The Living Curl at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

Sick and tired of all of the bad news in the papers and on the web? Longing for simpler times? Jamie Budge’s The Living Curl might be the antidote.

This Thursday (January 14, 2010), the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum offers The Living Curl in an old fashioned, 60s presentation: narrated live and in person by Jamie Budge. Five bucks gets you in, $10 more gets you tacos and a beer. Sounds awesome.

Thursday. January, 14 at 6 pm, Film shows at 7 pm – Call the SBMM Store at 805-962-8404 ext. 115 to purchase your tickets early!

TAke A Wet Tour of London (Without Rain)

Over the past few days, The Telegraph (UK) has published 2 useful articles for maritime culture fans heading to London. “Watery London Day One” and “Day Two.” These are “sponsored” articles, whatever that means, but they do provide you with a fun itinerary in, on and about maritime London including the HMS Belfast, the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich and London RIB Voyages. Check out the articles for all of the maritime attractions.

Okay, this is definitely a “sponsored” ad but it does look like fun!

YouTube – London Rib with Logo London Rib copy Program Stream

New Captain at the Helm of the New Bedford Whaling Museum


The New Bedford Whaling Museum is one of my favorite maritime museums. I’ve written about it before as a place that launched my passion for and career in the maritime world. (The World’s Largest Ship Model). Today the museum continues to stir the imagination of future captains like my son Luke (above). It’s always a regular port of call for our family adventures.

Last month the museum appointed James Russell as it’s new president. Most recently Mr. Russell was vice president at the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, RI and prior to that he was at the Herreshoff Museum in Bristol, RI.

Last week the New Bedford Standard Times published an interview with Mr. Russell about his thoughts about his new job and the future of the museum. Here’s a link to the article: After two weeks on the job, new president of Whaling Museum has only positive impressions (October 12, 2008)

Under the former president, Anne Brengle, who moved on to the Coast Guard Foundation last year, the museum expanded significantly and really became a world class institution. Of course, with growth comes challenges and I’m sure the new president will have his hands full for some time to come.

We wish Mr. Russell good luck and great success in navigating this great museum into it’s next era.

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