Below you will find a chronological listing of Foundation related news items that have been posted on the web site. In some cases the actual documentation related to the news item will be located in another area of the site, such as the Ship's Library.
The Passing of a Shipmate
It is with great sadness that the Zuni Maritime Foundation informs its membership about the passing of LT John "Jack" Lynch USN (Ret). A memorial service will be held 5 March 2010, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek/Fort Story (formerly named NAB Little Creek).
A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Jack joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 and served honorably for 22 years. He graduated from Underwater Demolition Team Replacement Training BUD/s Class 29 and had a distinguished and diverse career as a U.S. Navy SEAL, Surface Warfare Officer, Saturation Diving and Salvage Officer, and Navy Parachutist. After his career in the Navy, Jack consulted with numerous organizations and, with his diverse areas of expertise, worked with sensitive government programs involved with national security and anti-terrorism. He held a Bachelors Degree in Business and was a commercial airline pilot, Master Firearms Instructor, and former Virginia Special Deputy Sheriff. Jack took great pride in serving as President of the UDT-SEAL Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the Naval Special Warfare Foundation. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, and the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his wife, Captain Jeanette F. Lynch, Nurse Corps, U.S. Navy (Retired); daughter Tisha Shelley and husband Mark of Cottonwood Heights, UT; son Brett Lynch of Los Angeles, CA; daughter Cady Pinell and husband Stephen of Virginia Beach, VA; grandson Austin Shelley; three brothers; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and comrades world-wide.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Naval Special Warfare Foundation-SHCC, c/o Naval Special Warfare Foundation, PO Box 5965, Virginia Beach, VA 23471, designated for the SEAL Heritage Community Center in memory of Jack Lynch, or online at SEALHeritageBuilding.com. Condolences to the family can be made online at www.hollomon-brown.com.
21 September 2009
Zuni/Tamaroa Foundation Z-T Birthday Celebration
The historic vessel USS ZUNI/USCGC Tamaroa is celebrating a birthday and all are invited ... (download MSWord form).
Maritime Executive Magazine Article: Zuni/Tamaroa Foundation Gears Up
The historic vessel USS ZUNI/USCGC Tamaroa, whose history stretches from the sands of Iwo Jima to the seas of The Perfect Storm has finally arrived in Virginia. After a thirteen year odyssey ... (read more).
2 July 2009
Jo-Kell Donates Shore Power Unit to Help Restore Historic Vessel
Jo-Kell Inc., an electrical distributor and engineering company, has donated a shore power interface unit to the Zuni Maritime Foundation for the restoration of the U.S.S. Zuni ATF-95. The Zuni Maritime Foundation has acquired the decommissioned World War II salvage tug which towed warships all over the South Pacific during that war. After the war she was decommissioned and transferred to the Coast Guard until final decommissioning in 1994. Jo-Kell designed and assembled the shore power unit that will enable the Zuni to run on full power while pier-side without having to use a generator. This will save diesel fuel, as well as help the environment by limiting pollution. ”Jo-Kell is excited to be a part of the restoration of this great vessel,” said Suzy Kelly, CEO of Jo-Kell Inc. “It feels great knowing that our contribution will help the Zuni educate future generations on our maritime heritage,” Kelly added. The Foundation’s mission is to restore the U.S.S. Zuni to operational condition and to educate the public about the role working vessels such as tugs and cutters play in our maritime history.
16 February 2009
An article on the Zuni by Kate Wiltrout was published in the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot. Title is "Storied Ship Led Several Rescues, Now Is In Need Of One."
Frayed Knots To Donate Proceeds To TAM
In order to raise proceeds for the Zuni's future, Frayed Knots is offering some of their hand-made nautical jewelry and a very nice style of Boatswain's Lanyard by way of a premium for your donations. All monies after expenses will be sent to the Zuni Maritime Fund. Visit the Frayed Knots site.
19 December 2008
On 19 December 2008, we moved the ZUNI/TAMAROA from the Dominion Marine Yard in South Norfolk, Virginia to the U.S. Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, in Norfolk, Virginia. You can read details in the December Mighty Z Tribune newsletter above and see more photos of the move in the Photo Galleries. This provides us with local and secure access to the Zuni and we hope you will be able to contribute time or materials to help move her restoration forward.
27 March 2008
Marine News had an article on pages 38-43, "Berthing New York's Obsolete Fleet," by Don Sutherland.
11 March 2008
An article by Bill and Judi Doherty, published by the National Maritime Historical Society's magazine Sea History. Read the article, "Tamaroa Slugs Her Way Through History." (PDF)
Sea Classics Article
The Zuni Maritime Foundation and their efforts to restore the Zuni/Tamaroa were featured in an article in Sea Classics Magazine. (Click here for article - PDF)
GSA Features TAM In Magazine
The Federal Government's General Services Administration (GSA) featured the Tamaroa, her history, and the efforts to save her in the July/August edition of their four-color magazine.
