New England Steamship Foundation
Restoring Last Classic American Coastal Steamer
The New England Steamship Foundation (NESF) is a volunteer
organization dedicated to the preservation of America's last
remaining tall stack coastal steamship.
SS NOBSKA made her maiden voyage in 1925 and served the New England
ports and islands until 1973. (For those who remember her, from 1928
to '56 she was called "Nantucket".)
In 1988 we, NESF, acquired her derelict hulk with the aim to eventually return SS NOBSKA to summer island service. We received a Federal grant towards that goal. By now, we have replated her steel hull and the New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School is overhauling her triple expansion engine. Shortly again floating on her own bottom, plans are that our proud ship will be moored at New Bedford where restoration work on the accommodation will continue. Before long visitors and volunteers are welcome!
Despite the ongoing efforts of her many friends at NESF to restore her, "Nobska" is now gone. A slice of history gone forever. To free the Charlestown dock for the "Constitution" the NPS scrapped the steamer during June of 2006.
NESF maintains this website, more or less 'as is', in the steamer's memory and the era she stood for.
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