The Ship Hector Foundation was “blindsided” by Pictou town council’s revised estimated cost to operate the quay this year.

Foundation chairman Faus Johnson said he was disappointed an April 13 estimated cost of $90,000 to operate with a skeleton crew has climbed to about $146,000.

“I don't know why they want to go down in history as the council that sank the Hector,” said Johnson.

The foundation, which operates the gift shop next to the interpretive centre and raises funds for the Ship Hector, has received overwhelming support to save the iconic ship.

The town is currently accepting proposals from the private sector to own or lease the tourist attraction.