Mystic Seaport receives $736,000 grant to fund ship restoration, photo preservation
Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
Staff at Mystic Seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard haul-out the 1921 Gloucester fishing schooner L.A. Dunton for maintenance on Nov. 13, 2014. The museum has received a $736,000 grant, part of which will go toward restoring the vessel. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Published September 25. 2018 9:01PM | Updated September 25. 2018 9:25PM
Mystic — Mystic Seaport Museum has announced that it has received two grants totaling $736,167 to help restore the L.A. Dunton fishing schooner and fund preservation work for its Rosenfeld Collection of Maritime Photography.
The Save America’s Treasures grant comes from the National Park Service, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In all, $4.8 million was awarded to fund 16 projects in 12 states. The grants are awarded to “support the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections throughout the country,” according to the museum.
“We are very grateful for this support because these generous awards recognize the importance of maritime history to the American story and the value the L.A. Dunton and the Rosenfeld Collection have in that narrative,” musuem President Steve White said. “These funds will save important pieces of history that are truly American treasures and which have a positive impact on the surrounding community.”
Built in 1921 in Essex, Mass., the 123-foot-long L.A. Dunton is one of the last surviving examples of the Grand Banks fishing schooners and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. The museum said the grant of $491,750 will support the acquisition of rare shipbuilding timber and other materials for the planned restoration of the Dunton.
The museum said the second grant of $244,417 will fund the restoration, digitization and rehousing of selected cellulose diacetate negatives from the Rosenfeld collection, which have been affected by a form of acetate film base deterioration. The grant will enable the Museum to preserve 3,500 affected negatives.
The Rosenfeld Collection is the largest archive of maritime photographs in the United States.