The Museum Small Craft Association is a group of professionals and amateurs involved in the study and preservation of traditional small craft.

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MSCA Annual Meeting

The Museum Small Craft Association will meet this year as part of the 10th Maritime Heritage Conference to be held in Norfolk, Virginia, Wednesday, 17 September – Saturday, 20 September. Two MSCA organized sessions on small craft will be held: Documentation in the Digital Age on Friday morning, and Preserving and Disseminating Traditional Maritime Skills in Museum Settings on Saturday morning. Details of these sessions are below with a link to the entire program.

On Wednesday afternoon for MSCA members there will be a tour of the International Small Craft Center and the collection of nearly 150 boats from 36 countries at Mariners’ Museum in nearby Newport News. Also planned is an informal dinner for MSCA members on Thursday evening. For more information visit the MSCA website www.museumsmallcraft.org or contact David Cockey davidcockey@gmail.com

Maritime Heritage Conference website: http://nauticus.org/maritime/index.html

Program details can be downloaded from: http://www.nauticus.org/maritime/program.pdf

Friday, 19 September 10:30am-12:15pm

5e. Small Craft Panel 1

Documentation in the Digital Age
Moderator: Paul Fontenoy, Ph.D., Curator of Maritime Research, North Carolina Maritime Museums

Todd A. Croteau, HAER Maritime Program Coordinator Digital Documentation of Historic Maritime Resources: The National Park Service approach and recent developments

David Cockey, Ph.D., Independent Researcher Photogrammetry for Digital Documentation: An economical and effective tool

Richard K. Anderson, Independent Researcher Reconstructing the Historic Yacht Kathleen

John Muir, San Francisco National Maritime Historic Park Reconstructing the Historic Yacht Kathleen

Saturday, 20 September 9:30am-11:15am

8e. Small Craft Panel 2

Preserving and Disseminating Traditional Maritime Skills in Museum Settings
Moderator: David Cockey, Ph.D., Independent Researcher

Pete Lesher, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
The Apprentice Programs at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Walter Rybka, Erie Maritime Museum
Sailing the US Brig Niagara and its Ships Boats

John Muir, San Francisco National Maritime Historic Park
Recreating and Operating Some Unusual San Francisco Bay Watercraft


The Museum Small Craft Association is a national organization of museum professionals and others including amateurs who share an interest in small boat conservation and restoration, the preservation of traditional skills, scholarly research and historic boat documentation. Individual membership is free, institutional membership is $50/year.