Independence Seaport Museum Doubles Endowment

 

Still from webcam tracking the schooner’s reconstruction | Photo: Independence Seaport Museum

Still from webcam tracking the schooner’s reconstruction | Photo: Independence Seaport Museum

  • The Independence Seaport Museum announced Wednesday that it has more than doubled its endowment thanks to four donors’ combined gift of $14 million, allowing it to “broaden its mission and impact.” These grants will ensure the success of two features: the reconstruction of the Early Republican schooner Diligence, and an interactive display system, “River Alive,” which will give visitors a realtime view of the ecological, meteorological and navigational trends of the Delaware River.
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  1. Jason Rackawack

    WOW! A big donation goes to the Sea Port Museum and it is being used to build a “full scale model” of a historic ship, while a real historic ship the U.S.S. Olympia continues to be neglected rust away, I love this museum but lost all respect for them when they tried to scrap or give away the Olympia a few years ago because of a “lack of funds”

    Philly has a long record of letting actual historic places & things vanish
    and then building recreations of what was lost later on.

    http://www.phillyseaport.org/olympia

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Olympia_%28C-6%29

    Check out the ship some time, I am a lover of history not war, Being inside of the ship looks like a movie set or something from a steam punks dream, It is full of Victorian furniture, pipes, valves, guns, even a printing press.

    I hope the Olympia is able to be saved or at least preserved from getting worse before it is lost for ever.
    -Jason

  2. I visited the Olympia with a friend of mine back in 1965. My friend had just gotten out of the Navy after 5 years and I had been out of the Coast Guard after 4 years and 4 months. We both loved the ship, taken aback a little by the size. We had to duck down to man the guns and to get in one compartment from another. People were shorter back in those days! I agree with Jason, why do they let one ship rust away while they pursue this endeavor?!? Also the SS United States is in dire need of work. I guess it boils down to …. if you like something and have the money……that is what gets the attention.

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