Please take a moment to read the article (PDF).
13 December 2007
"Will Their Ship Come In At Last?"
Check out this article by reporter Michael Martz from the Richmond, VA, Times-Dispatch: "Effort To Bring WWII Tugboat To Richmond Hitting Choppy Seas."
(Click here to read article)
25 November 2007
"The Mighty Z"
Reporter Mark St. John Erickson from the Daily Press in Newport News, VA: "The veteran rescue vessel of WWII Zuni-Tamaroa needs a little TLC." Click here to see the article and a 6-minute video.
M/V Zuni/Tamaroa At Sea Again
3 October 2007
"USS Zuni Gets A New Life"
Reporter Mike Gooding from WVEC in Norfolk, VA: "A piece of history came to Hampton Roads, and the legendary warship with the impressive past is getting yet another chapter of life." See the article and broadcast here.
And visit our Yahoo Group Tamaroa-Zuni for photos and more.
M/V Zuni/Tamaroa comes home to Virginia with help from McAllister tugs, October 2007.
4 September 2007
Rebranding The Foundation
Frequent visitors to the site and those interested in the fate of the ship will have noticed the recent changes that see the name Zuni and the color gray feature in our restoration efforts more prominently than in the past. Several individuals who have long been a part of the historic ship community advised the Foundation Board that the ship would generate more interest and be more appreciated by historians and the general public as an historical treasure from the WWII era than as a Coast Guard ship.
We have long struggled with getting support for our effort while trying to outfit her and feature her history as a cutter, so it was welcome advice and good to have expert opinions that allowed us to move to a WWII Navy configuration with a good conscience. So, after much thought and consideration of the impact of the change and with concurrence of those who have been visible supporters of the effort, the polled members of the Tamaroa Maritime Foundation unanimously agreed that the former U.S. Coast Guard cutter currently in custody of the Foundation and registered as the Motor Vessel Tamaroa be restored as much as possible to her original configuration as the World War II-era Fleet Ocean Tug USS ZUNI (ATF-95).
As such, the Foundation has been renamed the Zuni Maritime Foundation and the ship will be reregistered as the M/VZuni/Tamaroa.
The significant service of the USCGC TAMAROA (WMEC-166) and the memories of those who served aboard her will always be a major part of our presentation of the ship's history.
A Nine Day Week
In early May ’06, the Zuni/Tamaroa administrative group set up a work week, rather than the regular 4-day weekend scheduled twice a month. Read the story and view the photos ...
Coast Guard Visits TAM
The Zuni/Tamaroa was visited Sunday, 17 July 2005 by the Coast Guard Reserve Port Security Unit, Baltimore.
21 August 2002
Work Weekends & NAFTS Visit
Here is a listing of work weekends on the Tamaroa through October as well as info on the visit to the TAM by the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors. Click here to learn more about it.
20 July 2002
Work Weekends & TAM Update
There is a scheduled work weekend on the Tamaroa on July 27-28. Learn more about it, as well as where we are in our restoration efforts.
4 July 2002
Work Weekends & Snipes Wanted
Scheduled work weekends on the Tamaroa for July 13-14, and July 27-28. Learn more about it, as well as why we are in need of snipes.
28 June 2002
TAM To Be Moved & Work Weekend
The Tamaroa is to be moved from her present mooring this Friday. Learn more about it, as well as the work weekend that has been scheduled.
6 June 2002
Richmond Officially Invites The TAM!
The Mayor of Richmond has signed a proclamation formally inviting the Tamaroa to Richmond and has agreed to invest $1 million in creating a Maritime Museum complex. Click here for more information.
27 April 2002
TAM Towed Successfully!
On Saturday, April 27 we had to move the Tamaroa from her present moorings at Tidewater Marine in Baltimore across the harbor to a new pier. She'll remain at the new site for approximately 3 weeks.
We would like to thank everyone (over 20 folks) who showed up to help out. Extra special thanks to those who almost got hernias hoisting on board the life boat we acquired!
For those interested, pictures from the "op" are now online.
24 April 2002
Orientation A Great Success!
Thanks to the nearly 60 people who showed up last weekend for the Orientation Weekend. Everyone from former Tamaroa crew, to Navy and Coast Guard vets, as well as other folks interested in the TAM and her history, showed up to lend a hand.
We have placed photos from the weekend here. Also online, Kris Hagen, Bill Doherty, and "Tiny" Dawson have been nice enough to send us their thoughts and recollections about the weekend. If anyone else has photos, thoughts, recollections brought on by the weekend, please feel free to share them with us. Just click on this convenient e-mail link to send them to our ship's official historian, Bill Doherty
17 April 2002
Updated Schedule For Orientation
Please review the updated schedule for the Orientation Weekend. Please also review the special notes at the end of the schedule. We need volunteer watchstanders.
