ABOUT US

The purpose of IML is to create a single source for maritime information. These sources will include books, periodicals, documents, personal papers and photographs. The computerization of this material will allow members easy access to information.

Some research has already been compiled, but much, much more needs to be done. IML will begin by collecting the most common periodicals and databasing them. A complete list of all periodicals and newsletters published around the world will be compiled as funding allows, each will be purchased.

At the same time a database listing all maritime books, both non-fiction and fiction, will be developed. This will be followed by another database of the nonfiction book’s indexes, which will allow researchers a quick list of books and where to find the specific information they are serarching for.

Current information will be the backbone of IML’s mission. Most people want to be able to search current books and periodicals for up-to-date information. Developing the list of periodicals, the database for periodical information, as well as the database for books, both in and out-of-print, and their indexes, will be the main goal.

Just as important, is the need to reference books and periodicals as far back as possible. As the computerization takes place with the current books and periodicals, attention will be given to the out-of-print material. There is a vast amount of work needing to be done to accomplish this goal, since some of the material is no longer available. Development of lists, for both books and periodicals, will be developed.

Access to the material compiled by IML will be available via this website, and at a their offices at a future date. This website will be a key reference tool for those interested in locating maritime information. You must be an IML member to access the research material.

Funding will determine which goals can be accomplished and on what time-line. The first priority for IML is obtaining the periodicals and books and databasing them for easy access. Work will also continue on historical works, especially transcribing from various coastal newspapers and government documents.

Space is a major issue. A capital campaign will be underway shortly to locate a piece of property and erecting a building that will house this collection. See “membership.”

FOUNDER

DIRECTOR - Jon B. Johansen         Johansen was born at New Bedford, Massachusetts and grew up in Mattapoisett. He was surrounded by maritime history, a boating family and a boatbuilder. Mattapoisett was a well-known shipbuilding town during the 1800s; his Norwegian grandfather came over to this country and worked on tugboats along the East Coast;  his father, Robert G., was an architect, but had a love for boating, but unfortunately he died young; his uncle, Bradford W. Luther, Jr. was a shipwreck diver and researcher; and many hours of Johansen’s childhood were spent wandering around Alan Vaitses’ boatyard, which was right next door.         Three years after his father passed away Johansen left Mattapoisett to attended North Yarmouth Academy in Yarmouth, Maine. He graduated from there in 1973 and went on to the University of Maine as a pre-med student. After two years, he left school and went to work at a hospital in Bangor. He worked several years in the health profession before becoming a maritime writer and researcher.

Johansen began writing a boating column for the “Bangor Daily News”. He also wrote for other publications, such as “Sailing”, “Soundings”, “Sea Classics”, “Maine Life” and “Downeast.” In 1987 he started his own publication “Maine Coastal News,” which covers all aspects of boating along the coast of Maine.

Over the years, Johansen has gained a wide knowledge of maritime history. Recently he completed a database of more than 30,000 merchant sailing vessels from the “List of Merchant Vessels of the United States” between 1867 and 1885. This is the first of four sections, which, when complete, will cover power, sailing, unrigged and government vessels up to the present date. He is also documenting all the ships and boats built in the State of Maine. To create accurate lists, Johansen quickly learned that little of the basic research has been computerized, spawning the idea for this library.