34 episodes

Scuttlebutt is the official podcast of the National Museum of the Surface Navy at the Battleship IOWA - an inspirational dive into the daily challenges, sparks of passion, and unwavering dedication our crew and supporters encounter daily. We also interview thought leaders in both the public and private sectors to hear their inspirational stories and opinions on current and relevant topics.A new episode will be released weekly. Connect with and get to know the cast of characters who give the museum its personality. Be patient with us as we learn the ins and outs of podcasting, but trust us, we're already having a lot of fun!

Scuttlebutt: The Official Podcast of the National Museum of the Surface Navy National Museum of the Surface Navy

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Scuttlebutt is the official podcast of the National Museum of the Surface Navy at the Battleship IOWA - an inspirational dive into the daily challenges, sparks of passion, and unwavering dedication our crew and supporters encounter daily. We also interview thought leaders in both the public and private sectors to hear their inspirational stories and opinions on current and relevant topics.A new episode will be released weekly. Connect with and get to know the cast of characters who give the museum its personality. Be patient with us as we learn the ins and outs of podcasting, but trust us, we're already having a lot of fun!

    What Is This "Escape The Mothball Fleet" Thing?

    What Is This "Escape The Mothball Fleet" Thing?

    We've talked a bit about Escape The Mothball Fleet, our new exploration/adventure aboard Battleship IOWA, but what exactly is it?

    In this episode of Scuttlebutt, we explain not only what you'll experience when you participate, but how the idea for it developed. 

    It's fun stuff, and it's like nothing you've ever tried before.

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    • 23 min
    Finding Treasures: How Missing Pieces Return To The Ship

    Finding Treasures: How Missing Pieces Return To The Ship

    Battleship IOWA has an uncanny knack for attracting historical treasures of all shapes, sizes, and several eras. From a guest book signed by FDR and his war cabinet to a Mark-48 bombardment computer, we're always on the lookout for things with relevance to the ship.

    And opportunities to acquire such priceless artifacts and missing pieces seem to fall into our laps.

    When we have these chances, what types of items are we eyeing? For example, at the end of 2020, COO Mike Getscher and a couple of our volunteers were given permission to go aboard a decommissioned ship at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard that held the Navy's last remaining cache of spare parts for battleships. What was our team looking for and what did they bring home?

    Find out in this week's Scuttlebutt!

    And click here for a look at the "big eyes" mentioned in the video.

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    • 26 min
    Charlie Noble, the fo'c's'le zoo, and more fun nautical terms

    Charlie Noble, the fo'c's'le zoo, and more fun nautical terms

    A few podcasts back we got into a discussion about the origins of the word "scuttlebutt." A lot of you looked it up and dropped the meaning in the comments, so we decided to dedicate this week's podcast to ship lingo.

    We start by explaining a few good ones, then put the sailors in the crowd to the test with a list of terms they had to explain on the fly. Did we stump them? Tune in and find out.

    Know any we missed? Drop them in the comments!

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    • 28 min
    2023... and BEYOND! Our Vision For Next Year

    2023... and BEYOND! Our Vision For Next Year

    In our last episode we discussed our strategies for preservation. In this one CEO Jonathan Williams describes the direction we're aiming for the next few years, leading up to the opening of the National Museum of the Surface Navy.

    How do we stay relevant for the future? How do we deliver the message about the importance of freedom of the seas to this and future generations in a way that's interesting and inspiring? How do we connect with our community and a more nation-wide audience?

    We get into all of that and more in this week's Scuttlebutt.

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    • 22 min
    No Higher Honor: RADM Sam Cox, USN (Ret.) on the Battle Off Samar

    No Higher Honor: RADM Sam Cox, USN (Ret.) on the Battle Off Samar

    Every so often, an event of truly epic proportions becomes the stuff of legend. The engagement off Samar during the larger Battle of Leyte Gulf on Oct. 25, 1944 is such an event.

    Full of humbling, heroic sacrifice, this incredible naval engagement resulted in a U.S. victory that ultimately cost Japan the war.

    Presented during our Freedom of the Seas awards gala by Rear Admiral Sam Cox, USN (Ret.), Director of Naval History and Heritage Command, here is a fascinating overview of the Battle off Samar. 




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    • 20 min
    HNSA 2022 Wrap-Up: In Which We Make Rust, Corrosion, And Coatings Interesting

    HNSA 2022 Wrap-Up: In Which We Make Rust, Corrosion, And Coatings Interesting

    We finally have CEO Jonathan Williams back in the house, so we corralled him for a wrap up of this year's Historic Naval Ships Association (HNSA) conference.

    The theme was hull maintenance, a crucial part of operating a historic vessel as a museum, and in this podcast episode, we talk about the future of the industry with regard to preserving ships that were never intended to last as long as they have.


    We referenced a video COO Mike Getscher and his team put together for the conference. You can find it here:

    HNSA 2022: Love 'Em or Scrap 'Em

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    • 31 min

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