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"Prints from the National Maritime Museum", By Cindy McCreery

Before photography gained a hold, the print was the only means of mass- producing an image. Techniques evolved from the copperplate engraving through the aquatint, mezzotint lithograph, all of which were capable of great beauty, particularly when hand-coloured with watercolour.

Throughout the period covered by this book the topographical print was the most popular, and some of the great artists of the time - Sandby, Daniel, Turner et al - produced both the original images and the plates themselves.

Closely allied to the topographical print, but also edging onto the territory of the maritime print, was the image that concentrated on the representation of ports, and it is with this subdivision of the genre that this book deals. Dr Cindy McCreery, the book’s author, was Caird Senior Research Fellow at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich from 1995-97, and this book is the first extensive work on the Museum’s print collection to appear for some 50 years and, one has to say, it has proved worth the wait.

The book is divided into six chapters each dealing with a particular part of the world, whilst the introduction looks at the growth of ports during the period, the print market and engraving techniques.

The text is easy to read yet manages to get over a great deal of information at the same time, never an easy thing to do. And as for the prints, what comes over above all things is their great beauty, both in terms of composition and colouring, the artist seemingly always letting aesthetic concerns gain the ascendancy over the more utilitarian need to produce a strictly accurate view. Indeed, some of the vessels shown would never have made it beyond the harbour entrance, so wonderfully inventive are their hull-forms and rigs but, on the whole, what strikes the modern viewer is just how close to reality most of the images of the ships are - few jobbing artists these days could get as close.

Of course, the camera triumphed in the end and as this new technology made inroads into the territory occupied by the print, so they became more concerned with accuracy, and as a consequence much of their appeal is lost. However, this book is concerned mainly with the print in its role as the pre-eminent method of mass-producing images, and its wonderful selection of views is a worthy tribute to this under-rated art form.

Maritime Museums

A Guide to the Collections and Museum Ships in Britain and Ireland

By Martin H Evans & Janet West

available in Amazon

This is a great pocket-size book of 250 maritime museums and over 350 historic ships and boats that can be visited in Britain and Ireland. The museums are divided by region, each has an address and contact details and is given a few lines of description. Invaluable as a resource for maritime historians, researchers, enthusiasts and anyone inter-ested in the local and national history.

The authors are Dr Martin Evans, who first compiled a list of military museums for the benefit of World War 2 veterans returning to Europe for the 50th anniversary of the D-Day landings, and his wife Dr Janet West, an expert on maritime decorative art, particularly shrimshaw. Together they compiled this list of collections that cover the whole spectrum of interests from paintings and artefacts to submarines and sailing ships. The result is an informative volume that whets your appetite and tells you how to find out more.

America's Maritime Museums

 Maritime sites of interest

Maritime Museums

Facilities provide a beautiful and historic location for your social event.

Baltimore Maritime Museum

The Museum's collection of shipmodels, maritime artifacts and paintings is located on three vessels which are part of the exhibit themselves. The Museum was founded in 1982 when Baltimore's waterfront experienced a grand renovation and since then the area has become a popular tourist attraction. Boaters will find dockage within walking distance.

contacts: 301 E Pratt St Baltimore, MD 21202 tel:(410) 396-3393

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

This special Museum is nothing short of extraordinary and we highly recommend it. as well as a visit to beautiful St. Michael's on the Eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Exhibits are spread out over 17 acres and seven main buildings and include a 19th century lighthouse, a working boatshop, a decoy gallery, a fleet of historic Bay boats, and opening in 1993, a major new exhibit on the history of steam and gas powered transportation used on the Bay. Daytime dockage available for visitors, overnight dockage for members.

contacts: 213 North Talbot Street St. Michaels, MD 21663 tel:(410) 745-2916


Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Between the years 1836 and 1862, the town of Cold Spring Harbor on the north shore of Long Island supported a fleet of nine whaling vessels. The Whaling Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the town's history as a whaling port. Its collection includes a fully equipped 19th century whaleboat from the brig DAISY, whaling implements, marine paintings, ship models, and scrimshaw items produced by whalemen of that era. Other permanent exhibits include "The Wonder of Whales" with a hands-on marine mammal bone display and a killer whale skull, while "Mark Well the While!" documents Long Island's whaling industry. Films, special programs and changing exhibitions are featured year-round.

contacts: 279 Main Street Cold Spring Hbr, NY 11724 (631) 367-3418

Courtesy of Cultural History Museum, University of Oslo

The Osberg Ship: The excavated remains of this ninth - century Viking long ship illustrate beautifully the full development of the clinker building method, which did not change again in its fundamentals, yet still holds its own in strength, beauty and longevity to the present day.

