Monday, March 2, 2015

USCG responds to AKSHPO re: STORIS' bell, artifacts

Received an email update from the compliance supervisor from the Alaska State Historic Preservation Office. She has been in contact with the Coast Guard regarding the fulfillment of the MOA with STORIS. The Coast Guard response came from Dr. Daniel Koski-Karell, the contact with whom we worked when nominating STORIS for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. His response was that the Coast Guard lacks funding for the completion, publication and distribution of the popular report segment of the MOA (documenting the ship and her history) and that it is the Coast Guard's understanding that key artifacts were placed in storage. He acknowledged that the CG Historian's office has not yet taken custody of the items but would be looking into the matter and would update AKSHPO. 

It's also worth noting that Dr. Koski-Karell was also directly involved with the discussions between the Coast Guard and GSA to expedite disposal of STORIS through auction with no consideration for her historic status since she had been documented through the Historic American Engineering Record as required by the MOA. The MOA that calls for the preservation of the bell and significant plaques from the ship also allowed for the destruction of the ship herself.

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