Previous studies as well
as the actual experience operating ship displays on the San
Francisco waterfront have demonstrated that a ship such as the
Olympia can be operated in a financially viable manner in the Bay
Area. The challenge is to identify a site, identify an entity
capable of operating such a display and to raise the start-up
capital necessary to restore the ship to a sound condition, transit
the ship to the Bay Area and prepare a site for display. The
notional estimate of start up costs is $15M ($1M planning costs,
$10M ship repair, $2M transit and $2M site improvements).
Our plan to meet these
challenges is to publicize the plight and opportunity presented by
the Olympia with the goal of generating sufficient donor interest to
fund an economic feasibility study to explore sighting options,
appropriate operating entities and a financial analysis for
operating her as a ship display in the Bay Area. Possible
display sites include the former National Maritime Museum
Association which operates the USS PAMPANITO SS383 at Pier 45 in San
Francisco, Hunters Point Naval Shipyard where two dry-docks have
been set aside as a Heritage Park to include ship displays, Mare
Island’s historic dry-dock 1 which is envisioned for historic ship
displays in planning documents and the San Francisco Maritime Park
run by the National Park Service with over 4 million visitors/year.
The cost of this initial study is estimated at $200K.
appropriate web pages describing the opportunity, our goals,
description of help needed and points of contact. Establish
web page as a resource site for anyone interested in documents or
information related to the ship or potential sites. These NYA
web pages constitute that action.
interested organizations and key individuals through electronic
media to inform them of the effort and seek their endorsement.
Navy Leagues, Chambers of Commerce, Federal Managers Association,
contact potential display sites (City and County Staff, future
display site landowners or site caretakers (the National Park
Service)) and advise them of this opportunity, the challenges
associated with it and our plan forward.
local, state and federal elected officials to advise them of the
the Press (need to tailor timing for maximum effect) for the
purposes of generating support, and identifying donors.
Leverage the Bay Area and Philadelphia efforts to garner national
donors willing to fund feasibility study.
contractor selection and the conduct of the feasibility study.