Over the last two centuries, some 300 ships have met their fate among the rocks and reefs of the Santa Barbara Channel Islands. Stately four-masted steamships ferrying gold and lumber, nimble rumrunners dodging the Coast Guard, rustbucket harpooners hunting seal and otter — all done in by the tricky currents and erratic weather that churn… Read More
SBMM is very proud to announce that Don Barthelmess—President of the Museum’s Board of Directors and Santa Barbara City College’s Marine Diving Technology Professor Emeritus—has been elected by the Academy of Underwater Arts & Science (AUAS) to receive the 2020 NOGI Award for his contributions to Sports and Education. The NOGI award, considered one of… Read More
Nature Prints Demonstration by Dwight Hwang with Commentary by Emily Miller Where: SBMM, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara When: Thursday, February 20, 2020, 7:00-8:30 pm Doors open to SBMM Members at 6:15pm and to Non-members at 6:45pm Cost: $10 (SBMM Members) ⬧ $20 (Non-members) RSVP & Register: online or (805) 456-8747 Sponsored by Marie Morrisroe… Read More
The History of the Point Conception Lighthouse Reading and Discussion with local author, Willard Thompson Where: SBMM 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara When: Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 1:00pm Free and Open to the Public. Children welcome. Register: online or (805) 456-8747 The countdown has begun…Just ten days until the 164th Anniversary of the Point… Read More
On January 9th, SBMM renamed its Collections Facility, the Kieding Collections Chandlery, in honor of one of its founders. Robert Kieding was the long-time owner of the Santa Barbara Chandlery (now West Marine) and one of the primary forces that led to the establishment of SBMM. During its opening years, he served as President and… Read More
Dave Denniston: A Celebration of Life Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara When: Saturday, February 1, 2020, 4:30-6:00 pm All welcome It is with heavy hearts that the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum received the news that long-time SBMM Docent and Volunteer Dave Denniston… Read More
Greg Gorga, Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and Don Barthelmess, President of the Board of Directors, recently took a 5 day trip to Guadalupe Island in Mexico to cage dive with the great white sharks. What an amazing experience. See the video below. Diving with White Sharks SBMM 2019 from Don Barthelmess… Read More
Congratulations to all involved! Edhat article.
Maritime Museum Exhibit and Fundraiser Celebrate Bootlegging Legends
Hi Lis- (SBMM Education Director) A huge thank you to you and your team for coming to Girl Scout Day Camp! The girls had a wonderful time today. I love that you brought a program to make them think about change. It’s what Girl Scouts is all about! I would love to dig in a… Read More
National Geographic Channel’s “Drain the Oceans,” aired a new episode on July 1st titled “Buried Secrets of the Gold Rush.” The episode featured the CINMS shipwreck Winfield Scott, a side wheel passenger steamer that wrecked at Anacapa Island in 1853 with over 500 passengers and crewmen. This segment included interviews with SBMM Board Member Robert Schwemmer,… Read More
Our David T. Nidever Sea Mew is headed to Harbor Marineworks to be repainted and cleaned up.