Mare Island Historic Park Foundation Kicks Off Operation OLYMPIA, Vallejo, California
The Mare Island Historic Park Foundation (MIHPF) has kicked off Operation OLYMPIA in response to the ship’s distress call. Operation OLYMPIA is a crowdfunding campaign to address the acquisition costs for the fabled cruiser USS Olympia (C-6 OLYMPIA). The MIHPF intends to display the Olympia in Dry-Dock #1 at the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard (MINS), located just north of San Francisco where it was constructed in the 1890s at the Union Iron Works shipyard. Once there, she will join our existing Mare Island museum complex. The Olympia is the oldest surviving steel hulled warship in the world and is most famous for her role as Admiral Dewey’s flagship in defeating the Spanish fleet in Manila Bay at the outbreak of the Spanish American War in 1898. It was from Olympia’s decks that American sailors thrust the United States into our role as a world power.
Olympia was also a notable veteran of the First World War. She transported troops of the American Expeditionary Force to Northern Russia and brought home the body of the Unknown Soldier from France.
This campaign is being run on the Indiegogo platform. This is the platform that recently raised over $55K to send the Jamaican bobsled team to the Olympics. The goal of our campaign is to raise the $300K to complete the planning required by the ownership interests to demonstrate that we are competent to acquire the ship. That planning will include studies by outside consulting firms to complete environmental planning studies, engineering studies on hull integrity, docking arrangements, tow plans, and more. The campaign web site may be viewed at http://www.indiegogo.com
Source: Project Press Release