Mystic Seaport, UConn to receive grants for maritime history projects

Mystic Seaport and the University of Connecticut are among recipients of grants announced Friday by the National Park Service.

Mystic Seaport will receive $46,659 for its “Clippers to Containers” project, while UConn will receive $22,780 to create a “Blue Heritage Trail” for southeastern Connecticut, the park service said in a news release.

A total of $1.7 million was awarded by the park service for 27 maritime heritage projects in 13 states and Washington, D.C. In addition to the grants for UConn and the Seaport, a third grant was awarded in Connecticut. The SoundWaters educational program in Stamford will receive $43,500 to sponsor maritime history sails on Long Island Sound.

The park service grants were awarded in partnership with the federal Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration for projects that teach about and preserve the nation’s maritime history.

“Protecting our nation’s maritime history is an important part of the National Park Service’s mission to share America’s story,” said acting National Park Service Director Michael T. Reynolds. “These grants will support efforts to conserve important parts of our maritime history and educate students of all ages.”

The grants are funded through recycling of vessels from the Maritime Administration’s National Defense Reserve Fleet, and do not use tax dollars. The recycling program ensures that vessels are dismantled in an environmentally sound manner.

The grants will be administered by state historic preservation offices, the park service said.

For information, visit bit.ly/NPSmaritimegrants.

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