National Park Service and Maritime Administration Announce $2.6 Million in Maritime Heritage Preservation

The National Park Service announced today $2.6 million in maritime heritage grants to assist funding 34 preservation and education projects in 14 states and the Northern Mariana Islands. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD), the National Park Service awarded grants for projects that teach about and preserve sites and objects related to our nation’s maritime history.

White building next to lighthouse on rocky ground with forest next to it.

The Burt Coat Harbor Lighthouse on Swan’s Island, Maine is one of this year’s grant recipients. Photo: Town of Swan’s Island


“From exploration, to industry, and military conflict, these grant projects tell the story of our nation’s history through a maritime lens,” National Park Service Deputy Director Dan Smith said. “Through a collaborative effort, the National Park Service is dedicated to conserving these treasures and enhancing public awareness of our maritime heritage.”

“Since 2014, MARAD has provided more than $7 million in funding to support our nation’s maritime heritage projects,” said Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby. “These ships, lighthouses and other strategic maritime vessels have played an integral role in our nation’s success at sea. By preserving these maritime artifacts, we hope to inspire future generations with America’s maritime legacy.”

The National Maritime Heritage Program grant awards are made possible through a partnership between the two federal agencies, which both share a commitment to maritime heritage preservation and education. They are funded through recycling of vessels from the from the MARAD’s National Defense Reserve Fleet. The grant program supports a broad range of maritime education and preservation projects, without expending tax dollars, while ensuring that the vessels are dismantled in an environmentally sound manner.

The National Park Service will administer these projects as direct grants to State Historic Preservation Offices, who will disburse funds to applicants. The recipients of the National Maritime Heritage grants are below.

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National Maritime Heritage Program Grant Recipients

State/ Territory  Recipient  Project Title  Amount
Alaska Alaska Association for Historic Preservation NN Cannery History Project $49,993.00
California Maritime Museum Association of San Diego A Preservation Project to Ensure the Long-Term Integrity of the Sailing Ship Star of India $200,000.00
California San Francisco Maritime National Park Association USS Pampanito World War II Submarine Preservation Project—Phase II $174,945.00
California Port of Los Angeles High School Port of Los Angeles High School Career Technical Education Program: Boat Operations $50,000.00
California Yurok Tribe Redwood Dugout Canoe Adventure Phase I $50,000.00
California National Steinbeck Center Restoration of the F/V Western Flyer and development of educational programs connecting literature and science $191,130.00
Connecticut Mystic Seaport Museum 1921 Fishing Schooner L.A. Dunton Documentation and Survey Project $103,703.00
Delaware Kalmar Nyckel Foundation Tall Ship Time Machine Digital Media Project $38,661.00
Florida University of West Florida Gulf Coast Digital History Project $34,708.00
Massachusetts USS Constitution Museum A Sailor’s Life for Me: Optimizing Online Resources for Mobile Responsiveness $50,000.00
Massachusetts New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center The Fishing Industry: Then and Now $18,535.00
Massachusetts Essex National Heritage Area Commission Bakers Island Light Station Maritime Field Education Project $35,014.00
Massachusetts Lowell’s Maritime Foundation (Boat Shop) Lowell’s Boat Shop Apprentice Program: Learning on the River $50,000.00
Massachusetts Old Dartmouth Historical Society A Spectacle in Motion: A Publication of the Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage Around the World $29,190.00
Maryland Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park A New Permanent Exhibit: “White Gold: The Lure and Legacy of the Maryland Oyster” $37,000.00
Maryland Project Liberty Ship Preservation of Hull and Underwater Portions of SS John W. Brown $200,000.00
Maryland Baltimore Children’s Museum The New Port of Baltimore Exhibit at Port Discovery Children’s Museum $50,000.00
Maryland Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Edna E. Lockwood Educational Tour of the Chesapeake Bay $45,845.00
Maine Town of Swan’s Island Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station Light Tower Restoration $85,000.00
Maine Greater Portland Landmarks Association Enhancing the Visitor Experience at the Portland Observatory $40,000.00
Northern Mariana Islands Task Force Dagger Explore, Map, and Research WWII Sites in the Western Pacific $49,540.00
New York Saint Lawrence Valley Educational Television Council New York’s Seaway Lighthouses $35,000.00
New York Destroyer Escort Historical Museum Shipyard Repair of USS Slater Mast and Hull $200,000.00
New York SS Columbia Project SS Columbia: Preservation and Stabilization $100,852.00
New York Whaling Museum Society A Public Program Series in Maritime and Whaling Heritage $22,628.00
New York Seaport Museum Wavertree Deckhouse and Aft Accommodations Preservation $66,047.00
New York National Maritime Historical Society National Maritime Historical Society Maritime Library and Digital Collections $50,000.00
Pennsylvania Carnegie Institute The Requin Gateway Project $49,771.00
Virginia Virginia Department of Historic Resources Retreatment of Excavated Betsy $81,168.00
Virginia City of Alexandria Conservation of Alexandria’s 18th-century Wooden Ship $97,117.00
Vermont Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Submerged Cultural Resources Management Program $42,918.00
Washington Virginia V Foundation Reframe the Stern of SS Virginia V $200,000.00
Washington U.S. Lighthouse Society U.S. Lighthouse Society Archives Catalog Project $48,600.00
Wisconsin Wisconsin Historical Society Unloading History: Self-Unloaders and the Development of the Maritime Industrial Landscape $54,245.00
Total     $2,631,610.00

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