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 the Sachem to be prevented from destruction and restored. Thus to materially and symbolically save this highly important piece of American History ; saving as much as possible of the original materials and surfaces on the ship.
• 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.
• The goal of our group is to conduct the restoration of the Celt/USS Sachem/USS Phenakite/Sightseer/Circle Line V a.k.a "the Ghost Ship" to seaworthiness for use as a public museum.
• Our intent is a first budget-friendly preservation phase followed by a major, unique restoration and renovation phase over a years-long time.
" 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.
To this day, the project plans is not made public. No agreement or engagement has been made, and legal procedures are barely started which means authorized big works of restoration are not going to occur soon.
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