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The Mission of the Baltimore Maritime Museum is to preserve, exhibit and interpret the four National Historic Landmarks and associated artifacts for the purpose of public enrichment, education, historic preservation and historic research. The Museum also has the goal of supporting the heritage tourism, economic development and educational initiatives of the City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland. The Baltimore Maritime Museum is a part of Living Classrooms Foundation and a proud partner of the National Historic Seaport of Baltimore. The mission of the National Historic Seaport is to unify the maritime history treasures of Baltimore Harbor for the purposes of historic preservation, economic development and heritage tourism and to create living classrooms for experiential education, job training and workforce development.
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Taney was commissioned in 1936 and saw 50 years of active duty. She served under command of the U.S. Navy during World War II and is now the last surviving warship from the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Taney is registered as a National Historic Landmark and has been a museum open to the public, docked in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, since 1988.As a ship and floating museum, the USCGC Taney presents unique challenges for historical preservation. Constantly being exposed to the elements, we must guard her from deterioration just like any ship at sea. Even mechanical systems no longer in use must still be carefully maintained. Whether you have no experience on ships or are a Coast Guard or Navy veteran, you can be a valuable asset to our volunteer program. We welcome all who are willing to give of their time to preserve one of Baltimore's, and our country's, historic treasures to honor those who served and for the continued enjoyment and education of the public.
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