Klaus Barthelmess, an independent scholar from Cologne, Germany (formerly on the staff of the German Maritime Museum, Bremerhaven, and the Kölnisches Stadtmuseum), is an advisory curator for the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Mr. Barthelmess has written about German whaling history, exhibitions of whales, strandings of whales, scrimshaw and fine art related to whaling. He received the L. Byrne Waterman award in 2006 for outstanding contributions to whaling history.
Mr. Barthelmess organizes a tri-annual whaling history symposium in Cologne, and for the 2009 event, he wrote about and exhibited whaling memorabilia connected with the fleet of Aristotle Onassis. This piece, entitled “The Arts and Crafts of OLYMPIC CHALLENGER: Souvenirs, company gifts, and whaler folk art from the Onassis whaling venture, 1950 – 1956” describes the exhibit curated by Mr. Barthelmess.