Historic Naval Ships Association

Historic Naval Ships Association The Historic Naval Ships Association (HNSA) links the public with historic ships from around the world.
The dedicated naval historians who manage the 175 former naval vessels of HNSA, along with naval museums around the globe, seek to educate both young and old about the great naval heritage of their respective nations and to inspire men and women to serve their country. HNSA also provides a forum for the professionals running these historic museum and memorial ships to exchange ideas, discuss problems, and provide each other mutual support.

The Historic Naval Ships Association (HNSA) links the public with historic ships from around the world. These ships are storytellers and the deeds of those who served aboard them provide inspiration to present and future generations. The Association is a non-profit organization whose membership is comprised of naval ship museums and memorials around the world as well as individuals, businesses and organizations that promote our mission. We support the ships in our Fleet by being a networking and information hub linking our members to advance the preservation and promotion of all ships we represent. Homepage: http://www.hnsa.org/

Mission: To support the preservation of historic naval vessels and to honor those who serve at sea in defense of their nation.

Operation Neptune: The U.S. Navy on D-Day
06/06/2019
Operation Neptune: The U.S. Navy on D-Day

Operation Neptune: The U.S. Navy on D-Day

“Omaha Beach—there’s a name that will live, like Tarawa and Guadalcanal, as long as men prize valor and feel for suffering.”1 Operation Neptune, the naval component of Operation Overlord, began in the early hours of 6 June 1944, off a stretch of France’s northern coast now synonymous with ...

06/02/2019

How are your historic ships preparing for the Battle of Midway anniversary? Let us know in the comments below! #midway #battleofmidway

U.S. Navy
05/27/2019

U.S. Navy

Honor the fallen. On this #MemorialDay we remember those who honored, served, and gave the ultimate sacrifice for the flag. Today and everyday we fly it for them.

“Bickford, along with the ship’s Capt. John A. Winslow, and the 17-man gun crew, was awarded the Medal of Honor for ...
05/22/2019
Bass Harbor native was Civil War naval hero - Mount Desert Islander

“Bickford, along with the ship’s Capt. John A. Winslow, and the 17-man gun crew, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his outstanding service and valor in that famous battle.” Portions of that ship can be found at the National Museum of the United States Navy.

TREMONT — A pivotal naval battle in the Civil War was fought off the coast of Cherbourg France, June 19, 1864, between the Union Navy’s 200 foot,

There is a lot of history to fill the waters of the five boroughs, but one man epitomizes the spirit of New York Harbor....
05/16/2019
The South Street Seaport and 'The Harbor of Dreams' Lives On

There is a lot of history to fill the waters of the five boroughs, but one man epitomizes the spirit of New York Harbor. His name was Francis Osborn Braynard.

There is a lot of history to fill the waters NYC, but Frank Braynard and his Harbor of Dreams helped define New York Harbor and the South Street Seaport.

The USS LST 393 Veterans Museum in Muskegon is adding an 18,000-pound anti-aircraft cannon to its landing ship tank this...
05/13/2019
Museum ship to get WWII anti-aircraft cannon

The USS LST 393 Veterans Museum in Muskegon is adding an 18,000-pound anti-aircraft cannon to its landing ship tank this summer.

The museum aims to have the gun lifted onto the ship ahead of its celebration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

In early 1945, the Imperial Japanese Navy made a difficult decision: it would sacrifice the largest, most powerful battl...
05/04/2019
Death of a Battleship: How the Biggest Battleship in History Committed Naval Suicide

In early 1945, the Imperial Japanese Navy made a difficult decision: it would sacrifice the largest, most powerful battleships ever built to protect Okinawa, the gateway to Japan’s Home Islands. The decision sealed the fate of the battleship Yamato and its crew, but ironically did nothing to actually protect the island from Allied invasion.

How the Yamato died.

"Halladay took a different approach to his retirement ceremony. Rather than speaking about his career, he brought the US...
04/23/2019
Capt. Timothy Halladay: Bringing the USS Missouri to Life

"Halladay took a different approach to his retirement ceremony. Rather than speaking about his career, he brought the USS Missouri’s history to life, with an interactive lesson that included audience participation. He invited the attendees to become battleship sailors and then simulated what it would’ve been like to launch out to sea on the Missouri."

Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility Deputy Commander, Hawaii Regional Maintenance Center (HMRC), Capt. Timothy R. Halladay retired from the Navy after 30 years of service

USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park
04/17/2019

USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, Battleship Memorial Park would like to highlight a few of our wonderful volunteers.

Meet Jim Partridge, a retired US Navy Master Chief. Jim works along side our Curation department staff members on special projects. His service in the navy makes him a great resource in getting the authentic details of the ship correct. He also is great working with visitors, explaining the ship and her functions. Thank you Jim for all you do!

