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.

Galapagos Tortoise
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Giant Tortoise

When Admiral David Porter, commander of the ship USS Essex, anchored in the Galápagos Islands in the spring of 1813, he wrote: “Every one appeared desirous of securing as large a stock of this provision as possible for the cruise. They were brought the distance of from three to four miles, through thorns and over…


Guide to Maritime Museums, Programs & Heritage Sites

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

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