Struggling South Street Seaport Museum appoints executive director, announces new season


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NEW YORK — The struggling South Street Seaport Museum has announced the appointment of an executive director.

Capt. Jonathan Boulware takes over the organization as it opens a new season of programming at Pier 16 on Saturday.

Boulware has served as the museum's interim president and waterfront director since 2011.

The museum has faced financial difficulties in recent years and suffered damaged to its building and fleet of historic vessels during Superstorm Sandy.

It shut down in 2011 and reopened a year later after the Museum of the City of New York took over its management at the city's request. That arrangement ended in 2013.

Founded in 1967, the museum campus includes 19th century print shops, a maritime library and the largest privately-owned fleet of historic ships in the country.

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