On behalf of the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s Pacific Heritage Tour crew I wanted to personally thank you for setting up a very successful volunteer program and would like to say how much I enjoyed working with your volunteers. Your volunteers were professional and made the ship visit a pleasant and safe experience for all who crossed over the gangway to San Salvador. All days were executed very nicely from the visitor’s experience, but Sunday was particularity demanding, and through it all the volunteers were a pleasure to meet and fantastic to work with the whole time. The Pacific Heritage Tour is very demanding yet it cannot happen without volunteer support. Having a solid group of volunteers like yours is what makes the experience so rewarding for many of us. Please extend a heart filled thank you to all who volunteered their time for the Santa Barbara San Salvador visit.
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Jim Woodward is a lampist. A what, you ask? A lampist’s main job is to keep the enormous, delicate glass lenses of lighthouse lights in tip-top shape so that ships at sea stay safe. But over the years, glass lenses have fallen out of vogue. Now, most of the notable lighthouse lenses in the United States are beset with plastic LED lights. But Woodward, one of the country’s last lampists, soldiers on. We joined him at Point Reyes National Seashore, where one of the great glass lenses is still in place, lighting the way for sailors at sea.
This Great Big Story was inspired by Genesis Video
It looks like a slice out of a history book: a nearly 100 foot long, 150 ton full scale replica of a Spanish galleon which is visting Santa Barbara County for the very first time.
Emily Waingrow Falke (Deputy Director, Curator and Education Director) was interviewed by Voice Magazine on her new exhibit — The Geology of Oil in the Santa Barbara Channel & The Chumash Use of Asphaltum.
You can read it here on page 7.
SBMM Board Vice-President Don Barthelmess and SBMM Executive Director Greg
Gorga welcomed United States Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to the
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum for a tour. Secretary Zinke stated: “A
phenomenal, must see history of Santa Barbara!”
SBMM ED Greg Gorga enjoying a visit to Point Reyes Lighthouse and Life Boat Station during the Council of American Maritime Museums annual conference.
During our new exhibit opening, The Geology of Oil in the Santa Barbara Channel & The Chumash Use of Asphaltum, Jing Wan, the California Operations Asset Manager at the Santa Ynez Unit for ExxonMobil, hands a check to Greg Gorga, our Executive Director. Also, in the photo are Board President, Gail Anikouchine and Board Member, Chuck Wilson.
SBMM mourns the loss of Association of Diving Contractors International Hall of Fame Diver Torrance Parker, pictured here with SBMM Executive Director Greg Gorga.
A new Educational Resource website “TeachChannelIslands” for the documentary film series “West of the West: Tales from California’s Channel Islands is now online. The filmmakers are grateful to the experts, teachers, and generous funders who have made this Educational Website possible and free to all teachers and educational institutions.