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  • American Neptune
    A Quarterly Journal of Maritime History and Arts - Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
    http://www.pem.org/sites/neptune/default.htm
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003) - Report this link as bad!
  • Boston Marine Society
    The Boston Marine Society located in Boston, Massachusetts, is the oldest association of sea captains in the world.
    http://www.bostonmarinesociety.org/
    (Added: Thu Dec 01 2016) - Report this link as bad!
  • Cape Ann Museum
    The Cape Ann Museum is located in downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts, America's oldest fishing port. A fishing museum as well as an art museum, we are committed to preserving the famous stories of Cape Ann's mariners for generations to come.
    http://www.capeannhistoricalmuseum.org/
    (Added: Mon Dec 06 2010) - Report this link as bad!
  • Cape Cod Maritime Museum
    Dedicated to celebrating, preserving and interpreting Cape Cod's maritime past, present and future, and inspiring passion and respect for the sea and how it continues to shape Cape Cod. On a unique and compelling site on Hyannis Harbor, the Cape Cod Maritime Museum serves as a focal point for the Cape and Island's maritime tradition. Boat building, cultural exhibits, maritime festivals, marine artifacts, shipwrecks, children's progams and more flow in and out of the museum building. Hyannis, Massachusetts
    http://www.capecodmaritimemuseum.org/
    (Added: Mon Mar 08 2010) - Report this link as bad!
  • Cohasset Historical Society
    Headquartered at 106 South Main Street in the town's original 1903 library, the Society also operates two additional seasonal museums in the center of town. The ca. 1760 Bates Ship Chandlery houses our Maritime Museum and the 1810 Captain John Wilson House interprets life in Cohasset during the 1800s. Cohasset, Massachusetts
    http://www.cohassethistoricalsociety.org/
    (Added: Sat Nov 05 2016) - Report this link as bad!
  • Custom House Maritime Museum
    Discover the abundant and interesting maritime heritage of Newburyport, Massachusetts (the eastern seacoast’s first major commercial port) and the Merrimack River Valley. See our unique collection of maritime art, model clipper ships, displays of famous shipwrecks, the history of the Coast Guard, and more.
    http://www.customhousemaritimemuseum.org/
    (Added: Tue Jun 23 2009) - Report this link as bad!
  • Egan Maritime Institute
    Egan Maritime Institute is a non-profit organization devoted exclusively to celebrating the rich maritime history of Nantucket Island. The mission of the Egan Maritime Institute and its affiliates is to advance the appreciation, documentation, preservation, and study of the art, history, literature, architecture, and traditions of Nantucket, all of which are shaped by the maritime character of people who live by the sea—for within these people lies, in great part, the story of America. Nantucket, Massachusetts
    http://www.eganmaritime.org/
    (Added: Sun Jan 18 2015) - Report this link as bad!
  • Egan Maritime Institute
    Honoring Nantucket's Maritime Traditions. Egan Maritime Institute is a non-profit organization devoted exclusively to celebrating the rich maritime history of Nantucket Island. Egan Maritime Institute took shape when Nantucket native Albert F. Egan Jr. and his wife Dorothy H. Egan created a foundation in 1989 to showcase the island’s seafaring heritage. Since then, the institute has worked with on-island and off-island organizations to present a calendar of enlightening and entertaining programs to enhance your experience on and off the island. Nantucket, Massachusetts
    http://www.nantucketshipwreck.org/
    (Added: Sun Jan 24 2016) - Report this link as bad!
  • Essex Shipbuilding Museum
    A visit to the Essex Shipbuilding Museum is a visit to a part of America that is no longer with us, but whose attitudes and values have much to teach us about life today. The Essex Shipbuilding Museum tells the extraordinary story of a small New England village that built more two-masted fishing schooners than any other place in the world. Essex, Massachusetts
    http://www.essexshipbuildingmuseum.org/
    (Added: Mon Dec 06 2010) - Report this link as bad!
  • Hart Nautical Collections
    The Francis Russell Hart Nautical Collections are one of the oldest and most extensive archives of nautical technology in the USA. The collections date from the 16th century to recent cutting edge ocean technologies. The collections primarily document design and construction by the leading ship builders, marine engineers and yacht designers of the past 150 years. The Museum was founded in 1921 as a component of the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at MIT. The original purpose of the Hart Nautical Museum was to support the teaching of naval architecture and marine engineering at MIT. Since its inception over eighty years ago, the collection has developed into one of the most important archives of nautical technology in America. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    https://mitmuseum.mit.edu/collection/hart-nautical
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003) - Report this link as bad!