Columbia River Maritime Museum


The Museum was founded in 1962 to preserve and document the rich maritime heritage of the Pacific Northwest. A modern Museum building of over 37,000 square feet, the Museum houses exhibits divided into seven galleries with themes such as navigation, fishing, canneries and whaling, etc. The collection is well diversified between ship models, charts, photographs and artifacts! National Register lightship Columbia is the largest floating artifact, adjacent to U.S. Coast Guard Cutter , based at the pier near the museum. The museum's involvement with many of the nautical activities in the area makes it popular among residents and as a result it boasts a very high membership and the ability to hold many programs and activities of interest to both kids and adults.

contacts: 1792 Marine Drive Astoria, OR 97103 tel:(503) 325-2323

Essex Shipbuilding Museum

Dedicated to the shipbuilders of Essex, MA, the Essex Shipbuilding Museum houses one of the finest collections of fishing schooners material in America. Tools, plans, models, and photographs document 300 years of ship and boat building. Many of the exhibits are hands-on and its Book Shop features titles of interest to modelers, historians and boat-builders.

contacts: 66 Main Street Essex, MA 01929 tel:(978) 768-7541

Herreshoff Marine Museum

Allowed to visit the Museum in winter and during renovations in 1990, now you will impressed by the innovation and versatility of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company during its heyday and active years as represented in the museum exhibits. There is a marvellous collection of vintage Herreschoff yachts and representation of every facet of the company which was involved in the construction of sail and steam vessels and the famous America's Cup defenders. The new 23,000 square foot Museum building contains a Hall of Boats, research library, video room, exhibit area, model rooms, and visitor interactive wind tunnel test.

contacts: Bristol, RI 02809 tel:(401) 253-5000


lake Champlain Maritime Museum

A non-profit organization for the preservation of the heritage of lake Champlain open from early May to mid October, the Museum is full of historical surprises. You'll visit a restored 19th Century stone schoolhouse, examine dozens of original small watercraft built around the shores of lake Champlain over the past 160 years, and step back in time when hoarding a full sized Revolutionary War gunboat rcplica. The Museum, sometimes sponsored jointly by the WoodenBoat School of Brooklin. Maine, also offers unusual boatbuilding courses such as Planking a Lapstrake Canoe, Cedar/Canvas Canoe Construction, and Build a Oar or Sail.

contacts: 4472 Basin Harbor Road Vergennes, VT 05491 tel:(802) 475-2022


Maine Maritime Museum on the Kennebec River

On a beautiful 10 acre site on the Kennebec River, the Museum represents many aspects of the national and international involvement of Maine maritime history since 1607. The permanent exhibitions cover a wide range of themes through paintings, ship models, shipbuilding through the centuries, and seafarers' souvenirs from around the world. There are apprenticeship workshops and educational programs, symposiums, lectures and other events of interest to all interested in Maine coast history.

contacts: 243 Washington Street Bath, ME 04530 tel:(207) 443-1316

Mystic Seaport & Museum

Founded in 1929 as the Marine Historical Association, Mystic Seaport has grown into the biggest tourist attraction in Connecticut. The collection of watercraft, artifacts, ship models, paintings, photographs and maritime artifacts are spread out over several buildings on a 17-acre site on the Mystic River.

contacts: Mystic, CT 06355 tel:(860) 572-5385

Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum

Visiting this Museum, you will never tired of its charm and folklore embedded in the exhibits on the region's whaling industry and commercial activities. Displays include ship models, paintings, scrimshaw, clothing, furnishings and even musical instruments and local crafts. Unrated in an 1845 Greek Revival mansion within walking distance of marina and shops, the Museum was founded in 1935 and continues to sponsor summer activities relating to preserving the whaling culture of long Island.

contacts: 200 Main Street Sag Harbor, NY 11963 tel:(631) 725-0770

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Philadelphia Maritime Museum

Located in the heart of our nation's most historic square mile, the Philadelphia Maritime Museum preserves and interprets the diverse history of one of America's oldest urban waterfronts. The only maritime museum between the Chesapeake Bay and South Street Seaport, the institution's main exhibition building on Chestnut Street includes an extensive research library. Its Workshop on the Water, a floating boatbuilding shop, learning center and gallery, is house on a barge moored at Penn's landing. The Museum's collections number more than 15,000 objects or lots, including more than 30 small watercraft indigenous to the Delaware River Vally. Permanent and changing exhibitions tell the story of the men, women and children who lived and fought, worked and played along the region's waterways.

contacts: 321 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106 tel:(215) 925-5439