16 April 2002
Orientation Weekend Press Release
The Foundation has issued a press release covering the events of the orientation weekend in Baltimore. To see the release click here. To print out the release, please use the Adobe Acrobat version.
15 April 2002
New Web Updates
The Foundation is starting to get some press. Please check our document library for new articles that appeared in the Washington Times and the Scripps-Howard News Service.
We are also in the process of transcribing a number of engineering related documents which can also be found in the document library. We would like to thank John Hulslander for providing us with the documents.
8 April 2002
Orientation Weekend Information
The Tamaroa Orientation Weekend is set for April 20-21, 2002 in Baltimore. For more information please visit our orientation pages. If you wish to attend or have not been listed please contact Harry Jaeger ASAP.
20 March 2002
For Immediate Release
Richmond, Virginia -- The historic vessel Tamaroa/Zuni, whose history stretches from the sands of Iwo Jima to the seas of The Perfect Storm has finally found a homeport. After a seven year odyssey of being decommissioned, parked, abandoned, auctioned off, purchased, and sold again, she is to be donated to the Tamaroa Foundation.
The Foundation is a newly formed non-profit organization located in Richmond, Virginia, whose mission is to preserve the ship in an operational condition and to educate the public about the vital role working vessels such as cutters and tugs play in our maritime heritage. She will be used in a number of roles, the primary one being as a maritime educational platform.
The Tamaroa will be made available to Sea Cadets, Sea Scouts, NROTC, and Junior NROTC programs and others.
The Tamaroa will also be accessible to the general public as a National Historic Ship. Tours of the ship, static displays, scheduled live demonstrations will be among the many aspects the public will experience when they visit the Tamaroa. Former crewmembers, their families and those who served on similar ships will be able to relive a part of their youth and share their experiences with others.
The Tamaroa Foundation programs will be funded by user fees, donations, grants and volunteer assistance. For more information on the Tamaroa, please continue to visit www.zunitamaroa.org.
20 March 2002
Special Notice From The Tamaroa Foundation
The Tamaroa is presently moored in Baltimore, Maryland. The Foundation has taken formal custodianship of vessel as of Saturday, March 16, 2002. By May 1, 2002, the Tamaroa must be moved from her present location, either to a temporary location in Baltimore, or all the way to Richmond. More details will be published when they are available.
As such, the Foundation is looking for volunteers to help man her during these evolutions. Please note that she is operational. Whether she will be assisted by a tug or go it alone (or in combination thereof) has yet to be determined.
For those of you who would like to volunteer there will be an orientation that that must be undertaken before the Tamaroa gets underway.
We especially need Enginemen and Electricians! Also damage controlmen, boatswain's mates and quartermasters.
The owner's interim maintenance and repair people will be available to conduct this training as soon as we are ready. They are only available on weekends.
It will be necessary for this orientation to utilize a two-day weekend, especially for the Enginemen.
Either April 6-7 or April 20-21, 2002 are the dates set aside for this purpose. Let us know right away, as we have to notify the owners. Beat the bushes guys, we need the help.
Regardless of how the ship gets to Richmond, we need to have personnel familiar with all of the ship's systems, especially the engineering and sewage plants.
The plan is to videotape, take digital photos, lots of written notes and sketches. Two or three operational teams will be set up get their hands dirty. We will need to write ops instructions.
The good news is that we can probably sleep aboard, so bring what you need to be comfortable. There are numerous restaurants close by.
In a perfect world we would like to get approximately 30 people (three 10 man teams). There won't be any time for visitors.
Please keep a record of your expenses. The Tamaroa Foundation will be a tax-exempt foundation and as such deductible on your income taxes.
Please contact Harry Jaeger at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to volunteer. Be sure to include which orientation weekend would be better for you.
2 February 2002
One of the goals of this site besides saving the Tamaroa is to promote our maritime history and heritage. To this end we have started an historic vessels section listing out historic vessels that have been, or are being, restored with links to their web sites for more information.
This area is presently under development. Presently we have pages for Coast Guard vessels, Aircraft Carriers, Battleships and Cruisers. More pages are in the process of being developed.
25 January 2002
As you can see we have redesigned the site to make it easier to navigate and to find specific items of interest. This will be an ongoing process for the next month or so. Recently we have added a document library into which we will place documents pertaining to the Tamaroa in Adobe Acrobat format.
A new picture series has been added for a current neighbor of the TAM's, a former British naval patrol boat, the Badtz Maru. Additionally we have added a sister ship, the USCGC Ute (WMEC-76) in our sister ships area. Also, we have added a "Cool" Links section highlighting a limited number of organizations that have either helped the Tamaroa or have, we believe, made significant contributions to the maritime and naval communities.
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December 2007 (PDF)
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