The retired US Coast Guard Cutter STORIS was listed on the National Register of Historic Places December 31, 2012. The ship is nationally historic, with much of that history made while based in Alaska.
When I first started working to obtain STORIS and return her to Juneau as a maritime museum and education center after her Feb. 8, 2007 decommissioning, I toured Juneau and spoke to many people in the city. Everyone I met was extremely excited and supportive about bringing STORIS back to Juneau. The entire Alaska Congressional delegation backed the proposal and this is still true. There was always the assurance of funding from a tourist tax collected from tourists arriving by sea that could only be used for docking improvements.
Your congressional delegation tried extremely hard to have Congress authorize the donation of STORIS to the nonprofit Storis Museum, but their efforts were thwarted in the legislative process. Storis Museum has now started down a new road to gain control of STORIS and the process is currently moving forward. We expect to complete the title transfer in the next six months without the aid of Congress.
Without having possession of STORIS, the museum has been hampered in its efforts to raise money. We now need the help of all Alaskans. I am asking that you help us with fund raising by joining the museum and making a donation now. At least make a pledge to give donations after the title transfer. Please visit the Web site at www.storismuseum.org for more details. In addition, you can follow us on Facebook.
In addition, we ask that you please write and/or phone the Juneau City Assembly and your state representatives and ask them to provide required docking space so we can return STORIS to Juneau.
The museum’s plan is to ready the ship for visitors with memberships and donations so that she will be able to receive visitors immediately upon her return to Juneau, allowing her to generate income without delay. This will also ensure she becomes a major tourist attraction in a very short time as the first floating maritime museum in Alaska.
But in order for her to succeed, she needs the help and backing of all Alaskans to get a good start. Please join us.
Jim Loback, President