Golden Age of Toy Boats. Through March 5. New York. Sampling from Forbes Magazine fleet includes an exhibition of more than 50 toy boats manufactured between the 1890s and the 1950s. On view at the South Street Seaport Museum's A.A. Low Building at 171 John St. Contact: Arthur Lindo, (212) 669-9475.

Ship Models. Through March 6. New York. On view in South Street Seaport museum's A.A. Low Building at 171 John St. Contact: (212) 669-9481.

Expoship Rimoar '93 Conference and Exhibition. Nov. 9-12. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. South America's largest maritime event. Contact: Michael Kazakoff, (609) 452-9414.

Hazardous Materials Advisory Council. Nov. 10-12. San Antonio. Semi- annual conference and board of directors meeting will discuss current dangerous-goods transportation issues. La Mansion del Rio Hotel. Contact: (202) 728-1460.

World War II Storytelling Session. Nov. 11. New York. Seamen's Church Institute, 241 Water St., will host a two-hour session, "Remembering the Port of New York During World War II." Free admission. Contact: (212) 349-9090.

Sixth Admirals' Ball. Nov. 13. New York. New York Maritime College annual event will honor retired Navy Vice Adm. Albert J. Herberger. State University of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler, Bronx. Contact: Kay Miller, (718) 409-7259.

Sixth Annual John A. Noble Art Auction. Nov. 13. Staten Island, N.Y. Auction of works of art, photographs and crafts to benefit the John A. Noble Collection, a maritime museum and study center. Preview starts at 6:30 p.m., auction at 8 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church Parish House, 76 Franklin Ave. Contact: (718) 447-6490.

Dry Bulk Transpo '93. A global perspective of dry bulk shipping from international panelists. Nov. 14-16, Sheraton New York, New York City. Sponsored by The Journal of Commerce and Knight-Ridder TNT. Call 203 622-4014.

Occupational Health and Safety Conference. Nov. 18-19. Buzzards Bay, Mass. Seminars sponsored by Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Arco Marine Inc. will cover issues including hazardous materials, vessel design and future regulation. Contact: Capt. Thomas L. Bushy, (508) 830-5095.

North Atlantic Ports Association. Dec. 1-2. Washington. Semiannual meeting. Contact: John J. Malone. (302) 645-9732.

Petroleum Tankship Operations Course. Dec. 6-9. New York. World Trade Institute, World Trade Center. Contact: Eunice Coleman, (212) 435-3170.