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Cruiser Olympia Staying in Philadelphia

After a three year bidding process to attempt to find a new home for the historic cruiser Olympia, the Independence Seaport Museum has announced that it will keep the ship after all. Four groups originally bid on taking over the ship but … Continue reading

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Groups from Mare Island and Port Royal Still Trying to Save USS Olympia

Two groups on opposite coasts of the United States are frantically working to save the 1895 built, SS Olympia, Admiral Dewey’s flagship in the Battle of Manila Bay and the last, just barely, surviving war ship from the Spanish-American War. The Mare … Continue reading

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Fourth Annual Wooden Boat Festival at the Independence Seaport Museum

This Saturday the Fourth Annual Wooden Boat Festival will be held at the Independence Seaport Museum on the Delaware River in Philadelphia.   The festival will kick off with a Parade of Sail featuring the tall ships Gazela and AJ Meerwald as … Continue reading

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Hard Times at Two Seaport Museums – South Street and Independence

New York and Philadelphia are major ports and centers of art and culture.  By all rights both should be home for major and successful seaport museums. Sadly that is not the case. Last month we posted about the Independence Seaport … Continue reading

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New Owner Sought for Cruiser Olympia

Yesterday the Independence Seaport Museum posted a “NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF TRANSFER APPLICATION PROCESS FOR CRUISER, OLYMPIA” to formally begin the process of seeking a new owner for the historic cruiser launched in 1892.  From the notice: The Olympia, Admiral Dewey’s flagship and … Continue reading

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Cruiser Olympia to Stay Open, At Least For Now

The troubled Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia announced on Monday that it would continue to keep the cruiser ex USS Olympia open though the end of the year and shift to a three day schedule through the end of March. … Continue reading

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Trouble on the Delaware – Three Historic Ships at Risk

The day after Philadelphia’s tall ship, the newly repaired, Gazela, arrived in New York harbor, an article in this morning’s New York Times focussed on the three historic ships in trouble on the Delaware River, in or near Philadelphia – the Olympia, the battleship … Continue reading

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USS Olympia to be Sunk as Artificial Reef?

Extremely disturbing news.   The scandal-plagued museum appears to want to get rid of the historic ship Olympia any way that it can. Historic warship’s future may be sunk

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Update: SS Olympia – Stuck in Philadelphia by Sandbars and Scandal

Recently we posted that the Independence Seaport Museum is seeking a new owner for the USS Olympia which it cannot afford to support.  See Philly Museum Sends SOS to Care for Historic Ship.   Sadly it appears that not only … Continue reading

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Philly Museum Sends SOS to Care for Historic Ship

Terrible news from Phildelphia. Philadelphia maritime museum says it can’t afford to care for historic USS Olympia A Philadelphia maritime museum says it can no longer afford to care for a historic ship that served in the Spanish-American War.

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