Frequently Asked Questions
If you are a local resident, kayaker, hitchhiker...
-Can I board the ship ?
The short answer is no : it is against the law, it is trespassing. You have the right to navigate around it as the waterways are public, but the ship is a private property and on a private property. The owner is not OK with anyone to board it, and tries to keep trespassers away. Because of the condition of the ship not only it's a bad idea to board the ship as it's not permitted; it's also a bad idea because it is very dangerous. The deck, thick by some places and rusty everywhere has holes hidden by grass and the lower deck is full of quicksand-like mud. Plus, you may damage parts of the ship if you board and for the historical interest we are not positive about anyone climbing on.
If nevertheless you really want to climb aboard for exceptional reasons, let us know why (Contact page) and you can receive the permission to climb aboard.
- Who are we ?
We are a group from across the U.S and well over, with the intention of preserving the Sachem from further deterioration and restore it as a museum. We are a dozen members and some more volunteers : Ex-Circle Line Crew members, Navy retired, Maritime Historians, Relatives of Ex-Captains of the ship, locals and Enthusiasts. We plan creating a non-profit organization soon to provide better care to the Sachem.
- Who owns the ship ? What is the D'Andrea Larosa Art Foundation ?
The ship is currently under the custody of the D'Andrea Larosa Art Foundation of Lawrenceburg with which Robert Miller worked in order to fund a restoration. The Foundation is an small art foundation in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, ran by Maria Larosa, that mainly offers activities for children. In 2015 They also tried, unsuccessfully, to raise the popularity of the Sachem to gather funds for the restoration of Robert Miller's ship. None of the involved parties has the intention of selling the ship.
- Where is the ship located ?
It is aground in a small waterway by the name of Taylor Creek in Petersburg, Kentucky, near Cincinnati, Ohio.
- When and why was the ship beached ?
When Robert Miller bought it in 1985, he had the intention to restore it, unfortunately he lived at Finneytown near Cincinnati, way too far to regularly go repair his ship in New Jersey. So after a few week-ends driving from Cincinnati to New Jersey, he decided to bring the ship on a plot of land he purchased in order to continue the restoration, which is where the ship sits now. In late-1986, after a 2600 mile journey, he beached the ship to anchor it on his property. Due to financial setbacks the restoration never occured and the tides made it impossible to move back the vessel.
- What will happen to the ship ?
The ship may remain in Taylor Creek for years. Our goal is to save the Sachem from further damage and replace it in navigable waters, later to conduct a restoration. In order to achieve partial or complete restoration, a long overhaul is necessary, the Sachem needs to be refloated and dry-docked for hull repairs. We want to keep as much as possible of the existing materials from the ship. Until adequate means and help show up, basic maintenance onboard the ship and the creation a non-profit organization is to be done, continuing in 2018.
- How can I help ?
You can support the preservation of the Sachem in four different ways :
- Donating funds to the nonprofit organization.
- Donating artifacts, pictures, documents or anything related to the Sachem.
- Joining our volunteer board for the project as an individual or a company to offer help for the project.
- Sponsoring and promoting the cause through medias, sponsors and by word of mouth.