  • Hull Lifesaving Museum
    The Hull Lifesaving Museum, the museum of Boston Harbor Heritage, preserves the region’s lifesaving tradition and maritime culture through collections, exhibits, experiential and interpretive education, research and service to others. The museum’s open water rowing programs in Boston Harbor educate young people about themselves while developing a constituency that takes stewardship for its maritime history. The deeds, traditions, and ethics of nineteenth century coastal lifesavers—Skills, Courage, and Caring—are the foundation of the museum’s exhibits and programs, and its underlying commitment to working to impact society, and individual lives, for the better. The headquarters of the Hull Lifesaving Museum is located at the Point Allerton U.S. Lifesaving Station in Hull, Massachusetts
    http://www.lifesavingmuseum.org/
    (Added: Wed Nov 20 2013) - Report this link as bad!
  • Hull Lifesaving Museum
    The permanent exhibit at the Hull Lifesaving Museum narrates the many miraculous rescues by Joshua James' crews of sailors wrecked on the shallow shores of Nantasket bay at the entrance to Boston Harbor during the latter part of the 19th century. Highlights are the original rescue surfboat "Nantasket", and Breeches Buoy apparatus (a modern version would be today's zip lines), deployed to haul sailors to land from ships wrecked within reach of shore. The rescues and rescue teams are powerfully documented through a rich collection of original contemporary photographs. The Museum collection includes over 5,000 artifacts including a 1903 Fresnel lens, shipwreck fragments, aids to navigation and historical charts. An active calendar of lectures and visiting exhibits covers a broad range of topics related to the marine heritage of the New England coast. Hull, Massachusetts
    http://www.hulllifesavingmuseum.org/
    (Added: Sun Jan 24 2016) - Report this link as bad!
  • Lowell's Boat Shop
    Lowell's Boat Shop, a National Historic Landmark and working museum, builders of hand crafted wooden boats. Established in 1793, Lowell's Boat Shop is the oldest continuously operating boat shop in the United States and is cited as the birthplace of the legendary fishing dory. Lowell's is the only remaining survivor of the area's world-renowned dory manufacturing industry that produced in excess of a quarter of a million dories over a period of two centuries. Lowell's also offers boat building classes. Amesbury, Massachusetts
    http://www.lowellsboatshop.com/
    (Added: Sat Dec 29 2012) - Report this link as bad!
  • Maritime Gloucester
    Our goal is to connect generations to the working waterfront of America's oldest seaport. Sail on the Ardelle or lobster on the Western Edge from Maritime Gloucester! We offer a variety of field trip program options for students in grades PreK-12 in marine science, physical and earth sciences, engineering and marine art. Gloucester, Massachusetts
    http://maritimegloucester.org/
    (Added: Mon Dec 17 2012) - Report this link as bad!
  • Martha's Vineyard Museum
    The Martha's Vineyard Museum inspires all people to discover, explore, and strengthen their connections to this Island and its diverse heritage. The Martha's Vineyard Museum is privileged to be the steward of three of the Island's lighthouses. The East Chop, Edgartown, and Gay Head lighthouses are not only historic reminders of a bygone age, but are working beacons that still send a light out into the night. Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
    http://mvmuseum.org/
    (Added: Sat Nov 05 2016) - Report this link as bad!
  • Nantucket Historical Association
    The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket Island and fosters an appreciation of its historic significance. The Whaling Museum presents the world premiere exhibition of material from the wreck of the Nantucket whaleship Two Brothers, the final chapter in former Essex Captain George Pollard Jr.’s ill-fated seafaring career. Nantucket, Massachusetts
    http://www.nha.org/
    (Added: Mon Dec 10 2012) - Report this link as bad!
  • Nantucket Lightship / LV-112
    For 39 years, Nantucket Lightship / LV-112 guided transoceanic shipping to and from U.S. east coast ports, through some of the most treacherous shipping lanes in the world. She was the first symbol of America encountered by thousands of immigrants. Many famous vessels such as the SS United States, the Queen Mary, Normandie and naval cargo vessels depended on her as a navigational aid. Now it's our turn to save and preserve this unique historic and venerable vessel. With the help of the general public—who are responding with gifts of all sizes—a fundraising effort is underway to restore LV-112 back to her former glory and reopen her as a museum and educational center for everyone to forever enjoy.
    http://www.nantucketlightshiplv-112.org/
    (Added: Sun Jan 24 2016) - Report this link as bad!
  • New Bedford Whaling Museum
    Founded in 1903, the Museum's rich history reveals an intimate relationship with the communities it serves. Motivated by civic pride and a desire to preserve the artifacts and narratives of the region, the museum was founded by the children of the progenitors of the American whaling industry. The Old Dartmouth Historical Society was established "to create and foster an interest in the history of Old Dartmouth (now the City of New Bedford, Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven and Westport, MA). This area incorporates more than 185 square miles with a population exceeding 180,000. Today, members hail from many more communities. New Bedford, Massachusetts
    http://www.whalingmuseum.org/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003) - Report this link as bad!
