The Naval Marine Archive working with and for others
The Naval Marine Archive : the Canadian Collection is engaged and works collaboratively with other organizations and charities, to preserve and conserve, promote education and research knowledge. The NMA promotes local, national and international heritage at all ages and levels of education and provides an environment for the well being of the members of the community who are local and farther afield.
Our work with other groups, agencies, and the government has been longstanding in the history of our Charity and some of the more outstanding examples are briefly described here.
In the beginning...
Our Ultramarine Festival in 2001, jointly with Chasse-Marée, started the whole ball rolling. This international exhibition brought participants from France and the United States as well as closer neighbours from Quebec to highlight maritime heritage and jointly share remarkable achievements. Participants included Parks Canada and the Prince Edward Yacht Club. The Regent Theatre was the venue for film and music and the main venue was the Prince Edward County Crystal Palace and Curling Club, where local wineries and chefs joined in with good food, wine and cider. The Kinsmen assisted with the entrance of people and cars. The Ultramarine Festival celebrated the region's marine heritage by using the arts as a way of focusing the celebration. It developed a legacy of exchange between the arts and heritage in the region and was supported by the Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture.
Excerpt from the Quinte Model Shipwright Club about the Festival.
"One of the biggest and most widely promoted marine events that the club has participated in, "The Ultra Marine Festival", was held at the Crystal Palace in Picton in 2001. This event was opened by the Consul General of France, Hugues Goisbault, with MP Lyle Vanclief (Minister of Agriculture) and local MPP Ernie Parsons (who dedicated a plaque to commemorate the Gold Cup hydroplane races that had been held on the Hayward Long Reach). There were guest artists and musicians from France, and master model maker Roger Cole gave talks about modelling. Our club erected a huge pool outside, and this gave spectators a good view of models in action and to try a bit of steering themselves. In addition, Gary Wilson, an accomplished miniaturist, explained his intricate hobby indoors amid the over 60 models that we and sister clubs had on display."
Local and regional collaboration
Over the years the Naval Marine Archive has collaborated with many other organizations – mostly on an ongoing basis, occasionally for specific purposes or events. The list below is not definitive; additions and corrections are welcomed.
We are a member organization of Volunteer and Information Quinte. A number of our volunteers have come through their agency.
We have had for many years an agreement with Community Living providing avenues for individuals to participate in a work environment as one of our volunteers.
For the Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, we provide placements for their student volunteer program. We also present a yearly scholarship to a graduating high school student who plans to pursue a degree in history or art. As well, there are class school visits from PECI for project research, e.g. celebrating RCN anniversary.
The Royal Canadian Yacht Club, we have a memorandum of understanding working with their book collection and providing appraisals for the art and models.
As part of the international academic libraries, we have been granted the international code "CaOPIACS" (Canada, Ontario, Piction, Archives Collection Society) for our Online Public Access Catalogue, which works to preserve documents and published material.
We teach students from Durham College in library technology – our most recent student ended her studies in November 2020. Next student starting as soon as we can complete interviews after Covid.
Library students also come here for part of their Library and Information Technician Diploma | Records and Information Management Certificate | Libraries and Digital Technologies Graduate Certificate from Mohawk College, Hamilton.
We worked extensively with the Canadian Heritage Information Network to produce a freely available ships database hosted on the Naval Marine Archive website, and on other projects, particularly nomenclature.
We produced a joint Exhibition with the Mohawk Nation of Tyendinaga – Meeting on the River of Life. (The opening is shown here.) Meetings continued with the Silver Covenant Chain.
We collaborate with the Mariner's Park Museum and display artifacts and share books and assist with appraisals.
We hosted the Fiftieth Year Anniversary of Essroc's "Artist of the Year" exhibition, managing to find all but one of the paintings by the fifty laureats.
We have worked with the Japan Foundation in Toronto, and established a relationship with their librarian.
We partnered with the Maple Leaf Antique Outboard Club, they joined us in our Victory gardens for an outdoor Canada Day exhibition in 2019.
We have a long standing membership with the Ontario Historical Society.
The NMA organizes the Annual Victory Art Show (and other press releases) which displays the works of artists who live in Prince Edward County and the Quinte region.
We work with Service Canada and their summer jobs program (2021 will be our twenty second year) and hire students in the summer student programs; teaching the young people new skills. Often mentor them as they continue on at University or College.
We are involved with the Bay of Quinte Archive group and host meetings here as part of the working group.
We encourage specialized groups to visit and do research such as the Kawartha modelling group came for a visit and tour (currently we are limited by the Public Health restriction mandate).
The Canadian Merchant Veterans Association has given the NMA their records to hold and preserve.
The Friends of the Phoebe – who restored steam yacht of Kingston, and have donated their records to the NMA to hold and preserve.
In 2010 we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Navy (RCN). We worked with the Vice Admiral McFadden who came in person to open the Centennial Celebration. Models of ships were sent from headquarters in Ottawa to be a part of the display. Students participated from Loyalist College and did live interviews.
We collaborate with the Canadian Nautical Research Society and hosted the 2012 conference on the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.
We promote the Sea Cadets – HMCS Quinte. Their band came to the Victory and preformed for Trafalgar Day celebrations.
We welcome visitors from the Air Cadet crews operating locally in Picton and at Mountain View, giving them access to material for research.
We work with HMCS Cataraqui in giving talks.
We have worked with the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes in Kingston (until they partially/mostly closed). Presented talks for their members.
We work with authors from the County, province and farther afield, often having book signings, and help in providing background information, in person or on line. Many events are in our News releases.
We work with publishers such as Canadian Yachting who participated in the Yacht Design Exhibition and who have published articles about the NMA.
We assisted Doc Fest, Belleville, with their early events to promote film.
We are members of the Picton Business Improvement Association and the Prince Edward County Chamber of Commerce.
Further afield – often with internet use :
We collaborate with the Society of Nautical Research in the UK.
We provide support to students and staff at Texas A & M University, and provided research material when "in person" visiting was allowed. See for example Ben Ioset's research paper on the schooner Katie Eccles.
Our own Canadian Society of Marine Artists is currently working closely with the International Societies of Marine Artists of Great Britain (Royal Society of Marine Artists), France (Peintres officiels de la marine), Australia (Australian Society of Marine Artists) and United States (American Society of Marine Artists) to produce a new (June 2021) on-line marine art exhibition.