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Past Projects

National Maritime Historical Society has diligently supported groups endeavoring to rescue historic ships in trouble. True to its pioneering heritage as a savior of historic ships, NMHS has been a leader in bringing national attention to the preservation of the rapidly dwindling number of historic ships. Below are links to historic ships the Society has had a role in saving. Click on the links for details about each vessel.

Bark Elissa (1877)
National Maritime Historical Society campaigned for the Elissa from 1968 to 1982, finding a sponsor for her in the late 1970s in the Galveston Historical Foundation. Learn more.

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Paddlewheel tug Eppleton Hall (1914)
National Maritime Historical Society intervened when San Francisco officialdom threatened to disown the tug while she was on her final voyage from England. Learn more.

 

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Gloucester fishing schooner Ernestina, ex-Effie M. Morrissey (1894)
National Maritime Historical Society formed “Friends of Ernestina” in 1977, following dismasting of the schooner after an attempted voyage to the US from Cape Verde. Learn more.

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WWII Liberty ship John W. Brown (1942)
NMHS formed Project Liberty Ship in the mid-1980s, funding the ship’s return from the James River layup fleet to Baltimore, MD. Learn more.

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Gloucester fishing schooner Lettie G. Howard, ex-Caviare (1893)
South Street Seaport Museum was considering scrapping the schooner when National Maritime Historical Society got a cover story on the vessel’s plight in the Sunday News Magazine, with a 2 million circulation. Learn more.

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Steam tug Mathilda (1899)
A gift of James P. McAllister to South Street Seaport Museum, the tug sank at her pier in January 1976. Salvaged and stored on a West Side pier, she was recovered by McAllister during his tenure as chairman of NMHS some years later. Learn more.
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Wooden Steam Schooner Wapama (1915)
In poor condition, Wapama was slated for demolition by the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park when NMHS President Peter Stanford called for the restoration of this last of the West Coast steam schooners. Learn more.

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Full-rigged ship Wavertree, ex-Don Ariano, ex-Southgate (1885)
This Cape Horn sailing ship fell on hard times in South Street Seaport Museum following her arrival there in 1970, after being discovered as a sand barge in Buenos Aires by National Maritime Historical Society founder Karl Kortum. Learn more.