  • Out of Gloucester
    "Lost at sea" is the ultimate tragedy of fishing. Historians have estimated that 8,000 to 10,000 men who went fishing out of Gloucester have perished since the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony at Cape Ann in 1623. Here are the stories of the fishermen who have lost their lives fishing out of Gloucester, as well as some history of the industry and the families that made Gloucester the oldest active seaport in the United States.
    http://www.downtosea.com/
    (Added: Tue Nov 22 2016) - Report this link as bad!
  • P.T. Boats, Inc.
    P.T. Boats, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) historical nonprofit organization established by veterans of WWII PT service to preserve the history of Patrol Torpedo Boats, their shore bases and tenders ships, and the men who manned them. Headquartered in a suburb of Memphis Tennessee, this organization keeps alive the history of P.T. boat service through collections of artifacts, books, documents, blueprints, manuals, photos and film. PT Boats, Inc., also maintains the PT Boat Museum and Library at Battleship Cove in Fall River, Massachusetts.
    http://www.ptboats.org/
    (Added: Thu Dec 17 2015) - Report this link as bad!
  • Peabody Essex Museum
    The roots of the Peabody Essex Museum date to the 1799 founding of the East India Marine Society, an organization of Salem captains and supercargoes who had sailed beyond either the Cape of Good Hope or Cape Horn. The society's charter included a provision for the establishment of a "cabinet of natural and artificial curiosities," which is what we today would call a museum. Society members brought to Salem a diverse collection of objects from the northwest coast of America, Asia, Africa, Oceania, India and elsewhere. By 1825, the society moved into its own building, East India Marine Hall, which today contains the original display cases and some of the very first objects collected. Salem, Massachusetts
    http://www.pem.org/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003) - Report this link as bad!
  • Phyllis A. Marine Association
    Promoting the history of gillnetting in Gloucester, Massachusetts, through the display and preservation of the fishing vessel Phyllis A. - Gloucester's oldest fishing vessel.
    http://www.phyllis-a.org/
    (Added: Fri Dec 19 2014) - Report this link as bad!
  • Polynesian Voyaging Society
    Founded on a legacy of Pacific Ocean exploration, the Polynesian Voyaging Society seeks to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration through experiential educational programs that inspire students and their communities to respect and care for themselves and each other, and their natural and cultural environments. Honolulu, Hawaii
    http://pvs-hawaii.com/
    (Added: Wed Dec 30 2015) - Report this link as bad!
  • Salem Maritime NHS Home Page
    The first National Historic Site in the National Park System. When the United States was young, ships from Salem, Massachusetts helped to build the new nation's economy by carrying cargo back and forth from the West to Asia. The historic buildings, wharves, and reconstructed tall ship at this nine-acre National Park tell the stories of the sailors, Revolutionary War privateers, and merchants who brought the riches of the world to America. Salem, Massachusetts
    http://www.nps.gov/sama/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003) - Report this link as bad!
  • The United States Naval & Shipbuilding Museum and USS Salem
    Welcome to the United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum Online. Located in historic Quincy, Massachusetts. The USNSM is home to the USS Salem, the world's only preserved Heavy Cruiser. We are located in the former Quincy Fore River Shipyard, once one of the Nation's largest Shipbuilding Enterprises.
    http://www.uss-salem.org/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003) - Report this link as bad!
  • Tugboat Luna Preservation Society
    The Luna Preservation Society (LPS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the tugboat Luna, a National Historic Landmark moored in Boston, MA. The Luna was the first commercial diesel-electric ship-docking tug of its kind and played an important role in the development of Boston Harbor. She is the last surviving full-sized wooden tug on both the Gulf and Atlantic coasts and is currently undergoing major refurbishing.
    http://www.tugboatluna.org/
    (Added: Thu Apr 19 2007) - Report this link as bad!
  • U. S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association
    The U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association (USLSSHA) is an organization dedicated to preserving the history of the US Life Saving Service and early US Coast Guard. No other group of historic American buildings is more endangered than our life-saving and lifeboat stations. To a far greater extent even than lighthouses, life-saving stations are still being lost and falling into tragic disrepair. The USLSSHA is dedicated to providing communication among many preservation-minded individuals and organizations regarding such things as saving stations and preserving artifacts. Hull, Massachusetts
    http://www.uslife-savingservice.org/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003) - Report this link as bad!
  • USS Constitution Museum
    Old Ironsides is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. Her history is rich and colorful and 200 years strong -- from fighting Barbary pirates on the shores of Tripoli to winning famous victories during the War of 1812. The USS Constitution Museum ensures that the stories of USS Constitution and those who shaped her history are never forgotten, always remain relevant, and inspire as many people as possible. Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, Massachusetts
    http://www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org/
    (Added: Thu Jan 02 2003) - Report this link as bad!
  • Woods Hole Historical Museum
    The Woods Hole Historical Museum is a lively small museum with changing exhibits and diverse programs appealing to people with wide interests. Woods Hole, Massachusetts
    http://www.woodsholemuseum.org/
    (Added: Tue Jun 23 2009) - Report this link as bad!
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