|Your Year-end Gift Will Help Save|
Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 needs your help. By making a gift by December 31 to our 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, you will benefit from a 2011 tax deduction (donate now). Why support our lightship museum? The thank-you notes from 4th-grade schoolchildren, who traveled via subway then walked nearly a mile to tour LV-112 (photo above), say it all:
"I'll never forget the history of the ship and the brave people who worked on it."
"I hope the ship can be preserved for 100 years for chlldren to see an old lightship."
"My favorite part was when we rang the bell....It was the greatest day of my life."
Donations to date have made a huge difference. LV-112 will soon emerge from dry-dock with her massive red hull and white letters "NANTUCKET" beaming brightly again (view December enews). Its future as a floating museum also is bright, as a marine surveyor has found the 75-year-old ship to be seaworthy and essentially in sound condition. We now need to raise $70,000 for the next restoration phase, the weather deck and superstructure, which we hope to restore this spring. We then can reopen LV-112 as a floating museum in her homeport of Boston, scheduling regular hours for the general public to enjoy this National Historic Landmark.
Please join our cause today. Gifts of all sizes are greatly appreciated. Donations of $1,000 more will be recognized with a limited edition, fine-art print of LV-112 with the SS United States (above), painted by marine artist Gerald Levey.
Donations may be made electronically or by check, payable to "United States Lightship Museum," P.O. Box 454, Amesbury, MA 01913.
Thank you for your generous support,
Robert M. Mannino, Jr.