If you are interested in becoming a member of our volunteer crew, please visit our website for information and a volunteer application, www.ussalabama.com/get-involved/volunteer/

Volunteers Work to Restore Last Remaining Naval Minesweeper in the US to Its Former Glory
04/13/2019
Volunteers Work to Restore Last Remaining Naval Minesweeper in the US to Its Former Glory

Volunteers Work to Restore Last Remaining Naval Minesweeper in the US to Its Former Glory

STOCKTON -- The last Naval Minesweeper in the United States is sitting on the San Joaquin River in Stockton. It's one of the last Vietnam war vessels of its kind in existence and volunteers here in Stockton have been working for years to restore it to its former glory and turn this ship into a float...

"The ship was a real mess when we got it. It was full of junk. There was large holes cut in the side of the hull. There ...
04/01/2019
Volunteers Work to Restore Last Remaining Naval Minesweeper in the US to Its Former Glory

"The ship was a real mess when we got it. It was full of junk. There was large holes cut in the side of the hull. There was sliding glass doors, skylights, carpet on the overhead, mirrors everywhere. It was a party boat for many years on the San Francisco Bay," Rajkovich said.

STOCKTON -- The last Naval Minesweeper in the United States is sitting on the San Joaquin River in Stockton. It's one of the last Vietnam war vessels of its kind in existence and volunteers here in Stockton have been working for years to restore it to its former glory and turn this ship into a float...

An insightful read for this Sunday morning.
03/31/2019
The enduring case for American naval power

An insightful read for this Sunday morning.

With less than half of the Navy we had 30 years ago, but arguably three times the responsibility, and growing, we must reassert a decisive naval force and its relationship to American prosperity.

On May 3, 1969, the Florida Citrus Queen smashed a bottle of orange juice over the bow of USS Blue Jacket. With that, Or...
03/23/2019
Ask Orlando: What happened to the Navy ship that docked in Orlando?

On May 3, 1969, the Florida Citrus Queen smashed a bottle of orange juice over the bow of USS Blue Jacket. With that, Orlando’s ship had literally come in.

The odd thing is it never left.

Orlando was once home to a 240-foot Naval destroyer, or a facsimile thereof. Whatever happened to the ship that never went anywhere?

"The LST is not only a smart investment but a sound financial one. LST 325 is the last fully operational WWII LST in the...
03/22/2019
Letter: LST 325 is a valuable part of our community

"The LST is not only a smart investment but a sound financial one. LST 325 is the last fully operational WWII LST in the world. It continues to sail the nation’s inland rivers providing everyone with a living laboratory about U.S. naval history in World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and its service in the Greek navy for more than 30 years." Read more about LST-325 by going to her HNSA page: https://www.hnsa.org/hnsa-ships/uss-lst-325/

It is with disbelief when I read last Sunday’s ‘Letter to the Editor’, entitled, “LST is not a smart investment."

The devastating floods of Nebraska and Freedom Park.
03/21/2019

The devastating floods of Nebraska and Freedom Park.

Freedom Park, a naval museum park featuring aircraft, the training submarine Marlin (SST-2) and the minesweeper Hazard (AM-240), is flooded by the waters of the Missouri River, in Omaha, Neb., on Tuesday. (Nati Harnik/AP)

Not a historic ship by our organization's standards, but something interesting coming from the father of history himself...
03/19/2019
Found: A Ship Once Described By Herodotus

Not a historic ship by our organization's standards, but something interesting coming from the father of history himself.

A wreck discovered in the Nile suggests the ancient Greek historian's description was spot on.

“It’s the epitome of the former industrial might of Camden,” Lang said. “It protected our freedom against German...
03/18/2019
Historic, neglected boat is rusting away in a graveyard of ships on the Delaware River

“It’s the epitome of the former industrial might of Camden,” Lang said. “It protected our freedom against Germany during World War II. It’s an important artifact. When it’s gone, it’s gone. It would be wonderful to still walk the decks to hear of its heroism.”

The Barnegat light ship is included in a list of the states top 10 endangered historic sites.

The Petrel strikes again!
03/14/2019
The Epic Hunt for a Lost World War II Aircraft Carrier

The Petrel strikes again!

In 1942, a volley of torpedoes sent the U.S.S. Wasp to the bottom of the Pacific. For decades, the families of the dead wondered where in the lightless depths of the ocean the ship could possibly be. Earlier this year, a team of wreck hunters set out to find it.

The Ladies of the Lake exhibit on Wisconsin’s women and their influence on maritime culture opened March 2, and the mu...
03/05/2019
Manitowoc, Door County maritime museums offer Golden Tickets for 50th anniversaries

The Ladies of the Lake exhibit on Wisconsin’s women and their influence on maritime culture opened March 2, and the museum’s annual summer submarine celebration SubFest is scheduled for July 12-14. Additionally, the museum in Manitowoc is honored to host two important gatherings this year: the annual conferences of the Council of American Maritime Museums in April and the Historic Naval Ships Association in September.

The two museums are joining forces for a special Golden Ticket membership for their golden anniversaries.

