USS OLYMPIA Needs Your Help!

Please Contribute to the Michael Borsuk Memorial Fund for OLYMPIA

Click here to learn more about  Mike Borsuk, for whom this fund was named
Click here to take a virtual tour of OLYMPIA
Click here to go to the address for sending contributions by snailmail
Click here to go to visit the "Cruiser OLYMPIA" Histoical Society" website

If you have questions concerning this fund, email a representative by clicking here
The Cruiser OLYMPIA is one of the United States' greatest historical artifacts. The sole surviving warship of the Spanish American War and the early American steel navy, OLYMPIA is the third oldest major U.S. naval  vessel in existence, after CONSTITUTION and CONSTELLATION. She is also one of only two protected cruisers still in existence worldwide (the other being Russia's AURORA).

Her importance in American history is virtually unparalleled. Serving as Admiral George Dewey's flagship at the Battle of Manila Bay, she remains as the sole surviving witness to the birth of the United States as a world power, and the beginning of what has been called "the American Century."

In spite of her importance, OLYMPIA needs your help! She has managed to survive, sometimes tenuously, since her decommissioning in 1922 through the efforts of many individuals and organizations. From 1996 until this year (2010), the task was the responsibility of Philadelphia's Independence Seaport Museum. Unfortunately, the Museum is no longer able to shoulder the burden. The vessel has many problems, including a hull than is only 1/8" thick in places, and peppered with small penetrations. If major funding is not raised soon, the venerable vessel is in grave danger of being sunk as an underwater reef off of Cape May. The immediate funds needed total $10 million, but that does not include an endowment for ongoing operations, maintenance, preservation, etc. The task is daunting, but the Cruiser OLYMPIA Historical Society has taken on the task and, at present, shows the most promise in the efforts to save the ship.

You can help by contributing to the Michael Borsuk Memorial Fund for OLYMPIA Preservation!! This fund has been created by his former shipmates - the individual members of the Living History Crew -  and this website, in honor of Michael Borsuk, a dedicated member of the ship's Living History Crew who passed away in June, 2000. ALL proceeds of the fund go directly toward preserving OLYMPIA.

Mike Borsuk, serving as Ship's Chaplain on the OLYMPIA

The country is in debt to the OLYMPIA and her crew who fought to  make this country great. You can pay back that debt by fighting for her today! CONSTITUTION and CONSTELLATION have been preserved, and now it is OLYMPIA's turn! The Spanish American War battle cry had been "Remember the MAINE". The new battle cry is "Remember the OLYMPIA!"

To help, please contribute what you can to the Michael Borsuk Memorial Fund for OLYMPIA Preservation! All contributions are tax deductible! Any amount, no matter how large or small, will be appreciated!

To contribute directly, please mail checks or money orders to this address:

Michael Borsuk Fund
c/o Cruiser Olympia Historical Society
205 Wolf St.
Philadelphia, Pa. 19148
(make checks payable to "Cruiser Olympia Historical Society")

Mike Borsuk, armed and dangerous in his relentless efforts to help preserve OLYMPIA!

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