Peabody & Essex Museum

Explore one of America's oldest Museums, rich with exhibits of maritime anil natural history, ethnology, archaeology, and Asian export art. In 1799, 22 men from Salem founded the East India Marine Society, the nucleus of the Peabody & Essex Museum. These master mariners resolved to form a "museum of natural and artificial curiosities." They succeeded, collecting more than 2,000 pieces by the middle of the 19th century. Today, the Museum houses more than 300,000 objects, artifacts, and works of art. The Museum's publication. The "American Neptune", is America's premier quarterly journal of maritime history, featuring the best and most recent work of scholars and enthusiasts of naval and maritime history. The journal presents articles that address all aspects of shipping and seafaring. Pounded in 1941 by distinguished historians and continuing in the tradition of providing scholarly yet readable articles and book reviews, the "American Neptune" is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the sea and ships.

contacts: 161 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970, United States tel:(978) 745-9500

Penobscot Marine Museum

Unrated on the northwest shore of Penobscot Bay on the beautiful Maine coast, the Museum is spread out through seven historic buildings which house a collection of ship models, full sized watercraft, figureheads, scrimshaw art and paintings collected since the 1930's. The exhibits pay particular attention to the history of Maine's maritime lore and seafarers. There is an extensive collection of gcneological works in the research library.

contacts: 5 Church Street Searsport, ME 04974, United States tel: (207) 548-2529

Los Angeles Maritime Museum

Founded in 1980, the Museum is located at the former San Pedro ferry terminal and is housed in 75,000 square feet of exhibit space. Much attention is focused on the 160-year history of the Port of Los Angeles, one of America's busiest seaports. Many different subjects are covered, i.e. merchant marine, naval history, nautical crafts and lore, and some displays are notable in size and scope. Owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles, a variety of public programs run year round have made the Museum a busy attraction to both residents and tourists.

contacts: San Pedro, CA 90731, United States tel:(310) 548-7618

Michigan - Maritime Museum

Most distinguished institution of maritime research "Michigan Maritime Museum" located at 260 Dyckman Avenue - offer a variety of engaging opportunities for the people including permanent and changing exhibits on Michigan maritime history and tradition, a National center for the teaching of related maritime skills and boat-building methods, and a regionally renowned marine research library is open to students, researchers, educators, researchers and the general public. Over 300 Photos on a Museum Wall tell the story of early shipping , boat building and lumbering, commercial fishing, passenger steamboats, river launches and a myriad of other historical Maritime subjects. A unique compilation of temporary exhibits, historic documents, weapons and archeological artifacts used in “War on the Great Lakes”

The Museum offer Seven Days a Week several options for groups and special discounts are offered for combining museum tours.


260 Dyckman Avenue
South Haven, MI 49090

The Mariners' Museum - 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA

The Mariners Museum in Virginia Houses the vast Chris-Craft Collection, the paper records of the Chris-Craft company from 1922 co 1980. The collection includes not only some 15,000 photographs and most of the resources referenced in this hook, but most of the nearly 100,000 hull cards. A trained staff continues the extraordinary task of cataloging and preserving the vast Chris-Craft archive, and serves as an invaluable resource for writers and historians who visit the museum. Throughout its history, Chris-Craft assigned a specific hull number to each boat that was built, and recorded that number along with relevant specifications on the hull card for that boat. Today, thank to The Mariners' Museum, owners of Chris-Craft boats can get background information about their boats. From the hull number, the research staff at the museum can prepare a research package that includes the boat equipment record (hull card), copies of sales literature, the original price sheet, black-and-white photo, engine information, and lists of the technical draw- ings and wiring diagrams that are available.

Locating Your Hull Number

On Chris-Craft, Sea Skiff, and Cavalier Division boats, the first place to look would be on a metal plate attached to the underside of the engine hatch cover or engine box on single-engine models, and on the underside of the starboard engine hatch cover or engine box on twin-engine models. You may also find it stamped into the aft surfacc of the forward header of the engine hatch on single-engine models, and stamped into the aft surface of the forward header of the porr engine hatch on twin-engine models. It could also be stamped into the top edge of the engine stringer starboard next to the engine coupling on single-engine models, and stamped into the top edge of the inboard stringer, port engine, next to the engine coupling on twin-engine models. They are also sometimes found on top of the wood towing bitt, on the aft face of the bow block, on the extreme forward inboard surface of the port toe rail, or on the aft face of the stem midway between chine and sheer.

On sport boats and runabouts, they may be stamped into the forward surfacc of the aft deck beam if the scat back is removable. On fiberglass cruisers and sailboats, the hull number can be found glassed over on the interior surface of the port hull side, forward of the foremost bulkhead. Outboard sailboat models will have the number stamped into the engine pad.

