Friday, February 26, 2010

Seaport Museum Giving Up Cruiser Olympia

The Independence Seaport Museum says it can't afford to keep the Cruiser Olympia, best known for its service as a flagship in the Spanish-American War.

The Olympia has operated as a floating museum for decades, overseen for the last 13 years by the Independence Seaport Museum. However, the cruiser needs significant repairs to its steel hull after so many years in the water. It was listed on the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia's 7th Annual Endangered Properties List in early January.

Just two weeks ago, the museum announced that its president, Lori Dillard Rech, had resigned.

Sounds like rough seas ahead.

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