- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 28, 2015

MYSTIC, Conn. (AP) - A $200,000 federal grant will support Mystic Seaport’s efforts to restore a century-old steamboat.

The 57-foot Sabino was built in East Boothbay, Maine, in 1908 and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark vessel. Once the restoration project is complete next year the boat is expected to continue offering cruises on the Mystic River from the Mystic Seaport waterfront.

The National Park Service grant announced on Tuesday is part of a program to assist projects that teach about and preserve objects related to U.S. maritime history.

Officials say the Sabino is the last remaining wooden, coal-fired steamboat that remains in regular operation in the United States. The boat came to the Mystic Seaport museum in the early 1970s.

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