In support of the Museum’s mission to interpret maritime history, the curator will occasionallyexhibit maritime art that can rarely be viewed at any other venue in the region. From June 16through September 30, 2005, for example, the Museum opened a first-ever exhibit of the worksof the late Thomas Hoyne.
Ships and Boat Building
Since 1996, the Seaport Museum has been solely responsible for the preservation andconservation of two National Historic Landmarks, the
is known for its role in the key Battle of Manila Bay in the Spanish-American War andlater served as a convoy escort vessel during the First World War, where in one of her lastmissions,
brought the body of the Unknown Soldier home to its final resting place inArlington National Cemetery.A veteran of the underwater combat of World War II as well as Cold War Arctic ice exercises,
was commissioned in 1944 and completed 25 years of active submarine servicebefore being decommissioned in 1969.Over the years, the Museum has also purchased a number of other boats for charter purposes,most of which have now been sold. The Museum currently has 60 boats in its small craftcollection in addition to its two historic ships.Nestled inside the Seaport Museum is
Workshop on the Water
, where craftsmen build andrenovate wooden boats. The only one of its kind in Pennsylvania, the
specializes inbuilding boats indigenous to the Delaware Valley and New Jersey Shore. The arts of the builder,rigger, and sailor are promoted through the construction and restoration of a wide variety of 19
Workshop on the Water
has two full-time craftsmen who are assisted by a corps of volunteers.The
occasionally offers boat-building classes geared to providing amateur builderswith the instruction they need to get started on their own projects.
Education and Research
Over 20,000 students visit the Museum each year, and both Board and staff cite this as theMuseum’s greatest contribution to the community. Most who visit attend schools with scarceresources and few extracurricular activities. The museum is currently exploring ways to attract abroader spectrum of schools as well.Students navigate the cramped spaces of a World War II-era submarine or stand whereCommodore Dewey once stood on
and issued the order, “You may fire when you areready, Gridley.” They learn about other aspects of local history as well, such as ship-building,the Philadelphia Naval Yard, trade with China, the commercial operations of the port, oil tankers,
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