News Release

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

White building next to lighthouse on rocky ground with forest next to it.
The Burnt Coat Harbor Lighthouse on Swan's Island, Maine is one of this year's grant recipients.

Image courtesy of Town of Swan's Island

News Release Date: May 11, 2018

Contact: National Park Service

Contact: Rodney NcNany, Maritime Administration

WASHINGTON – 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.

“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. 

For more information about the grants and the Maritime Heritage Program, please visit

National Maritime Heritage Program Grant Recipients

State/ Territory


 Project Title



Alaska Association for Historic Preservation

NN Cannery History Project 



Maritime Museum Association of San Diego

A Preservation Project to Ensure the Long-Term Integrity of the Sailing Ship Star of India



San Francisco Maritime National Park Association

USS Pampanito World War II Submarine Preservation Project—Phase II



Port of Los Angeles High School

Port of Los Angeles High School Career Technical Education Program: Boat Operations



Yurok Tribe

Redwood Dugout Canoe Adventure Phase I



National Steinbeck Center

Restoration of the F/V Western Flyer and development of educational programs connecting literature and science



Mystic Seaport Museum

1921 Fishing Schooner L.A. Dunton Documentation and Survey Project



Kalmar Nyckel Foundation

Tall Ship Time Machine Digital Media Project



University of West Florida

Gulf Coast Digital History Project



USS Constitution Museum

A Sailor’s Life for Me: Optimizing Online Resources for Mobile Responsiveness



New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

The Fishing Industry: Then and Now



Essex National Heritage Area Commission

Bakers Island Light Station Maritime Field Education Project



Lowell’s Maritime Foundation (Boat Shop)

Lowell’s Boat Shop Apprentice Program: Learning on the River



Old Dartmouth Historical Society

A Spectacle in Motion: A Publication of the Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage Around the World



Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park

A New Permanent Exhibit: “White Gold: The Lure and Legacy of the Maryland Oyster”



Project Liberty Ship

Preservation of Hull and Underwater Portions of SS John W. Brown



Baltimore Children’s Museum

The New Port of Baltimore Exhibit at Port Discovery Children’s Museum



Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Edna E. Lockwood Educational Tour of the Chesapeake Bay



Town of Swan’s Island

Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station Light Tower Restoration



Greater Portland Landmarks Association

Enhancing the Visitor Experience at the Portland Observatory


Northern Mariana Islands

Task Force Dagger

Explore, Map, and Research WWII Sites in the Western Pacific


New York

Saint Lawrence Valley Educational Television Council

New York’s Seaway Lighthouses


New York

Destroyer Escort Historical Museum

Shipyard Repair of USS Slater Mast and Hull


New York

SS Columbia Project

SS Columbia: Preservation and Stabilization


New York

Whaling Museum Society

A Public Program Series in Maritime and Whaling Heritage


New York

Seaport Museum

Wavertree Deckhouse and Aft Accommodations Preservation


New York

National Maritime Historical Society

National Maritime Historical Society Maritime Library and Digital Collections



Carnegie Institute

The Requin Gateway Project



Virginia Department of Historic Resources

Retreatment of Excavated Betsy



City of Alexandria

Conservation of Alexandria’s 18th-century Wooden Ship



Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Submerged Cultural Resources Management Program



Virginia V Foundation

Reframe the Stern of SS Virginia V



U.S. Lighthouse Society

U.S. Lighthouse Society Archives Catalog Project



Wisconsin Historical Society

Unloading History: Self-Unloaders and the Development of the Maritime Industrial Landscape






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Last updated: May 11, 2018