Upgrade Olympia’s quarterdeck safety features to accommodate public viewing, self-guided tours, and special events.
We've heard your requests for more access aboard Olympia. We've designed a new safety system for our quarterdeck, a 2,600 square foot area with a beautiful view that has been off-limits to our walk-on visitors for nearly two decades.
As one of OLYMPIA's largest open-air spaces, we strive to open the quarterdeck to our daily visitors as an extension of the self-guided tour route and improve its functionality as an events venue. The new railing system and safety measures are thorough yet easily reversible to preserve the Ship's historic features.
Project Scope of Quarterdeck Safety Upgrades
- Complete welded repairs and add 31 new steel bolt-on stanchions and stanchion bases.
- Purchase and install 1,500 ft of wire rope, 400 feet of netting, and hardware to accompany the updated stanchions that will enclose the quarterdeck, reinforced safety barriers, and prevent accidents.
- Improve ladder protection on the entry/exit ladders to the spar deck.
- Print new interpretive signage for the quarterdeck.
- Utilize 150 labor-hours to complete the upgrades
During Olympia's service period, the quarterdeck was reserved for the Ship's officers, crew muster call, and accepting and greeting dignitaries and Presidents, including Theodore Roosevelt, who visited the Ship in 1899. When visiting the quarterdeck, you can see up-close the vessel's impressive armament, peer into the admiral's and captain's quarters, and feel what it was like to lounge on the stern of a Victorian-era warship.
In this unprecedented time, we need your support more than ever to continue improving Olympia! We hope to open the space for self-guided tours immediately upon completion in Spring 2021.
Mail checks to:
Independence Seaport Museum
Attn: Julie Hawn - Development
211 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Memo: Olympia Quarterdeck
Questions: 215-413-8617 or email@example.com