Mystic Announces Grant for Sabino Project
Mystic Seaport Museum has been awarded a grant of over $149,000 from the Institute of Library and Museum Sciences Museums for America grant program to help fund the ongoing restoration of the steamboat Sabino. Mystic Seaport will provide matching funds of more than $154,000 to complete the project.
Built in East Boothbay, ME, in 1908, Sabino served for many decades in the state’s coastal waters before coming to Mystic Seaport in the early 1970s. The boat has been designated a National Historic Landmark vessel and offers seasonal cruises on the Mystic River from the Mystic Seaport waterfront. Sabino is presently undergoing an extensive restoration of her hull and mechanical systems in the Museum’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard.
The announcement was made by Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2), who toured the Sabino with Mystic Seaport President Steve White and Shipyard Director Quentin Snediker to view the restoration plan.
Earlier this year, the project was awarded a $199,806 grant by the National Park Service, in partnership with the Maritime Administration (MARAD).
Follow the work on Sabino at Mystic’s Shipyard Blog.