Like all floating historic ships, the challenges of preserving the USCGC Taney are tremendous. USCGC Taney is constantly exposed to the stresses of a marine environment, and while the Depression-era workmanship which built the ship in the 1930s is truly exemplary, she is in need of periodic underwater hull maintenance to counteract the effects of weakened coatings and corrosion below her waterline. This kind of maintenance must be done in dry dock, and it is as costly as it is vital for the long term preservation of our maritime heritage.
The good news is that grants have been awarded to support the project:
- $149,670 Maritime Heritage Grant from National Park Service in 2017
- $99,700 Maryland Heritage Area Authority Grant
How to Support:
Historic Ships in Baltimore is now working to raise the funding needed to match these awards and preserve the USCGC Taney's hull. Any donation is appreciated and will be used directly for the dry docking and preservation of the ship; donors at the following supporting levels will receive the recognitions indicated:
$125 Hull Help Donor:
Donors receive a personalized certificate.
$250 Deck Watch Donor:
Donors receive a unique commemorative plaque* featuring an actual piece of wood decking salvaged from the ship’s original deck, in addition a personalized certificate.
$500 Adopt a Rivet Donor:
Donors will be recognized on the Adopt A Rivet plaque permanently displayed aboard the ship, in addition to receiving a unique commemorative plaque* featuring an actual piece of wood decking salvaged from the ship’s original deck and a personalized certificate.
$1,000 Semper Paratus Circle Donor:
Donors will be recognized with an engraved plate on the Wall of Honor plaque permanently displayed on the ship, in addition to receiving a unique commemorative plaque* featuring an actual piece of wood decking salvaged from the ship’s original deck and a personalized certificate.
*Note: commemorative plaques have an estimate value of $30 and may reduce the deductible amount of your contribution accordingly. Donors may notify the museum if they prefer not to receive a plaque.