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 www.nps.gov/martime/grants.intro.htm.

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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Last updated: May 11, 2018

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