The Cape May Maritime Museum is pleased to announce plans to partner with the Museum of Cape May County beginning in the Spring of 2017. The Museum has a treasure trove of maritime artifacts to compliment the Maritime Museum’s collection! In early June the Maritime Museum’s divers will be offering a Shipwreck Exhibit in the Gallery at The Museum. Treasures dating back to the 1700’s recovered by local Master Divers from their research vessel will provide a fascinating window into what lies below the waters just off our local shores! Tales of heroism, tragedies and incredible riches as they relate to vessels that met their untimely demise.
U.S. Coast Guard Motor Life Boat CG36538 Restoration.
Dr. William (Bill) Thiesen, Commander U.S. Coast Guard Historians Foundation, has been instrumental in the Maritime Museum’s acquisition of this national treasure. CG36538 was transported back to her home port from the Cheatham Virginia Naval Weapons and Warehouse by boat hauler Bob Smizer. She has been deemed eligible for inclusion on the New Jersey and National Historic Registries. A Cape May County Open Spaces Trust Grant Application submitted by Joan Berkey was approved to assist with the restoration. Of the 228 built at Curtis Bay, MD only a few of these vessels remain. CG36538 was operational in Ocean City, Cape May County, NJ in the 1960’s. Maritime Museum metal shipwright volunteer Wayne Whalen will be joining Milt Edelman, Wayne Adams and other Museum & Coast Guard volunteers in this challenging restoration effort! Master Diesel Machinist Joseph Stefanovicz, along with Eckel’s and South Jersey Diesel Marine Servicers are remanufacturing the GM471 Engine.