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S.S. Catalina Update

By Phil Dockery

SS Catalina

While the ship itself is still mired in the mud at Ensenada Harbor in Mexico, the efforts to save the famous and historic steamship Catalina continue unabated. Though initial attempts to raise her last year failed due to a lack of sufficient funds and equipment, an extension to continue the work has been granted by the new administration in Mexico City. While awaiting the arrival of the extension's formal documents, S.S. Catalina Preservation Association (SSCPA), an outgrowth of SOHO, has been busy researching grants, investigating potential home ports for the ship, and re-energizing their fundraising and publicity efforts.

SSCPA President Phil Dockery was a featured speaker at the California Preservation Foundation's recent annual conference in the Architectural History - Maritime Resources session. As a component of their Outreach Committee, the Association is currently looking for other lecture, education, and show opportunities to inform groups and the general public about their work and long-term goals.

Fine art prints of renown maritime artist Ken Marschall's portrait of the Catalina are still available for purchase. This print depicts the ship as she appeared in her first year of service in 1924. Solid wood 10% half-hull models of the S.S. Catalina are also available. Carved by a computer-controlled mill, these models are the result of scans made directly from an original builder's half-hull model. All of the proceeds from these sales go directly to the SSCPA's rescue efforts.

The Association is also working to improve their internet presence. Their site can be found at www.sscatalina.org. More information on their efforts, and opportunities to purchase the above limited edition color print, models, and to make other contributions can be found there, or by calling their office, hosted by CAD Research, at (949) 567-1930.

2001 - Volume 32, Issue 2

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