National Park Service awards $2.6 million in grants for maritime history education and preservation projects

News Release #: NPS - 0415
Date: Apr 27, 2015
Contact: Kim Strong
Contact Phone: 202-366-5807

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service, in partnership with the Maritime Administration, today announced the award of approximately $2.6 million in Maritime Heritage Program grants for projects that teach about and preserve sites and objects related to our nation’s maritime history.

“Our maritime heritage is woven into the nation’s history and identity,” said Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “These grants will not only help preserve our maritime resources for future generations, but many of these projects will also directly connect communities to that heritage through educational outreach or involvement in the preservation efforts.”

“Since our nation’s very beginning, seafarers have helped build, defend and provide for our way of life in the United States, and the National Maritime Heritage Grant Program preserves and promotes that proud maritime legacy,” said Maritime Administrator Jaenichen. “The projects were so worthwhile in providing education and preservation of our maritime heritage assets that MARAD provided more than $800,000 over the original funding amount to support additional projects that were highly recommended by the Federal review panel.”

National Maritime Heritage Grant awards are made possible through a partnership between the two federal agencies that share a commitment to maritime heritage preservation and education.  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 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 $25,000-$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.

The projects receiving grants are:


State Grant Recipient Project Award
AK Sealaska Heritage Institute The Traditional Tlingit and Haida Halibut Hook Project $39, 496.00
CA California State Parks Foundation Pigeon Point Lighthouse Rehabilitation Project $73, 436.00
CA Maritime Museum Association of San Diego Replacement of the Sailing Ship Star of India’s Weather Decks $192, 794.00
CA San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park USS Pampanito World War II Submarine Preservation Project $192,754.00
CT Mystic Seaport Museum Restoration of the 1908 steamboat Sabino $199,806.00
DE Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation Indian River Life-Saving Station’s Guardians of the Sea $25,119.14
FL UWF Historic Trust Pensacola Maritime Heritage Trail $25,960.00
FL Diving with a Purpose Diving With a Purpose (DWP) maritime archaeology educational field program $46,536.00
GA University of Georgia Marine Extension Service Georgia’s Rich Maritime Cultural Heritage: Generational Commercial Fishing Families $41,837.00
HI Kanehunamoku Voyaging Academy Papahana Hoolauna Public Outreach Project $45,899.00
ME Penobscot Maritime Museum National Fisherman:   Documenting a Sea Change $40,784.00
ME Wood Island Life Saving Station Association Wood Island Life Saving Station, Kittery Point, Maine: Rehabilitation $200,000.00
MD Living Classrooms Foundation USS Constellation Spar, Fighting Top, and Rigging Rehabilitation $89,596.50
MA Lowell’s Boat Shop Lowell’s Boat Shop Educational Outreach: Innovative Learning on the River $35,330.00
MA Maritime Gloucester An Educational Platform for America’s Oldest Marine Railway $50,000.00
MA Old Dartmouth Historical Society-New Bedford Whaling Museum Conservation of the Purrington-Russell Panorama for Exhibition and Educational Programming $49,845.25
MA USS Constitution Museum USS CONSTITUTION: From Forest to Frigate $50,000.00
NY Intrepid Museum Foundation USS Growler Submarine Preservation Project $117,278.00
NY Fireboat Firefighter Museum Fireboat Firefighter Preservation Project $80,875.00
NY Long Island Traditions Freeport Waters $40,000.00
NY National Lighthouse Museum American Lighthouse History Multimedia Educational Experience $42,150.00
NC Core Sound Waterfowl Museum Port Light: Tracing Historical Connections/Outerbanks to Mainland-NC $46,036.50
NC Battleship North Carolina Commission Battleship NORTH CAROLINA Emergency Hull Restoration $200,000.00
OK Oklahoma Historical Society Discovery and Excavation of the Steamboat Heroine: Exhibit & Curriculum Unit $25,000.00
OR Columbia River Maritime Museum Cradles and cantilevered shelving for the Museum’s boat collection $33,549.00
OR Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Grand Ronde Canoe Culture, Waterways, Travel and Trade $36,876.00
PA Independence Seaport Museum Undertake Critical Projects for the Continued Preservation of USS Olympia $169,850.00
SC USS Yorktown Foundation Giving History Life: The USS Yorktown Interactive Engine Room Experience $26,228.00
TX Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Audio tours to enhance visitor experience on board Battleship TEXAS $49,454.98
VT Institute of Nautical Archaeology Lake Champlain Steamboat Winooski Archaeological Investigation $26,953.50
VA Mariners Museum USS Monitor Artifact Conservation and Outreach Project $99,900.00
WA Northwest Seaport Preservation of the National Historic Landmark 1889 Tugboat ARTHUR FOSS $87,000.00
WA Center for Wooden Boats Free public rides on historic small craft $28,000.00
WI University of Wisconsin-Superior Processing and Conservation of Fraser Shipyards Collection Technical Drawings $49,984.00
WI Wisconsin SHPO Lock and Load: Great Lakes Canallers and the Grain Trade $48,698.00
Total $2,607,025.87