NH Boat Museum - classic & fiberglass

Vancouver Maritime Museum

Wooden Boats wonderful collection & resourses

On the southern shore is Seattle's new Lake Union Park, the Museum of History &. Industry, and the Center for Wooden Boats.

Just east of Lake Union Park, the Center for Wooden Boats is a maze of docks loaded with classic wooden craft of all kinds. There is never a charge to walk the CWB docks. The Craftsman-style buildings house the boat shop, general offices, and the boat house gallery.

Hanging from the boat house ceiling are old rowing shells, a Greenland kayak, and the driftwood skeleton of an old Eskimo kayak. At this museum you can play with the exhibits. There are over one hundred and fifty boats of historic significance, some of which you can rent for a row or sail.

On any given day In the boat shop you'll see students building a boat from the keel up or volunteers restoring one of the Center's many boats. The boat house is home to a wonderful collection of old photographs from the US Oregon Historical Society and a rotating art exhibit.

On Sundays, CWB offers free rides on a rotating selection of boats from the collection. One week you may ride a classic steamer, the next a historic longboat and the next a one hundred twelve year old open fishing sailboat.


1010 Valley St # Main, Seattle, WA 98109, United States

Queensland Maritime Museum

Located at the southern end of South Bank Parklands the Queensland Maritime Museum is to the public every day. QMM have an amazing collection of Ship Models ,artwork of the migrant ships, Navigation to GPS,Pirate on Wednesday and much much more... items recovered from ship wrecks from all over the world - including the famous Pandora!

The Queensland Maritime Museum friendly volunteer members will welcome you, provide you with guide brochures and endeavour to ensure your visit is an educational (Discover the story of the evolution) and very entertaining experience.

Vintage Photos - U.S Submarine base at New Farm, Brisbane

photo: The Queensland Maritime Museum

This base was was a U.S submarine base only during World War 2.There is now a great memorial on the Newfarm walkway where this base was. It was great to see that all RAN submarines and the US Subs that used this base were recognised there. Great work to those who ensured this information was put in place in Newfarm.


2006 Diamantina in the South Brisbane Drydock (Queensland Maritime Museum)

fb: photo Queensland Maritime Museum

San Diego Maritime Museum

The Museum of US, San Diego enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence in historic maintaining and restoring ships and vessels. The SD Museum displays temporary and permanent exhibits on maritime history include one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships (were using it in Pirates of the Caribbean), exploration, US Navy's Patrol Crafts, the Beautiful Medea and etc., commerce events and stages popular events. The San Diego museum’s old ships play host to more than Hundreds Private events each year including private parties, meeting, seminars, charters and weddings.

The 108th Birthday Medea in San Diego Museum - Ive had a crush on her for a long time. Ive been atop in her bridge. Down in her bildge. in her furnace. and one time while cleaning down below when no one was looking I climbed into one of her bunks and tried to imagine what it was like to be a passenger or crew living aboard her while she motored from the UK to the Carribean. said Larry Talbott

Swift Boat (PCF 816) at the museum - After 45 years this proud Lady has come home from 1/2 way around the world to stay after serving proudlly in Malta. Now she is home to honor the Swft boat veterans that trained on her especially the 50 sailors that are "still on patrol". She is an outstanding addition to SD museum. To see the smiles on all of the Swift Boat Vets that were aboard her was truly touching and well worth the efforts so many people involved in this project have contributed towards it.

Several special events - with the Star of India's Birthday weekend.

beautiful Star of India -

Michael Bruce Andrews One of the best sails ever. Thanks to Capt. Gobin, the sail crew, Dr. Ray and museum staff
for all their help,and thanks to the catering folks for breakfast and lunch service,and a big thanks to the indiviual who brought those ginger snap cookies! - Michael Bruce Andrews

Such an awesome experience getting to sail her and climb in her rigging Saturday and Monday. An experience I will remember for my entire life! Thank you Maritime Museum for allowing us volunteers to have such an experience. Brian Pedersen

I got to ride the Californian companion sail - my very first time on a sailing vessel - yesterday. It was an event the memories of which I will treasure for the rest of my life! Thank you, Maritime Museum of San Diego!

That being said, I wish there had been more companion boats from the community out there; i'd hate to think we San Diegans are growing complacent about this fantastic piece of history, of which we happen to have the good fortune to be the custodians.

