National Park Service Press Release

For Immediate Release:
April 22, 2016
Jeremy Barnum, National Park Service,, 202-208-6843
Kim Strong, Maritime Administration,, 202-366-5807

National Park Service Awards $2.58 Million in Matching Grants for Maritime Heritage Education and Preservation Projects in 19 States

WASHINGTON – The National Park Service, in partnership with the Maritime Administration, today announced the award of $2.58 million in Maritime Heritage Program grants for projects in 19 states that preserve sites and objects related to our nation’s maritime history.

“As a nation with vast coastlines and interior waterways, our maritime heritage is an integral part of the story of our economic growth and the defense of our nation,” said Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.  “These grants will enable our state historic preservation partners to connect local communities to their maritime heritage from sea to shining sea.”

“These iconic maritime treasures must be preserved for future generations -- ships, lighthouses, and the vast array of strategic maritime vessels that served and protected our nation at critical times in our history,” said Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen. “The Maritime Administration is committed to preserving these assets and artifacts from our past, so that future generations can fully appreciate, and be inspired by our nation’s maritime legacy.”

National Maritime Heritage Program Grant awards are made possible through a partnership between the two federal agencies that share a commitment to maritime heritage preservation and education.  In accordance with the National Maritime Heritage Act of 1994, funding is provided by the Maritime Administration through the recycling of vessels 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 Maritime Heritage Program grants are available to state, tribal, and local governments, as well as private non-profit organizations for education and preservation projects.  Education projects are funded in amounts between $15,000-$50,000; preservation projects are funded in amounts between $50,000-$200,000. Education grants can be used for programs such as school curriculum, interpretive programs and web pages, and preservation grant projects can include the rehabilitation or restoration of ships and other maritime resources.

Examples of projects that will be supported by this year’s Maritime Heritage Program grants include: an educational program providing students studying state history at California Title 1 schools an overnight stay aboard historic tall ship Spirit of Dana Point; a plan to rehabilitate four offshore lighthouses to enhance public education and tourism related to Michigan's unique maritime history; and the refinishing of the steel superstructure of the Liberty Ship John W. Brown in Maryland to stabilize and preserve the ship from hull and superstructure corrosion.

The full list of projects receiving grants is as follows:


UNDER 54 U.S.C. 308703



Project Title



Kodiak Maritime Museum and Art Center

Thelma C Exhibit Project



Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

Spirit of Dana Tall Ship Overnight Education Program



Maritime Museum Association of San Diego

A Distance Learning History Project: Linking to Cabrillo’s Ship San Salvador



University of South Carolina

Island of the Blue Dolphins and its Maritime History Context



San Francisco Maritime National Park Association

Steam Ferryboat Eureka Structural Survey



Mystic Seaport Museum

Scrimshaw, Marine Painting, and Ship Model Preservation and Access Project



Connecticut River Museum

Connecticut River Museum Bulkhead Replacement Project



Kalmar Nyckel Foundation

“Wilmington Shipbuilding” Interpretive Educational Exhibit



St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum

Construction of an Archaeological Research and Education Center



Maine Maritime Museum

Construction of Building Addition for a Simulated Lighthouse Lantern Room 



Historic St Mary’s City Commission

Maryland Dove Pier Repair



Phillips Wharf Educational Center

Chesapeake Oysters: From Skipjack to Shucker—A Maritime Heritage Experience



Project Liberty Ship

Preservation of the Superstructure of Liberty Ship John W. Brown



Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Visualizing Maritime History: A New MIT Online Resource



New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

Resilience: The Story of New Bedford’s Fishing Industry



Old Dartmouth Historical Society

Centennial Celebration of the Lagoda, the World’s Largest Ship Model



USS Constitution Museum

Renewing “Old Ironsides”



PAST Foundation

Telltales to Learning: Professional Development/Immersion Programs in Maritime Heritage



Mason County Historical Society

The Cleaning, Preservation, and Public Display of Fresnel Lighthouse Lenses



Michigan State Historic Preservation Office

Michigan Offshore Lights Historic Structure Report and Public Education Project



Minnesota Historical Society

Cultural Landscape Report for Split Rock Light Station



Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities

Exterior Painting at the Cape May Lighthouse



National Maritime Historical Society

Indexing, Digitizing, and Online Expansion of Sea History Magazine



Seamen’s Church Institute of New York and New Jersey

Mapping New York City’s Sailortown: A Networked Digital Maritime History Consortium



Greater Lockport Development Association

Phase II of the Restoration of the Erie Canal Flight of Five: Miter Gates



Town of North Hempstead

The Stepping Stones Lighthouse: First Steps to Rehabilitation



North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

Queen Anne’s Revenge: Development of Large Artifact Conservation Wet Lab



Ohio Historical Society

Interior Restoration of the Historic Steam Towboat W.P. Snyder Jr



Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Introducing Public Audiences to the USS Blueback



Independence Seaport Museum

Submarine Becuna Multimedia App Development



Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild

Restoration of Boat Deck and Hull: 1902 Tug Jupiter



Steamship Historical Society of America

Steaming into the Future



Christopher Newport University

Documenting, Interpreting, and Disseminating Historical Collections from The Mariners’ Museum Library



Sound Experience

Schooner Adventuress Deck Renewal Project


Grand Total




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