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To view our live webcam overlooking the back of the museum, please click this link: Maritime Museum Webcam This webcam has been set up by a group of students from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana.

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Boat Building

The Maritime Museum Boat Building Program helps students build traditional Louisiana designs under the watchful eye of experienced instructors. Lake skiffs, pirogues, and bateaux are constructed as part of three semesters annually, and several shorter classes offered periodically. Our regular boat building classes are every Monday and Wednesday evening from 6pm to 9pm, excluding most holidays. …

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Field Trips & Outreach

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving local maritime history and culture as it relates to the Lower Mississippi River Basin’s importance as a provider of wildlife habitats, water quality, and erosion and flood control. The Basin not only provides an outdoor classroom for school children and researchers, it is of great …

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2019 Junior Aquatics Engineer Summer Camps

2019 Junior Aquatic Engineers Summer Camp (Ages 8-11)  June 24-28 (deadline for applications June 12) July 22-26 (deadline for applications July 10) Looking for an exciting, educational, fun, unique summer camp experience for your child? The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum will offer two weeks of hands-on educational fun with our 2019 Junior Aquatics Engineers Summer …

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Oral History Collection

These oral histories were collected by students at Southeastern Louisiana University.  In 2005, the students were tasked with collecting oral histories concerning the Lake Pontchartrain Basin.  The 2012 oral histories relate to the history of the Wooden Boat Festival.  Please enjoy the audio and transcripts below.  For further research, contact us. Lake Pontchartrain Basin Oral …

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Jahncke Photograph Collection

Dating from 1901-1919, this photograph collection primarily relates to the Jahncke Shipbuilding Corporation in Madisonville,Louisiana.  The Jahncke Shipyard began operations just before World War I in 1917 and closed around 1970.  Shipyard workers built, operated, and repaired boats and dredges.  During World War I, Jahncke Shipyard employed about 2,200 men who built large wooden ships …

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