Happy New Year. 2014 promises to be a bit hectic for the first three months as work on the refreshment programme has started in earnest. The Don Filleul Gallery has been stripped out and the blue floor in the People Gallery has been ripped up. Work on repointing the interior wall is also well under way and I am working on a new shipwreck case - which will include the toilet bowl from the paddle steamer Paris which sank in 1862 and is one of the earliest on board flush toilets.
Been a tad short of pathetic at keeping the website up to date this year. We closed the museum for the season in November and since then we have been working on a refreshment programme. The Art of the Model Maker and the Wreck of the Havik exhibitions have been taken out and we have cleared out a lot of the area under the ramp in the People Gallery. Three new installations are going in over the winter - Sea-food, Beachlife and Seaside Entertainment. Because of the amount of work being carried out we have decided to extend the Only Sailor in the Fleet exhibition for another year.
3-5 August - Neire Maove c20th anniversary elebrations
Bob, Doug and Trevor were invited to take the Fiona over to Carteret to participate in the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Neire Maove. Leaving St Helier's number 5 berth at mid-day we made good progress in a steady 4-5 westerly reaching Carteret about an hour before the marina gate opened. While loitering around the harbour mouth we were hit by a heavy torrential downpour. When we eventually entered the channel for the port we were met by applause from hundreds of spectators who really appreciated us turning up for 'their' town'e event when so many other Channel island bodies had cancelled.
On Sunday morning we took part in the parade of sail between 9:00 and 11:30 and then in the afternoon we had a presence on the maritime history stand in the festival village. As the sun set we lead out a parade of historic boats illuminated by hand flares down the channel past the festival village as celebratory fireworks lit up the sky.
The sail back on Monday was rather wet as the anticipated 4 turned out to be a rather rumbustious 5 with gusts and a thrash back along the south coast with wind against tide generating some swell.
All through the festival both organisers and the local inhabitants were very appreciative of us attending. Other Jersey representatives were Jersey Tourism and Jersey Oyster.
6-10 June Pirates Ahoy!
Pirates will be taking over at the Maritime Museum from 6 June to 10 June in a five day swashbuckling spectacular. Pirates Ahoy! invites budding buccaneers to come along and join in an array of pirate-themed activities. Visitors will be able to see pirates show off their impressive fighting skills and hear exciting tales of hidden treasure and seafaring adventure.
By getting involved in the games and crafts on offer, children can also complete their pirate log and become an official pirate. This fantastic event has something to entertain the whole family and visitors are invited to dig out their eye patches, parrots and Jolly Rogers and wear their best costumes to become a pirate for the day.
The Maritime Museum in partnership with the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club have a large marquee in front of the Museum to encourage people to take out membership of Jersey Heritage.
Maritime open for the 2012 season.
One more day to go before we open. The Titanic panels are up, the new installation by Jooj duQuemin is ready and the Boat shop has been cleaned up. Everything looking shiny for the 2012 season. Well done to Garry and the team.
The new seasonal staff are having a guided tour of the Maritime Museum with Doug before we open.
March 15 & 16
Two groups of Hautlieu Year 11 art students have been in the Maritime Museum looking at Myths and Legends associated with the Sea and how museums use signage as part of their GCSE coursework. Thanks to Garry for opening up on Thursday and for Rene for Friday - both teachers and students really appreciated it.
Only four more weeks until the Maritime Museum opens for the season.
Tales of the Titanic Half term event at the Maritime Museum. Join living history character Violet Jessop, a first class maid who will enthrall younger visitors with tales of life on board and there will be a full programme of crafts and activities to keep our younger visitors busy. Learn how a ship floats, how the Titanic really was and why the story of this ship has captured people's imaginations for a century.
The old aquarium tank has been removed and we are in the process of building a new library for the Friends' book collection.
Great News: Just heard that the Howard D has been accepted to take part in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee river pageant on the Thames on 3 June. Now we just need to sort out some premisies to work on her. Further details about the event can be read here - http://www.thamesdiamondjubileepageant.org/
1 January 2012:
Happy New Year from everyone here at the Jersey Maritime Museum.
Maritime Museum closes for the season. Over the winter a new installation will be added in the elements gallery. Work will be carried on in the Boatshop.
