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Hard Times for the Amistad

A dozen years ago the recreation of the Amistad was launched at Mystic Seaport to great fanfare.
The schooner, which tells an inspiring story of freedom and interracial cooperation, made its official debut at OpSail 2000 in New York Harbor and then began annual tours of ports across the country, attracting large crowds wherever it went.

In the spring of 2010, its parent organization, New Haven-based Amistad America, took the schooner to Cuba, where the story of the original ship began in 1839.
Since then, it's been rough sailing.

During its transit back to Connecticut, the hardware attached to the bowsprit was damaged, requiring an estimated $100,000 in repairs. The damage caused the ship to lose its Coast Guard license to carry passengers and forced the cancellation of a lucrative fundraising trip to the Great Lakes. This came at a time when interest in the ship, coming off the Cuba visit, was at an all-time high.

Since then, the ship, which has received more than $6.4 million in state funding, has remained at Mystic Seaport, where it was built.
There were no trips last year as Amistad America tried to find the money to do the repairs and then restructured its $280,000 debt with TD Bank, which had filed a lien against the nonprofit organization.
"There were times last year when I was deeply concerned if we could get through the next two months," admitted Amistad America CEO Greg Belanger in an interview last week.


Amistad Replica Sailing Rough Waters | BoatingLocal.com
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they got 6.4 million dollars of taxpayers money and still couldnt fix there problems ?
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Freedom Schooner Amistad May Sail this Spring

But a rebirth is coming, say the folks at Amistad America, the nonprofit group that has operated the reproduction 19th century schooner since its launch from Mystic Seaport in 2000. Shipboard repairs are set to begin in the next few weeks and, with any luck, Amistad will be sailing again this spring.

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I got a chance to walk aboard her while at Mystic. Pretty cool boat. They rebuilt her as accurately as they could based on the descriptions available.
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Another wooden ship that will be lost to the elements...
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Re: Hard Times for the Amistad

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Since then, the ship, which has received more than $6.4 million in state funding, has remained at Mystic Seaport, where it was built.
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Jesus

That is an expensive boat...and it is not a big one.

Something wrong with the management.

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I've never suscribed to the "floating classroom" angle Some of these enterprises work at. First time the boat arrives at a port.. Great! 2nd time... gr..eat... 3 rd time... "oh.. that boat is here again..."
Looks down river Bayshore Discovery Project (home of the Schooner A. J. Meerwald - NJ's Tall Ship)
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Amistad in Cuba, 2010

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