Independence Seaport Museum and the Cruiser Olympia

The Bounding Billows: Sailors Printing on the High Seas

Cannonball Press is working with Independence Seaport Museum aboard the 1895 Navy vessel, Olympia, printing their interpretation of the shipboard newspaper, The Bounding Billow. The letterpress-printed newspaper functioned to bind together the diverse population of the 400+ sailors who lived and worked aboard the ship.

In the spirit of seamen who printed before them, artists Houston and Mazzora have created a limited edition artist book referencing The Bounding Billow through their interpretation of the lives of the men who lived aboard Olympia. This book is available in the Independence Seaport Museum gift shop, and on Philagrafika's website and at The Print Center.

In the spring of 2010, the artists will bring the ship to life during printing events-for the public to come and learn about letterpress printing (see details below.)

Visitors to the boat at other times, will see a small display of the press and an edition of The Bounding Billow through April 11, 2010. Visitors on days other than the public events can receive a 10% discount to enter the Cruiser Olympia ($10 entrance fee) to see the press. Ticket booth is located at the entrance to the Cruiser Olympia.

Cannonball Press is a collective, print-based, micropublisher out of Brooklyn, New York. Founded by artists Martin Mazorra and Mike Houston in 1999, they have published hundreds of editions of prints, traveled extensively conducting workshops and public printing events, and have continued to consistently produce their own art. Both artists are traditional letterpress practitioners and routinely incorporate vintage woodcut letterpress into their artwork.


Cannonball Press SGC Ice Cream Social Aboard the Cruiser Olympia

Friday, March 26, 2010 3-5 pm

On the Cruiser Olympia at the Independence Seaport Museum, Cannonball Press presents Bounding Billow: Sailors Printing on the High Seas Ice Cream Social with Franklin Fountain ice cream for SGC and Philagrafika attendees. Cannonball Press will be reanimating the letterpress shop with live printing on board the Cruiser Olympia. This is free and open to the public (ice cream supplies are limited) but requires RSVP, click here to register.


Print Aweigh, Take Away!

Saturday April 10 & Sunday, April 11, 2010

10 am – 5 pm

The APS Museum (see address above) and the Independence Seaport Museum join forces for a family-friendly weekend of a walking tour, printing demonstrations, and hands-on activities.

About Independence Seaport Museum

Independence Seaport Museum on the Delaware River at Penn’s Landing, just a short walk from the Liberty Bell, is one of the nation’s premiere maritime museums and one of Philadelphia’s top tourism destinations.  Explore two floors of exhibit galleries, watch craftsmen build wooden boats, climb aboard the Spanish-American War Cruiser Olympia and go below the deck of the WWII Submarine Becuna (both National Historic Landmarks), search for treasures in the Museum Shop, and enjoy a full calendar of special events, educational programs, and exhibits. 
The National Historic Landmark Cruiser Olympia was Admiral Dewey’s flagship in the Spanish-American War, brought home the body of the Unknown Soldier from France to the United States in 1921, and is the world’s oldest steel floating warship.

Out of Print

Program support for Out of Print is provided by The Barra Foundation, Inc. Out of Print is a collaboration between Philagrafika and five historic collections in Philadelphia including: the American Philosophical Society, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Independence Seaport Museum, the Rosenbach Museum & Library; and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology.

Venue Information

Independence Seaport Museum
Penn's Landing
211 South Columbus Blvd. & Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106


Tickets to see the display of Bounding Billow 2010 aboard the Cruiser Olympia can be purchased at the entrance to the ship, with a 10% discount to Philagrafika audience, just state that you would like to see the Bounding Billow display.

*note: there are no philagrafika exhibitions inside of the Independence Seaport Museum.



Phone: (215) 413-8655






Museum Hours:
Daily 10 am-5 pm


$12 for Adults

$10 for Seniors (65 & over)

$7 for Children/Students/Military

FREE for Seaport members & children under 2

$1 off with valid AAA or WHYY membership card.

Pay-What-You-Wish admission 10 am-12 pm every Sunday!



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