Endangered National Historic Landmark SS Columbia Raises Awareness, Seeks Urgently Needed Funding in Advance of National Maritime Day

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SS Columbia Today Courtesy Captain Sam Buchanan

What:    Volunteer friendraiser/fundraiser aboard the historic fireboat John J. Harvey to celebrate the SS Columbia’s 106th birthday. The SS Columbia is a National Historic Landmark and the oldest surviving excursion steamer in the United States.

Why:    Recruiting volunteers for SS Columbia and John J. Harvey; celebrating successes; raising awareness of a New York Historic Landmark in need of funding and restoration; first of several National Maritime Day celebrations (May 22).

Note: At completion of her restoration, the SS Columbia will become a catalyst for eco-tourism on the Hudson River, connecting towns within the Hudson River Valley to their histories and providing opportunities for economic growth. Resurrected as a living ship, the Columbia will help promote jobs, simultaneously raising awareness of the scenic grandeur of the Hudson River, its valley, and the crucial need to preserve them.

When:        Saturday, May 10th 2-4 p.m.

Where:    Aboard the historic fireboat John J. Harvey, located on Pier 66 on the Hudson River between West 26th and West 27th Streets – 4 blocks north of Chelsea Piers. Parking is available on 11th Avenue. By Bus or Subway: Crosstown bus M23 to the Hudson River; Subway C, E, F, N, R, 1, 6, or 9 to 23rd Street, take the M23 bus or walk west, cross 12th Avenue at 23rd Street and walk approximately 3 blocks north. For map, please visit: http://www.fireboat.org/directions66.asp.

Who:    Interviews available with Richard Anderson, President and Founder, The SS Columbia Project.

About the SS Columbia Project: The National Historic Landmark (NHL) vessel SS Columbia is the oldest surviving passenger steam vessel in the United States and the best remaining work by one of America’s greatest naval architects, Frank Kirby. The SSCP has received a New York State Environment Protection Fund (EPF) Challenge Grant for the amount of $400,000 from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation bringing the total of current challenge grants to $750,000. EPF grants are awarded to local communities and organizations to assist with waterfront revitalization projects, historic preservation efforts, expanding open space, and increasing access to public lands. The SSCP previously received an EPF Challenge Grant of $350,000 in 2006. To volunteer or learn more, please visit http://www.sscolumbia.org.

Contact:
Thor Harris, Percepture (201-206-0903)
tharris(at)percepture.com

Contact on Board:
Cynthia Artin, Artin Arts
(845-304-3790)
cynthia(at)artinarts.com

Inquiries:Richard Anderson, President, SS Columbia Project
andsn.interport(at)rcn.com
(212-228-3128)

SS Columbia Project
232 E. 11th Street
New York, NY 10003

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