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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Everyday Speech from Sailors of Yesterday II

Posh “Oh, the posh posh traveling life, the traveling life for me, First cabin and captain’s table regal company. Pardon the dust of the upper crust—fetch us a cup of tea, Port out, starboard home, posh with a capital P-O-S-H, posh.”    —from the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang song, “P-O-S-H”   A popular, but highly debated, story about…


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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