Our Higgins boat arrived at the museum August 31st, 2013, after a lengthy transport cross country from Blue Hill, Maine. It had been advertised for sale on the internet. This particular boat is a rare find for the museum as out of nearly 20,000 Higgins Boats manufactured, less than 12 are known to currently exist in the United States. In keeping with our motto, restoration of this relic will give generations to come a close up look at something that was common at one time during our military history.
We are forever thankful to all the volunteers that helped out on the project. Museum member Gary Corippo, raised over $10,000 to have it loaded and transported to Paso Robles. As a non-profit museum that raises all its funds locally to cause the museum to grow over the last 4 decades, it's amazing to see what can happen when individuals are allowed to excercise their passion in persuit of preserving a portion of history for tomorrow's generation. If it wasn't for them, most kids today (and tomorrow) might never fully understand the reality of yesterday's generations when they put their lives on the line to preserve the freedoms we have today.