Bidding is now open for the
National Maritime Historical Society Live Auction


Lot 1: Two crew positions on Black Watch

Lot 2: Maritime Adventure for 2 in the Big Apple

Lot 3: Battleship New Jersey Dry Dock Tour with curator Ryan Szimanski

and our education auction live pledge

Beyond the Spectacle & National History Day Sponsorship

You need not be present to bid!
To place a bid by proxy, email or call (914) 737-7878 Ext. 557.
The deadline to place your bid is 12 April 2024 at noon EST.

Winners will be announced live at the National Press Club on 18 April 2024.

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LOT 1: Two crew positions on Black Watch

Get ready for a thrilling experience! Two crew positions on Black Watch for the 20 & 21 July 2024 - 50th Annual Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club Regatta and Shipyard Club Classics Challenge.

The regatta is one or two races each day among and around the islands of the Booth Bay area of Mid-coast Maine. Auction winner will be able to help with crewing or simply enjoy the ride either or both days. Black Watch was built in 1938. She is a 65’ Sparkman & Stephens yawl. Black Watch actively races with a crew of 15-18 and is the winner of numerous races and regattas over the last 20 years. Transportation and accommodations are not included.

Donated by Joe Robillard, co-owner of Black Watch and Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.


NewYork experience

LOT 2: Maritime Adventure for TWO in the Big Apple

Explore New York City's top maritime attractions!

2-night stay at the New York Yacht Club + one Dinner (does not include beverages)
Donated by Richard T. du Moulin + David Fowler

Sail on America 2.0 with Classic Harbor Line
Donated by Richard Scarano

Behind-the Scenes tour of South Street Seaport Museum with President & CEO Captain Jonathan Boulware including a visit to the collection's vault.
Donated by Capt. Jonathan Boulware & South Street Seaport Museum

Private tour of the Intrepid MuseumDonated by David Winter

Note: The New York Yacht Club is closed in August. America 2.o stops sailing the last week of October however the yacht Manhattan (a gorgeous, buff-hulled 80-foot, Twenties-style yacht) tours year-round. Date to be mutually agreed upon. Expires 31 December 2024.


Battleship New Jersey in July

LOT 3: Battleship New Jersey Dry Dock Guided Tour for up to 10 people with curator Ryan Szimanski

Tour is set for Sunday, May 19th at 10:00 AM – if this date is not convenient Ryan Szimanski will try to work with you on an alternate date. Tours are only available Saturday & Sunday – April & May.

Once in a lifetime experience! Curator Ryan Szimanski will provide up to 10 guests with a rare and exciting guided Dry Dock Tour of the massive Iowa-class Battleship New Jersey! Guests will walk around the exterior hull and have the chance to witness the ship out of the water, observe the ongoing restoration work, and learn about the history and significance of the vessel. This exclusive experience offers a fascinating insight into the maintenance of such a historic and iconic ship, making it a must-see for military history enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in naval heritage.

Please Note: This tour is not handicapped accessible and climbing stairs is required to get into and out of the worksite. This is an active, outdoor worksite. Please dress accordingly, including steel-toed shoes and sturdy pants. If you don’t have steel-toed shoes, the Battleship New Jersey will provide a steel-toe shoe slip-on for your tour. Includes a commemorative branded hard hat and eye protection.

This tour takes place on site at the Philadelphia Navy Yard - 5195 South 19th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19112.

Donated by Ryan Szimanski & the Battleship New Jersey

VALUE $10,000

Education Auction Live Pledge
Beyond the Spectacle & National History Day Sponsorship

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Beyond the Spectacle

Support the “hands on” maritime experience to involve students from around the country in sailing aboard tall ships to celebrate America’s 250th Anniversary, up the coast to New York City, and in the grand Parade of Sail in NY Harbor on 4 July 2026. Your support will also fund the “Hanging Out on the High Seas” pamphlet, Sea History’s introduction to Sail250, printed and online, we will produce to teach students in the port cities of Sail250 about ships and our maritime heritage.

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National History Day Sponsorship for Maritime History Project Winner

National History Day makes history come alive by engaging over 600,000 junior high and high school students, each year, in the discovery of the historic, cultural and social experiences of the past… through exciting competitions teaching through project-based curriculum and instruction. NMHS awards cash prizes to students who have submitted a project of excellence relating to maritime history and to the winning teachers. Your donation enables NMHS to award cash scholarships.

Please make your bid by donating online at or to place a bid by proxy, email or call (914) 737-7878 Ext. 557. The deadline to place your bid is 12 April 2024 at noon EST. All supporters will be announced live at the National Press Club on 18 April 2024.

The National Maritime Historical Society is a not-for-profit membership organization. With your support, we will continue our efforts to raise public awareness of our nation’s maritime history, the role seafaring has played in the growth and development of our country, and the critical importance of preserving that heritage for present and future generations. Your support is greatly appreciated.