February 2017 | Surveying the Deckhouse
Earlier this month, the SS Columbia Project crew met with our marine surveyor and naval architect aboard the boat to survey the condition of the deckhouse as the next step in planning the type of stabilization that will be needed to prepare Columbia for her transit from Buffalo to New York. We have also added a new item to our shop – postcards of our six commemorative and collectible designs featured on our posters.
January 2017 | Planning the Rebuild
This month, project manager Ann Loeding and port engineer Gary Matthews met with the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s director Lisa Cline and master shipwright Jim Kricker to discuss Columbia‘s restoration. Jim is the director of the Riverport Wooden Boat School, which is part of the Hudson River Maritime Museum, and is located along Rondout Creek in Kingston. The school strives to bring traditional wooden boat building and modern marine crafts together for the benefit of the local and regional community, especially teens.
December 2016 | Awarded $48,500 from New York State Council on the Arts
We certainly had some things to celebrate this holiday season! Earlier this month, we received a grant from New York State Council on the Arts in support of our 2017 programming. This funding is for a “River Story Barge” — a traveling arts and culture celebration of boats, cargo, people, ideas and how they all came together to influence the region’s waterways. The celebration will be a pilot project for the design of arts and cultural programs aboard Columbia. Additionally, Advisory Sam Buchanan was featured in the Detroit Free Press for making incredible ship models and Geddy Sveikaukas, of the Kingston Times, reported on our plans for Columbia and her unique connection to the civil rights movement.
October 2016 | All Aboard
This October, SS Columbia Project advisory board members met aboard LILAC and were given a fantastic tour by Mary Habstritt. The LILAC, owned and operated by the non-profit Lilac Preservation Project, is a retired 1933 Coast Guard cutter and the last steam-powered lighthouse tender in America. Advisors, board members, and friends also enjoyed drinks aboard Grand Banks this month. This celebrated oyster bar aboard a historic schooner on the Hudson River was the perfect setting in which to raise a glass and raise some funds.
September 2016 | A Fireboat Filled with Students
August 2016 | Onboard in Buffalo
July 2016 | Summer Evening Aboard the Fireboat John J. Harvey
June 2016 | Featured in The Progressive and The Classicist Blog
May 2016 | SS Columbia Project in Brooklyn Heights
April 2016 | Steamboat Speaker Series
We kicked off our inaugural Steamboat Speaker Series with a fantastic event featuring John Pollack, author of Cork Boat and expert on making seemingly unlikely vessels float. The event was generously hosted by The J.M. Kaplan Fund and documented by Stefanos Metaxas. For more information, and photos of the event, please click here.
March 2016 | SS Columbia Project in Curbed
The SS Columbia Project was recently awarded two matching grants totaling $10,000. Please help us match these funds by donating. Your contribution, effortlessly doubled, will allow us to shore up the main deck and ballroom. This month, SS Columbia Project was also featured in Curbed with a headlining article by Patrick Sisson.“How Preservationists Hope to Get 114-Year-Old Steamship Running Up The Hudson River” (March 15, 2016) emphasizes how Columbia will reconnect people to a lost era of transportation.
February 2016 | SS Columbia Project in the Wall Street Journal
The SS Columbia Project was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal. Here is a link to the article “Effort to Restore the S.S. Columbia Tries to Gather Steam”(February 4, 2016).
January 2016 | Awarded $500,000 Matching Grant from New York State
December 2015 | Winter Preparation Underway
Our crew has been securing the decks and preparing Columbia for winter in the Queen City. This work included the removal of 40 yards of rotten temporary decking and framing on the upper decks; loading on replacement lumber and plywood; jacking and shoring the outer sections of the upper decks; installation of framing and temporary decking on the Hurricane Deck port side; installation of security fencing around the perimeter of the main deck; and enclosure of the engine room casing.