Mission: To inspire an enduring connection to the maritime heritage of Kingston and the Great Lakes.

Vision: To be Canada's premier museum for studying, exhibiting and preserving the maritime heritage of Kingston and the largest body of inter-connected fresh water lakes in the world.

MARHST-L Guidelines for Posting

The following are MARHST-L subscriber guidelines:

  1. Subscribers are encouraged to post questions, comments, or their own announcements about maritime history and maritime museums to the list at any time. A short introduction of who you are and what you are working on is an appropriate introduction for your first posting.
  2. Always include a description in the subject header your e-mail program provides. This lets other subscribers scan their mail to see the topics being discussed on the list. Many subscribers do not read postings that do not have a subject listed.
  3. Responses to a posting may be sent to the list or directly to the individual who posted the message. In most cases, the responses will be of interest to other subscribers, and should be sent to the list. Purely personal responses, however, should be sent by regular e-mail to the individual instead of posted to the list.
  4. Please avoid using the list for the "causes" of others. If you are forwarding an announcement, but you are not sure if it is appropriate for the marine content of MARHST-L, please forward it to one of the editors for comment.

When you post to the list -
A posting to the list is simply an e-mail message from you to the subscribers. The difference is that more than one person receives your message, without you having to specify each and every recipient. Just compose your posting like you would any e-mail message, and send it to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
The listserv redistributes your message to the other subscribers.

Property Rights
Subscribers give MARHST-L the limited right to redistribute their postings on other lists and to have them stored in archive files, logs, and gophers. Authors retain their copyright privileges. Any other reproduction of the text must have either the permission of the author or follow 'fair use' practices. If you intend to use posted material as a quote or citation please contact the author of the posting.

We have now told you what is needed to get started. What follows is more detailed information that you will probably need later

WHO ARE THE MODERATORS?The Moderators are Walter Lewis ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), a marine historian; Maurice D. Smith ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) is the Curator Emeritus at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston. The moderators are "primarily facilitators", on duty as volunteers to maintain the flow of information on the list and to help when needed.

Do people get deleted?
Yes, but usually after more than 108,000 postings, for technical reasons only. Less than five people have been barred for personal rudeness or offensive remarks.  Debate should be temperate and informed.

Archives
The link to the archives (above) starting in 1994 can be found on this  web site. The archives is a valuable source of information on a wide variety of marine topics. To search the current archives go to

Sponsor
MARHST-L is sponsored by the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston through the courtesy of Queen's University at Kingston.  The  Marine Museum web www.marmuseum.ca. Follow the research link to marhst-l.

The list vs the server
There is a critical distinction to keep in mind when dealing with lists: the list (MARHST-L) and the server that distributes it (LISTSERV) are two separate entities, each with a distinct purpose and a distinct address for receiving e-mail. The list is the mechanism for the actual distribution of mail messages to each subscriber. Only those messages (usually referred to as "postings") intended for redistribution to everyone subscribed to the list should be sent to the list address, which is " This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. " (without the quotes). Commands, for example, to signoff the list, etc., are sent to the server: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.