The preservation and restoration project
The many people who have not forgotten the ship and share a common past with it, and especially the Sachem Project members, wish to materially and symbolically save the important piece of American History that the Sachem is.
• We would want, as soon as possible, to prevent the damage made to the USS Sachem by constant and unrestricted public access. Indeed, over the past years the condition of the ship has reached a critic level — becoming dangerous for clandestine visitors.
• Our end goal is to conduct the progressive restoration of the Celt/USS Sachem/USS Phenakite/Sightseer/Circle Line V a.k.a "the Ghost Ship" to seaworthiness, for use as a museum.
" History, heritage and legend give us code to proceed by, and a standard to measure up to."
— Admiral Richard K. Lukeman (1939-), president of the American Maritime Academy, who maintained the ship in the early 1980's.
• For so, we have investigated technical possibilities and devised a plan :
1-Extensive research and legal protection
2-Cleaning and security works
4-Structural works out of water
5-Installating and modifying machinery up to current standards.
6-Exterior works and finishes
(As of SEPT. 2019 : Besides historical research, we are trying to solve administrative issues concerning various legal parties. Until the owners agree on a plan to follow, the preservation project goes nowhere.)