Let’s talk about the Ocean…of Plastics, clean-up efforts, & how to help

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Poster (by Stamatis Kardaris)

By now, you may be used to reading humorous stories for our #iamaMariner blog series, but this time, we wanted to talk about something a little more serious, and quite important. Why is this topic important to us as a maritime museum, you ask? Well, we are all connected to the water, and the state of our waterways plays a critical role in how we interact with this amazing and powerful resource. So, let’s get a little serious for now, and we’ll get back to the funny stories next time.

Fact vs. Myth

By now you’ve probably heard about the plastic island in the Pacific. Between the current push to recycle, sea turtles being classified as endangered, and most recently the fight against plastic straws, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has been in all sorts of news and media. Not ringing a bell? Check out more about it here.    Read more

Message in a bottle

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It says, “I’ll send an S.O.S. to the world”

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What did you first think of when you read that phrase: message in a bottle? Maybe you thought of the 1979 Police song S.O.S (Message in a Bottle)? And don’t pretend the chorus isn’t stuck in your head now (its been replaying in mine for days).   Read more

More Than Words: Explaining the mission of The Mariners’ Museum and Park

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Kevin Bacon; 1984, Footloose

You learned the mission statement. Maybe you even memorized the words, but if someone asked you “why?”, “how?” could you explain the point? School songs, organizations’ codes, institutional missions – all too often these important and carefully crafted statements are recited without much attention to what the deeper meaning is.

Recently, The Mariners’ Museum and Park underwent a major re-invention of our purpose. We do not want to stand by, stagnantly aging. Instead we aim to become a world leader through our collections and archives, their care and management, and our message to visitors.   Read more

USS Consolation Re-Union

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Our visitors of the week were members of a tour group from the USS Consolation, a hospital ship that was positioned in the Pacific during the Korean War in 1951. This was the first hospital ship to have a heliport to receive wounded soldiers by helicopter. This group of visitors totaled 59, and I had a group of about 20. They were most impressed with The Mariners’ Museum and appreciative of the tour. This was very consoling to me, since this WAS a group from the USS CONSOLATION!