Our two 1913 Hamble One Design day boats Florence and Jessie take part in the 4th Brewin Dolphin Jersey Regatta.
Sunday afternoon Bob Asplet took the Howard D over to St Aubin's for the Blessing of the Waters service.
The carronade mounted on a partial deck that Garry Coles, the maritime museum technician, and Friend of the Maritime Museum volunteer, Dave Hocquard, have been making was positioned in front of the maritime museum this morning. See the pictures on the photo page.
Sadly the proposed visit to the island of the Danish schooner Fulton had to be cancelled at short notice due to adverse weather in the North Sea, however, Jersey Heritage will be hosting a public lecture on behalf of the Fulton Trust in the Lecture Theatre of the Jersey Museum between 5:30 and 7:00 pm.
Grethe Rostboell, Head of the Fulton Youth Trust (& former Danish Culture Minister), will be talking about the salvaging and restoration of the vessel, which was then donated to the Danish goverment for use in youth rehablitation work helping youngsters back into the community. For the last 30 years she has been the flagship and essential education tool for the Trust.
Following the lecture there will be drinks and nibbles and the chance to meet/chat with Grethe Rostboll and delegates from the Fulton Trust
Doug Ford interviewed live from the Maritime Museum by Kate Jennings about the TB Davis exhibition for the BBC Jersey afternoon show.
Bob and Trevor took the boats down to the Victoria Pier for the 2011 Fishermen's Festival. We also lent the organisers the 2nd string of signal flags to decorate the cranes.
The local representative of the Apostleship of the Sea, Terry Brown, presented the Maritime Museum with one of the organisation's flags. It now flies between the Mission to Seafarers and the Friends of the Maritime Museum flags on the flagpoles outside the museum.
Pirate Mayhem at the Maritime Museum as Pirate Bob, Pip, Captains Jack and Barbarosa arrive to spend 5 days in St Helier. Families have been invited to wear their best pirate costumes and become a pirate for the day and to listen to pirate tales and watch the pirates show off their fighting skills. Small pirates can become an official pirate by completing a Pirate Log by doing tasks and crafts. Pirates Ahoy! is a Jersey Heritage event association with family law firm Sinels.
Bob Asplet and Doug Ford took the Howard D down to Granville at the request of the Conseil Général de la Manche to take part in Les grands rendezvous for the Marité.
It was good run down with a fresh north westerly which afforded us the opportunity to hoist the sail as well. The return trip on Sunday, however was a different affair with the same weather conditions making it a rather wet experience.
The Marité is a three masted schooner which is the last French vessel to have taken part in the Grand Banks cod fishery. She has just had a major refit at Cherbourg and Tatihou and is now going to be attached to the port of Granville so she may beome a familiar sight in local waters once the refit is completed. At present she is berthed in the inner basin of Granville Harbour. Official figures released by the Conseil Général report a crowd of 10,000 lining the headland, quays, jetties and welcoming boats.
Saturday 16 April
'the only sailor in the fleet' A life of TB Davis (1876-1942)
The new three-year exhibition will be a celebration of the Island’s most celebrated philanthropist and yachtsman TB Davis (1867-1942). For the first time in many years, Davis’ yachting trophies will be on display along with recently uncovered photographs. Later in the year, a biography with the same title (taken from a quote by King George V) will be published. Researched and written by Doug Ford, the exhibition and the book will look at Davis’s 21-year career at sea when he rose from a 13-year old fisherman to a qualified extra-master under sail; the ‘Missing Years’ when he made his fortune in southern Africa and the ‘Glory Years’ when, as owner of the racing schooner Westward, he was a friend of royalty.
Born into poverty in Havre des Pas, yet between 1922 and 1940, in the era of hunger marches, the Wall Street Crash and the Great Depression Davis gave away an estimated £1,000,000 to what he deemed to be good causes.
Saturday 31 March
Maritime Museum Opens for the 2014 season on Wednesday 2 April; Daily 10am to 5pm until 2nd November 2014
(Friends of the Maritime Museum free)
Children under 6 free
Children (6-16 yrs old) /Students £5.60
Seniors (65+) £7.90
Family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children £26.10
For Group Bookings - please call +44 (0)1534 633300
The Jersey Pass is accepted at the Maritime Museum.