Thanks to the museum, and especially to all of the volunteers, without whom none of this would be possible, for sharing this treasure with the public. Jim Queequeg Boydston

The Maritime Museum of San Diego welcomes volunteers interested in the opportunity to become part of the maintenance crew that keeps our fleet of historic ships alive and sailing . As you become familiar with the ships, training to become a member of the sail crew is an opportunity that opens up very quickly to interested maintenance crew members. So, come down virtually any Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m., check us out and then join the crew.


Shipwreck Museum

This is the year to bring your family up north and visit the intriguing Shipwreck Coast Museum at Whitefish Point Light Station on the shores of Lake Superior. They are located just over an hour north of the Mackinaw Bridge in one of the most scenic areas in the Upper Peninsula.

Travel through national and state forests along your route and don't forget to stop and visit the Upper and Lower Taquamenon Falls on Rt. M-123. Please keep an eye on our events page for upcomming music, art, history and other family events for the new season. The Shipwreck Museum is pleased to present a simple innovation - museum visitors may purchase adult, child, or family admission tickets online through the Shipwreck Coast Museum Store section

During your vist, museum staff and interpreters are always ready and eager to assist with your family's tour of this National Historic Site and answer any of your Michigan history questions.

Annapolis Maritime Museum

Annapolis, MD.: The Barge House, which the Eastport Historical Committee leased from the City of Annapolis in 1992, has been renovated by a group of dedicated volunteers led by River Crest Design Build, Inc., the award-winning residential remodeling company based in Parole. The Eastport Historical Committee was founded in 1987 and became the Annapolis Maritime Museum in 2000. The Museum ran programs and exhibits in both the Barge House and the adjacent McNasby Oyster Company building until Hurricane Isabel damaged both structures in September, 2003. Since then, the Museum has been operating out of temporary offices nearby and has conducted award-winning educational programs, including maritime lecture and concert series, at other locations.


Wisconsin Maritime Museum

The museum, in co-operation with Naval Sea Systems Command and Nauticus, is in charge of the historic interpretation of the battleship. The ship is free for visitors to visit, though the interior spaces are sealed due to the ship's status within the Navy's Inactive Fleet. If you have any questions including the museum's battleship education programs, please e-mail us at [email protected]

The Navy was a popular subject for photographers that used panaromic cameras. First invented in 1898, they were used extensively in the early 20th century. Photographers took sweeping views of ship companies, naval bases, and fleet operations. The exhibit will have several orginal photographs on display. On display March 1 in the Forecastle Gallery next to the museum. Call for more information.

From 1933 to 1942, African-Americans Navy recruits attended Mess Attendant School at Naval Station Norfolk. Join author Richard Miller for a discussion on African- American service in the U.S. Navy during this time period. Talk to be held at Breezy Point Officer's Club at Naval Station Norfolk.

Per our usual Winter hours, we will be closed on all Mondays, open from 10 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday, and Noon to 5 on Sundays. In addition, please note that the battleship Wisconsin will only be open from 11 am to 3pm on weekdays. On weekends, it will be open when the museum is open. Admission to both the museum and ship are free.

Permanent Exhibitions:

"Wisky Walk"

The entrance to Wisky Walk is next to the entrance to the Hampton Roads Naval Museum on the 2nd deck of Nauticus. It is a traditional museum exhibit about the history of the battleship Wisconsin. The exhibit is divided into five sections. They discuss the design of the ship, her operations in World War II, her operations in Korea, her midshipmen cruises in the 1950's, and reactivation in the 1981's. The exhibit includes several artifacts from veterans in Wisconsin.

The Steel Navy and the Spanish-American War

Featured items include the original builder model of the ill-fated battleship USS Maine (which was homeported in Hampton Roads), a 43-star jack from the battleship Maine, a model of the torpedo boat USS Winslow, a Spanish torpedo captured by American naval forces, and tools used to help build the first steel-hulled battleship USS Texas.

Jamestown Exposition and the Great White Fleet

1907 was a year of great celebration in Hampton Roads. Kicking off the year was the opening of a grand national fair at Sewells Point (current location of Naval Station Norfolk) called the Jamestown Exposition. On display are several artifacts and antiques that one could have bought at the fair. Closing out the year was the voyage of the "Great White Fleet" from Hampton Roads. This exhibit area is a popular place to do official military ceremonies when the battleship Wisconsin is not available.

World War I and the Beginnings of Naval Station Norfolk

America's entry into World War I was a major test for both the Navy and the region. President Wilson authorized the Navy to purchase the land around Sewells Point to build a new naval operating base in preparation for a massive shipbuilding program.

Artifacts in this section include a mine built for the North Sea Mine Barrage, a model of Eugene Ely's Hudson Flyer (the first plane to take off from a navy ship), period uniforms, and many photographs.

