We Are Dedicated to Preserving Maritime Heritage and Sustainable Values by Connecting People with the Sea.
Our work is philanthropic. With the high cost of labor and materials today, there is little that is practical about preserving historic vessels. However, our model would not work as a standard nonprofit organization since we are using aspects of commercial activities to build sustainable revenue systems to help support our preservation work. We are essentially a social enterprise that invests proceeds into something that has little economic value but provides an important public benefit.
Cedar Wave provides opportunities to learn, touch, feel, appreciate and understand the past. Life experiences with real artifacts of history transfer fundamental knowledge far beyond the capability of photos and museum displays.
Working heritage vessels are interactive historical exhibits. They provide a venue for education and entertainment.
Why is Preservation of Maritime Heritage so Important?
In today's technology driven society, everything is interdependent. Dependance on omnipresent digital systems is a way of life for everyone living in modern society. However, the looming possibility of wide scale disruption is always present. Whether from natural calamity or human causes, organized society can be a precarious condition if its citizens do not understand foundational principals.
Traditional maritime culture provides many fundamental lessens including courage, respect for nature, common sense, efficiency, endurance, camaraderie, imagination, curiosity, humility, truth, self reliance, serenity, openness, and a sense of global connection to distant shores.
Many heritage vessels were built before the days of mass connectivity. A voyage at sea could be comparable to going on a mission into outer-space by today's standards. Crew and passengers had to prepare for everything and expect anything.
Heritage vessels are a testament to a way of independent thinking that is less common in society today. Yet, continues to be an important element for human progression.