The National Maritime Historical Society seeks to inform Americans, especially our youth, about the nation’s extraordinary maritime accomplishments and the continuing relevance of ships, seafaring and the knowledge and experiences of the past for the national prosperity and cultural vitality of our future.

Our educational focus is on encouraging exploration of our nation’s maritime heritage, supporting first-hand experiences aboard seagoing vessels and with sail training groups, as well as highlighting the important role publications play in preserving maritime heritage, and encouraging the public to visit maritime museums. The Society collaborates with other maritime organizations, is an active sponsor of the Maritime Heritage Conferences, and is a member of the Council of American Maritime Museums.

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Ship or Boat? What’s In a Name?

Look up the word “boat” on Merriam-Webster’s online thesaurus, and you’ll find more than 140 synonyms and related words. Type in the word “ship” and you’ll get almost 3 dozen, most of which are also repeats from the “boat” list. Many people use the two words interchangeably; is there a real difference? Is it wrong…


Guide to Maritime Museums, Programs & Heritage Sites

Browse for maritime museums, programs and historic sites throughout the United States and internationally.

Zoom in on the interactive map or search by state, activities, program type and CAMM affiliation. Looking for the New York Region Maritime Museum Guide?