The Battle of the Atlantic and World War II

Hampton Roads was on the front lines of one of the most important battles of World War II: The Battle of the Atlantic. This exhibit has several artifacts from the battle, newsreel films, and interactive displays. In addition to this exhibit are several displays that tell the story of the shipbuilding effort during the war, the German U-boats that operated off the coast, and the effect of the war on local life.

Battle of the Virginia Capes

The opening exhibit talks about the American Revolution in Hampton Roads focusing on the critical Battle off the Virginia Capes. Featured in this exhibit are a beautiful model of the French ship-of-the-line Ville de Paris, a famous and widely reproduced 1963 oil painting of the battle , and several contemporary prints of the major personalities involved in the battle.

The Modern Navy of the U.S.

The story of the U.S. Navy in Hampton Roads continues today. Featured in this exhibit are the original builder's model of the aircraft carrier USS America, a model of the submarine USS Norfolk, a one-inch to one foot scale model of an A-6 Intruder, and a welcome home banner from a Desert Storm homecoming. A Cold War display is in the works.

The Maritime Museum of Monterey


Items in the eclectic exhibition vary from exquisite ship models to Meissen porcelain and Steuben crystal; from works by painters from Monterey’s Golden Age such as Armin Hansen, whose painting, “The Vespers,” first was shown at San Francisco’s Pan Pacific International Exposition in 1915 to a dragon figurehead from a 19th century Pacific Coast lumber schooner to a circa 1835 hand-painted Mexican flag and the original telegraph key that signaled the end of World War II from the deck of the USS Missouri.

The exhibition features a “path,” along which guests “visit” each of the six landmark buildings owned by the association. Each building features selected items from the MHAA collection that illuminates local life and customs during the period of the building’s construction, as well as phases of the building’s subsequent history. A total of 120 objects will be featured during the rotating exhibition.

At every phase of the exhibition, “Family Treasure Chests” will introduce visitors to families whose cultures and traditions enriched local history. Among families and cultures represented are the Onesimo/Meadows (Native American), Boronda (Novohispano), the Quock Mui family (Chinese), the Oliver and Anthony families (immigrants from the Midwest), the Collecto family (Sicilian), the Manaka family (Japanese/Asian Pacific) and the Doelter family (European).

Maine Watercraft Museum

The rapidly growing collection features antique freshwater recreational crafts such as Kennebecs, Old Towns, and Skowhegans, as well as salt water working boats such as the peapod and the dory. There are also several early launches, one design racing sailboats, and a collection of period outboard motors.

Maine Watercraft Museum is a non-profit organization supported by grants, donations, general admission and a rapidly growing membership. There are research services provided for boat identification and location. There are museum related nautical accessories and clothing available for purchase on site. The museum is open from May 28 through October, and is open by appointment the balance of the year. Admission is free to its membership, $4 to the general public ($2 to seniors/students, children under 5 admitted free). Tables and a tidal sand beach make it an ideal picnic spot, snacks being available on site.

The museum's location on over two acres of Thomaston's working waterfront makes it accessible by land or sea.

Inland Seas Maritime Museum

The Inland Seas Maritime Museum proudly welcomes visitors to the newest of our interactive displays. Visitors are encouraged to tour Great Lakes shipwrecks underwater, and learn of the mishaps that brought them to their fate.
Dive a Great Lakes Shipwreck!

Take the entire family on a unique underwater adventure to dive the Great Lakes shipwreck of your choice!

The Inland Seas Maritime Museum has two deck levels of impressive displays including artifacts, paintings, shipmodels, and more!

Huge fresnal lenses expose visitors to the history of legendary Great Lakes lighthouses.

One of our most recent exhibits put on display are "From the Niagara to the Onoko: The Wooden Shipbuilding Era on the Great Lakes" - hundreds of the detailed ship profiles and blueprints of Great Lakes freighters and steam powered passenger vessels. An exhibit at the museum commemorates the storm that struck Lake Erie on October 20, 1916 which sunk 4 vessels and claimed the lives of 49 sailors. Newspaper accounts, underwater photographs, detailed models and paintings are all part of the exhibit. The Inland Seas Maritime Museum have over 100 expertly crafted models and hulls on display throughout the museum.

Additional Maritime Museum Exhibits

Storm warning lights used at night to indicate wind force and intensity, were mounted atop towers at Coast Guard stations around the Lakes.

The 500hp steam engine from the tugboat Roger, originally the Conrad Strike. Weighing nearly 71/2 tons the museum was literally built around it. Built in 1912-13 it represents engines of tugs, freighters, and passenger vessels of the time. Located in the stairwell of Inches Hall, it's hard to miss!

