SOS! Philadelphia maritime museum says it can't afford to care for historic USS Olympia

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: February 26, 2010 - 10:21 AM

PHILADELPHIA - A Philadelphia maritime museum says it can no longer afford to care for a historic ship that served in the Spanish-American War.

The Independence Seaport Museum is seeking a new owner for the USS Olympia, whose guns fired the first shots at the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898.

The museum estimates it would cost up to $30 million to tow, restore, interpret and endow the deteriorating vessel.

Museum officials say they have spent $5.3 million on the ship since acquiring it in 1996. But they say efforts to attract further public and private funding have failed.

The Olympia, docked in the Delaware River, contains a collection of paintings, photographs and artifacts. The attraction will close in September.

___

Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.philly.com

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close