Congratulations to CAMM members who were among the recipients of the National Park Service’s Maritime Heritage Grants:
Replacement of the Sailing Ship Star of India‘s Weather Decks
- Recipient: Maritime Museum Association of San Diego
- Amount: $192,794
- Project: The project will replace the weather decks of the Star of India, a National Historic Landmark and one of the world’s oldest active sailing ships.
USS Pampanito World War II Submarine Preservation Project
- Recipient: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
- Amount: $192,754
- Project: The USS Pampanito, a World War II submarine, will undergo drydocking and other maintenance and repairs to preserve the submarine in her 1945 configuration.
Restoration of the 1908 Steamboat Sabino
- Recipient: Mystic Seaport Museum
- Amount: $199,806
- Project: This project will restore the 1908 steamboat Sabino, one of two surviving excursion steamers in the US and the only one on the East Coast.
National Fisherman: Documenting a Sea Change
- Recipient: Penobscot Marine Museum
- Amount: $40,784
- Project: The project will digitize, re-house, and catalogue the museum’s twentieth-century image collection, allowing it to be published in the museum’s online collection database.
Conservation of the Purrington-Russell Panorama for Exhibition and Educational Programming
- Recipient: Old Dartmouth Historical Society/New Bedford Whaling Museum
- Amount: $49,845.25
- Project: The New Bedford Whaling Museum will conserve, digitize, and make broadly accessible the 1848 “Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage Round the World,” a maritime artwork depicting a nineteenth-century American whaling voyage.
USS Constitution: From Forest to Frigate
- Recipient: USS Constitution Museum
- Amount: $50,000
- Project: The museum is creating a multi-media experience to welcome and introduce audiences to the history and significance of the USS Constitution, plus the repair process underway on board the ship.
Cradles and Cantilevered Shelving for the Museum’s Boat Collection
- Recipient: Columbia River Maritime Museum
- Amount: $33,549
- Project: Grant funds will be use to purchase cantilevered racks and moveable cradles for boats up to 50 feet in length as part of the conversion of a recently purchased former retail hardware store and lumber warehouse into a state-of-the-art collections storage facility.
Critical Projects for the Continued Preservation of USS Olympia
- Recipient: Independence Seaport Museum
- Amount: $169,850
- Project: Grant funds will be used to support a series of preservation and rehabilitation projects aboard the Cruiser Olympia.
USS Monitor Artifact Conservation and Outreach Project
- Recipient: Mariners’ Museum
- Amount: $99,900
- Project: The Mariners’ Museum will acquire a specialized dry ice abrasion system to clean the Monitor‘s large wrought iron artifacts, including the ship’s 120-ton revolving gun turret, engine components, and structural elements such as armor plating.
Free Public Rides on Historic Small Craft
- Recipient: Center for Wooden Boats
- Amount: $28,000
- Project: Grant funds will allow volunteer skippers to take the public out in historic sailboats, a wood-powered steam boat, an electric launch, and paddled skin-on-frame boats called Umiaks.
Preservation of the National Historic Landmark 1889 Tugboat Arthur Foss
- Recipient: Northwest Seaport
- Amount: $87,000
- Project: This project will drydock the Arthur Foss to complete basic maintenance and repair needed since the last haulout in 2007 and complete actions critical to the preservation of the ship.
In the 2014 grant cycle, 35 grants in 21 states, totaling $2,607,025, were awarded under the first round of the re-established Maritime Heritage Grants Program. For a complete list of recipients goto http://www.nps.gov/maritime/grants/recipients.htm