More impressive work from RV Petrel.
02/26/2019

More impressive work from RV Petrel.

Sunk on the morning of July 5, 1943 by torpedoes from a group of destroyers led by the IJN Niizuki. It's said to be one of the longest torpedo shots of WWII. The Strong was a Fletcher class destroyer and is in 300 meters of water.

The Union Jack will fly on each Navy ship starting June 4, corresponding with the 77th anniversary of the start of the B...
02/24/2019
Navy returning to traditional blue-and-white flag after 17 years of flying First Navy Jack

The Union Jack will fly on each Navy ship starting June 4, corresponding with the 77th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Midway in 1942. The Navy in its statement said the act will honor “the greatest naval battle in history.”

The Union Jack will fly on each Navy ship starting June 4, corresponding with the 77th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Midway in 1942. The only exception will be aboard the USS Blue Ridge.

Naval History & Heritage Command
02/13/2019
Naval History & Heritage Command

Naval History & Heritage Command

"Hornet's discovery offers the American Sailor a timeless reminder of what courage, grit, and commitment truly look like." - Adm. Bill Moran, Vice Chief of Naval Operations.

For more background on the discovery of USS Hornet (CV-8), follow U.S. Pacific Fleet's link below!

Historic Naval Ships Association
01/24/2019

Historic Naval Ships Association

U.S. Pacific Fleet
12/07/2018

U.S. Pacific Fleet

Today we reflect on the events of Dec. 7, 1941, honor those we lost, and thank all who fought in WWII to forge the peace, stability and prosperity that followed. #PearlHarbor77 #NeverForget

11/22/2018

A very happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends and family!

Honoring all those who serve and have served on this Veteran’s Day/Remembrance Sunday.
11/11/2018

Honoring all those who serve and have served on this Veteran’s Day/Remembrance Sunday.

Naval History & Heritage Command
10/24/2018

Naval History & Heritage Command

"I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction, 'I served in the United States Navy'."- John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

As we take a moment to sit down with our families, we take a moment to express our most sincere thanks for the service done by our Sailors both past and present. #ThankYouForYourService #Thanksgiving

Crew of USS Shark II, lost with all hands, including my father, RM1 Marvin D. Oothoudt, on this day, 24 October, 1944.  ...
10/24/2018

Crew of USS Shark II, lost with all hands, including my father, RM1 Marvin D. Oothoudt, on this day, 24 October, 1944. Shark II radio room gang, 14 February, 1944. Marvin D. Oothoudt, 20 years old, is upper left.

14 February, 1944, commissioning party photo of the crew of USS Shark II, including my father, RM1 Marvin D, Oothoudt, S...
05/27/2018

14 February, 1944, commissioning party photo of the crew of USS Shark II, including my father, RM1 Marvin D, Oothoudt, Shark II was lost with all hands, 24 October, 1944.

12/31/2017

Wishing everyone a safe and happy New Year!

Historic Naval Ships Association's cover photo
12/07/2017

Historic Naval Ships Association's cover photo

Naval History & Heritage Command
11/24/2017

Naval History & Heritage Command

"I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction, 'I served in the United States Navy'."- John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

As we take a moment to sit down with our families, we take a moment to express our most sincere thanks for the service done by our Sailors both past and present. #ThankYouForYourService #Thanksgiving

11/11/2017

Expressing our gratitude to all those who serve and have served this Veteran’s Day.

Historic Naval Ships Association's cover photo
11/11/2017

Historic Naval Ships Association's cover photo

Profile Pictures
11/11/2017

Profile Pictures

Historic Naval Ships Association
11/11/2017

Historic Naval Ships Association

Cameras show that battleship stayed safe during storm
09/08/2017
Cameras show that battleship stayed safe during storm

Cameras show that battleship stayed safe during storm

As the water from Harvey snaked through subdivisions and streets in the Pasadena and La Porte area, officials directed to keep an eye on the Battleship Texas were able to rest relatively easy with the help of surveillance cameras recently installed to monitor activity on the ship. The 100-year-old v...

08/28/2017
Nautilus Live

Nautilus Live

Miss the live USS Bugara exploration? Catch up with this highlight video moving through our first archaeological survey of this World War II submarine as we document the wreck's condition and transformation into a living reef.

Paul G. Allen
08/23/2017

Paul G. Allen

New images from our latest dive of the USS Indianapolis show one of ship's main guns, an anti-aircraft gun, a gun director and torpedo damage to forward starboard section.

More to come: PaulAllen.com

Go Coast Guard
08/16/2017

Go Coast Guard

Pop Quiz: What is the primary mission of a Coast Guard cutter with a red hull? #triviatuesday

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The Historic Naval Ships Association (HNSA) fleet float peacefully at anchor, inviting you to cross their brows and journey back in time. Sit in the wardroom of a mighty battleship, touch a powerful torpedo on a submarine. Walk the legendary decks of seafaring history and stand where naval heroes have stood.

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