A volunteer friendraiser/fundraiser was held aboard the John J. Harvey to celebrate the SS Columbia’s 106th birthday. The SS Columbia is a National Historic Landmark and is the oldest surviving excursion steamer in the .
Recruiting volunteers for SS Columbia and John J. Harvey celebrated successes and are raising awareness of a New York Historic Landmark in need of funding and restoration. It is the first of several National Maritime Day celebrations on May 22.
At completion of its restoration, the SS Columbia will become a catalyst for eco-tourism on the Hudson River, connecting towns within the to their histories and providing opportunities for economic growth. Resurrected as a living ship, the will help promote jobs, simultaneously raising awareness of the scenic grandeur of the , its valley, and the crucial need to preserve them.