The Long-Range Shipbuilding Program of the U.S. Maritime Commission

360-degree view of 18 ship models that represent the progress of the U.S. Maritime Commission’s Long-Range Shipbuilding Program.

Virtual Tours

  • USNS Comet
    Comet is considered to be the first purpose-built ocean-going Roll-on/Roll-off vessel.  This panoramic virtual tour takes you inside of both the cargo and crew spaces on the former “Mother of All Ro-Ros”
  • GTS Admiral William M. Callaghan
    Still an active part of the Ready Reserve Force, GTS Admiral William M. Callaghan is an early Roll-on/Roll-off vessel, and is the first gas turbine-driven vessel built by the U.S. Navy.  This panoramic virtual tour takes you inside of the vessel’s engine room, including a detailed look at the port side engine, General Electric LM2500 serial number 456-001.


Release Date: April 22, 2016
Contacts: Jeremy Barnum, jeremy_barnum@nps.gov 202-208-6843
Kim Strong, kim.a.strong@dot.gov 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
AK -Kodiak Maritime Museum and Art Center, Thelma C Exhibit Project, $50,000

CA -Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Spirit of Dana Tall Ship Overnight Education Program, $35,000

CA -Maritime Museum Association of San Diego, A Distance Learning History Project: Linking to Cabrillo’s Ship San Salvador, $49,100

CA -University of South Carolina, Island of the Blue Dolphins and its Maritime History Context, $49,669

CA -San Francisco Maritime National Park Association, Steam Ferryboat Eureka Structural Survey, $52,900

CT -Mystic Seaport Museum, Scrimshaw, Marine Painting, and Ship Model Preservation and Access Project, $49,959

CT -Connecticut River Museum, Connecticut River Museum Bulkhead Replacement Project, $197,364

DE -Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, “Wilmington Shipbuilding” Interpretive Educational Exhibit, $31,800

FL -St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, Construction of an Archaeological Research and Education Center, $50,000

ME -Maine Maritime Museum, Construction of Building Addition for a Simulated Lighthouse Lantern Room, $50,000

MD -Historic St Mary’s City Commission, Maryland Dove Pier Repair, $50,000

MD -Phillips Wharf Educational Center, Chesapeake Oysters: From Skipjack to Shucker—A Maritime Heritage Experience, $49,875

MD -Project Liberty Ship, Preservation of the Superstructure of Liberty Ship John W. Brown, $178,670

MA -Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Visualizing Maritime History: A New MIT Online Resource, $50,000

MA -New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Resilience: The Story of New Bedford’s Fishing Industry, $20,000

MA -Old Dartmouth Historical Society, Centennial Celebration of the Lagoda, the World’s Largest Ship Model, $37,000

MA -USS Constitution Museum, Renewing “Old Ironsides,” $50,000

MA -PAST Foundation, Telltales to Learning: Professional Development/Immersion Programs in Maritime Heritage, $49,738

MI -Mason County Historical Society, The Cleaning, Preservation, and Public Display of Fresnel Lighthouse Lenses, $52,335

MI -Michigan State Historic Preservation Office, Michigan Offshore Lights Historic Structure Report and Public Education Project, $123,000

MN -Minnesota Historical Society, Cultural Landscape Report for Split Rock Light Station, $68,000

NJ -Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities, Exterior Painting at the Cape May Lighthouse, $50,000

NY -National Maritime Historical Society, Indexing, Digitizing, and Online Expansion of Sea History Magazine, $50,000

NY -Seamen’s Church Institute of New York and New Jersey, Mapping New York City’s Sailortown: A Networked Digital Maritime History Consortium, $34,000

NY -Greater Lockport Development Association, Phase II of the Restoration of the Erie Canal Flight of Five: Miter Gates, $200,000

NY -Town of North Hempstead, The Stepping Stones Lighthouse: First Steps to Rehabilitation, $165,000

NC -North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Queen Anne’s Revenge: Development of Large Artifact Conservation Wet Lab, $144,569

OH -Ohio Historical Society, Interior Restoration of the Historic Steam Towboat W.P. Snyder Jr, $100,000

OR -Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Introducing Public Audiences to the USS Blueback, $45,035

PA -Independence Seaport Museum, Submarine Becuna Multimedia App Development, $50,000

PA -Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild, Restoration of Boat Deck and Hull: 1902 Tug Jupiter, $100,088

RI -Steamship Historical Society of America, Steaming into the Future, $50,000

VA -Christopher Newport University, Documenting, Interpreting, and Disseminating Historical Collections from The Mariners’ Museum Library, $47,095

WA -Sound Experience, Schooner Adventuress Deck Renewal Project, $200,000

Grand Total $2,580,197


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USNS Callaghan

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Bridge of the Admiral W.M. Callaghan. Initial view looking forward.



USNS Callaghan

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Forward end of upper flat of engine room (port side). Initial view looking at port reduction gear. Panning to the right directly behind the reduction gear is the port engine compartment.



USNS Callaghan

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Forward end of lower flat of engine room (starboard side). Initial view of the starboard gear box. Panning to the left on the upper flat is a Meco freshwater generator and the ship’s hot water heater.



USNS Callaghan

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Forward end of lower flat of engine room. Initial view looking forward at the starboard reduction gear. Panning right the port reduction gear can be seen.



USNS Callaghan

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Lower flat of engine room. Initial view looking aft.



USNS Callaghan

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Aft end of lower flat of engine room. Initial view looking forward.



USNS Callaghan

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Interior view of the port engine intake compartment. This space is adjacent to the aft end of the engine compartment. Initial view is looking forward into the engine intake. The screened wall prevents debris from being ingested into the turbine blades.