory tours and other speaking engagements.

Assist the Historic Conservator with maintaining a safe lab environment, including safety inspections.

Assists the Historic Conservator with instructing and training conservation interns and volunteers.

Performs other work related duties as required.

Basic archaeological conservation knowledge including marine and terrestrial objects, including documentation, photography, and basic cleaning and treatments


Call for applications: Underwater Archaeological Finds Conservation and Restoration Courses, spring 2020

The International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar (ICUA Zadar) is once again organising courses in the restoration and conservation of underwater archaeological finds to be held in Zadar, Croatia in the period from March – April 2020.

This international course is targeted to the practical and theoretical training of candidates for independent work in the restoration and conservation of underwater archaeological finds.

The courses will consist of practical work under the supervision of a mentor at the workshops of the ICUA Zadar. Candidates will have the opportunity to select work on the various materials treated at the three main workshops that deal with metal, ceramic and glass, and organic finds. Training will be provided by ICUA Zadar staff, pursuant to the course programme manual and the standards valid for the ICUA/UNESCO advanced course staged in 2011.

Candidates can choose from a number of modules. We are planning a one-month Advanced Course that can be staged in one of the three main workshops, or a two-week Introductory Course that will involve work in all three workshops.

At the end of the course candidates will take an exam on the theoretical and practical segments, after which they will be entitled to a certificate confirming that they have passed our Centre’s course for specialised conservators/restorers of underwater archaeological finds.

NCPTT Grants for Projects

2020 Preservation Technology and Training Grants –

PTT Grants – are intended to create better tools, better materials, and better approaches to conserving buildings, landscapes, sites, and collections. The PTT Grants are administered by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training – NCPTT, the National Park Service¿s innovation center for the preservation community. The competitive grants program will provide funding to federal agencies, states, tribes, local governments, and non-profit organizations.

PTT Grants will support the following activities: – Innovative research that develops new technologies or adapts existing technologies to preserve cultural resources – typically 20,000 dollars. – Specialized workshops or symposia that identify and address national preservation needs – typically 15,000 to 20,000 dollars. – How-to videos, mobile applications, podcasts, best practices publications, or webinars that disseminate practical preservation methods or provide better tools for preservation practice – typically 5,000 to 15,000 dollars.

The maximum grant award is 20,000 dollars. The actual grant award amount is dependent on the scope of the proposed activity. NCPTT does not fund brick and mortar grants.