A fascinating exhibit at the Inland Seas Maritime Museum is the two greyhound dogs displayed on the bulkheads of the engine well of Inches Hall. A match pair, hand carved of wood in 1885, they adorned the bow of the passenger ship GREYHOUND that sailed from Toledo, Ohio to Detroit and the Islands.

Minnesota Marine Art Museum

The Maritime Heritage Society has purchased approximately six acres of land from the Winona Port Authority to serve as the museum site.

The property is located on Riverview Drive, just west of the Interstate Bridge. With three galleries, reception space, museum store and staff and support facilities.

Marine Art Museum Collections


Oil Painting Collection- The Burrichter-Kierlin collection of original paintings depicting the era of conversion from sail to steam power will be on loan to the museum. Some artists included are John Stobart, Dusan Kadlec, Tim Thompson, Thomas Hoyne, Samuel Walters, Don Demers, Jack Gray, James Buttersworth and Jacques Eugéne Feyen.

William A. Thompson Exhibit

Built in 1937 and delivered to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Boatyard in Fountain City, Wisconsin, the river dredge William A. Thompson, with its accomplished crew, maintained the navigation channel of several upper Midwestern rivers, especially the Upper Mississippi. Nearly 300 feet long and weighing 1,370 tons, this stately vessel has become a real part of the lives of all who love this beautiful river valley. The Thompson will be set on land adjacent to the museum, restored and refurbished, to serve as a dynamic exhibit to the museum.

Henry Bosse - Photographs & Maps

Nearly completed is a collection of the Upper Mississippi River photographs and maps of Henry B., a 19th century gifted photographer, identified by The Getty Center as being one of America’s photographers of genius.

Reedville Fishermen's Museum

Permanent Museum Exhibit

Reedville Fishermen's Museum permanent collection of artifacts and information is on display in the Reed and Frayne Gallery year-round, supplemented by a variety of outdoor displays, including our "fleet": the Elva C and the skipjack Claud W. Somers. The exhibit centers on both the fishing industry and the local community in and around historic Reedville.

contacts: tel: (804) 453-6529

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

exhibits at the museum >>

American Maritime Enterprise
The Hall of American Maritime Enterprise portrays three centuries of ocean and river commerce with photographs, objects, films, and models of sailing ships and steamships. The exhibits also include dioramas and period settings representing the whaling industry, a colonial warehouse, a ship's engine room from 1930, and a modern river towboat pilothouse.

The oldest commercial marine propeller known to have survived, from the Indiana, a ship which sank in Lake Superior in 1858.

The United States, like many countries, grew up around seaports.

Even today, all but four of the nation's 20 largest cities have major harbors. Lining the walls of the first gallery in this hall are images of harbors and models of the types of ships that have kept harbors alive for centuries, from pilot schooners to steam tugs. The next gallery features the oldest commercial marine propeller known to have survived. It pushed and ultimately sank the ship Indiana when in 1858 one of its blades broke off, punctured the hull, and sent the vessel to the bottom of Lake Superior. Some 7 tons of the Indiana's remains were recovered by the Smithsonian in 1979.

A large display of ship models in the next room shows the evolution of sailing vessels from ships not much larger than the Mayflower to huge coastal cargo schooners like the C.C. Mengel, Jr. of 1916. Models of clipper ships and fishing schooners lead to an alcove containing a real whaleboat, filled with harpoons, lances, buckets, oars and line. Traditional sailor's work songs (shanties) can be heard in the background.

With the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and the opening of the Great Lakes, the United States had thousands of miles of inland waterways to explore, travel, and put to use. The steam engine enabled Americans to overcome the currents of the country's rivers. The exhibit describes inventions of American steamboat pioneers, as well as their public squabbles over patents and monopolies.

A patent granted to John Fitch by Louis XVI of France in 1791 hangs above the oldest surviving steam plant built in the United States, the engine and boiler of John Steven's Little Juliana.

Another gallery displays several spectacular models of steamboats that plied the Ohio, Missouri, and Mississippi rivers. Exhibits on snags, ice, and other perils of the inland waterways lead to the story of commerce on the Great Lakes. A 1970s pilot house of a towboat, complete with sonar, radar, and other modern navigational equipment, houses a video program about work aboard a Mississippi River towboat.

Exhibits on merchant ships and luxury liners of the 20th century round out the hall.

The growth of the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War I is discussed and leads to models of a World War II Liberty ship of 1941-45 and a Victory ship of 1944-45. Modern commercial shipping is represented in models of freighters and tankers from 1919 to 1971. A 675-horsepower, triple expansion steam engine from the 1920 U.S.

