Mystic Seaport announced that it was awarded a $199,806 grant by the National Park Service, in partnership with the Maritime Administration, to support the restoration of its 1908 steamboat Sabino.
The grant is part 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.
"Mystic Seaport is pleased to be among the thirty-five grantees of the 2015 Maritime Heritage Grant Program. The Museum strongly supports continuation and expansion of this important grant program to help citizens throughout the United States to understand our nation's unique relationship to the sea," said Steve White, president of Mystic Seaport.
The 57-foot Sabino was built in East Boothbay, Maine, in 1908 and 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 and is expected to return to service in 2016.