Coast Guard buoy tender Oak is also in view. The engine gave the vessel steadfast service until 1971.

As maritime commerce increased through the 19th century, ocean and coastal travel boomed and disasters followed apace.

A Fresnel lighthouse lens of 1872 and a Francis Metallic Life Car of 1850 represent a few of the steps taken to guard and save lives at sea. Life jackets from the Titanic and the Morro Castle, as well as newspaper articles of the period, recall these famous disasters in the Atlantic.

A gallery entitled "The Only Way to Cross" describes travel by ocean liner across the Atlantic. A table setting, champagne bucket, and other artifacts capture the austere elegance of the S.S. United States, the fastest vessel of its kind.

The USS Constitution Museum

In the USS Constitution Museum Visitors can view two different video productions that alternate in the Figgie Theater. They will learn about 200 years of "Old Ironside's" history through a collection of over 3,000 original artifacts and artwork, including ship's logs, journals, weapons, commemorative pieces and paintings.

Self-Guided Tours: Group visits require at least 1 hour and are self-guided so that the members can experience the museum at their own pace.

Visitors easily imagine life aboard USS Constitution through hands-on activities in the museum's galleries - they can take the wheel, fire a cannon, swing in a sailor's hammock. A video battle allows the visitor to maneuver USS Constitution to out sail and fight a British enemy ship.

Interactive "Discovery Port" School Program

Discovery Port Educational Programs: The “Discovery Port” Program at the USS Constitution Museum invites children to explore the history, spirit and ideals of the emerging nation through USS Constitution. Students participate in active role-playing as they learn how sailors aboard USS Constitution lived and worked two hundred years ago. Students visit Discovery Ports in the museum’s galleries and try activities that were part of the sailor's experience - keeping time with an hour-glass and ship's bell, swinging in a hammock and setting a mess (supper) of hard tack and grog. The students also become museum "curators" and investigate and identify mystery "artifacts." Students may just decide to enlist!

Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22,

Charlestown, MA 02129 | Tel: (617) 426-1812

Newport Harbor Nautical Museum

The Nautical Museum will actively involve you through interactive exhibits, public events and programs.


From PCH going North:The museum is between Bayside Drive and Dover Drive.

Continue past traffic light on PCH at Bayside Drive and get into left lane. At the traffic light at Dover Drive make a U-Turn and come back over the bridge. Move into the right lane and turn RIGHT into the Balboa Marina then RIGHT again and drive to the end of the parking lot.

From PCH going South:The museum is between Bayside Drive and Dover Drive. Once you cross the bridge over the Back Bay (you can see the Museum Riverboat on the Right) Move into the right lane and turn RIGHT into the Balboa Marina then RIGHT again and drive to the end of the parking lot.

By Boat:Enter Newport Harbor and sail past Linda Isle towards the Back Bay.

Tie up to the Museum dock for Free during your museum visit. We have 10' draft at high tide. Note: Dock space may not be available if a Tall Ship is visiting. Call ahead for info.


The Newport Gallery

This Newport Gallery gallery presents locally oriented nautical exhibits focusing on the history, culture and environmental aspects of Newport Harbor.

These exhibits primarily include locally focused presentations of the area's early history, settlement and Harbor development as well as elements highlighting aspects of local fishing, surfing, boat building and marine conservation.

Ship Model Gallery

A British warship model, hand-carved from soup bones by prisoners of the Napoleonic War. The rigging is crafted from their own hair. H.M.S. Kent

The Museum's Ship Model gallery is a world-class collection, showcasing more than 50 antique and modern examples of vessels, primarily representing Pacific watercraft. Housed in custom built display cases, the Collection includes examples of early Polynesian and Chumash Indian canoes, 19th Century gold rush Clippers, Steamships, WWII naval vessels and modern pleasure yachts. Each model category features its own interactive touch screen kiosk offering essential data on the history and significance of the models on exhibit.

The Grand Salon

The Museum's revolving exhibitions are presented in the Grand Salon. With rare exception the Salon exhibitions (presenting three major openings per year) focus on a wider interpretation of maritime endeavors in the Pacific. Recent Grand Salon exhibitions include the works of John Stobart, The American Society of Marine Artists "Brush with the Sea", and local marine artist Arthur Beaumont, a United Sates Navy commissioned artist during WWII. Opening September 22nd in the Grand Salon will be "Echoes in the Ice".

TRSS museum - Community Events, Restoration Shop, opening of a New Cat-Building

Sailing associations from the US