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.

“The tow to Jacksonville will have to be a window of opportunity with hurricane season and so forth..it’s just a lot,” s...
06/02/2020
USS Orleck move to Jacksonville delayed due to Coronavirus

“The tow to Jacksonville will have to be a window of opportunity with hurricane season and so forth..it’s just a lot,” said Executive Director Ron Williams.

The ship was scheduled to begin its move to Jacksonville on March 23rd. Miller says they’ve been using the extra time to make some added improvements to the ship.

Beginning Saturday, May 29, the ship reopened to offer limited, fresh-air tours that comply with public health guideline...
06/01/2020
USS Iowa in San Pedro welcomes first tourists in nearly 3 months amid coronavirus outbreak

Beginning Saturday, May 29, the ship reopened to offer limited, fresh-air tours that comply with public health guidelines. That means making advance reservations and groups limited to six at a time. There also are private guided tours available, but public health guidelines, including face coverings, must be observed at all times.

The start of tours took longer than expected — when it was announced on March 13 that the ship would close, some hoped it might be able to reopen by the end of the month.

“While the public tours will be a major step forward for the Iowa, the warship-turned-museum has a long way to go before...
05/28/2020
USS Iowa in San Pedro to reopen for limited, on-deck tours Saturday, May 30

“While the public tours will be a major step forward for the Iowa, the warship-turned-museum has a long way to go before it can make up for all of the money it lost during the stay-at-home orders, said ship CEO Jonathan Williams.”

While the public tours will be a major step forward for the Iowa, the warship-turned-museum has a long way to go before it can make up for all of the money it lost during the stay-at-home orders, s…

05/28/2020

We would love to create a resource page for HNSA ship and organization member virtual tours for our website. Post yours in the comment section! #covid19 #virtualtour

The Mariners' Museum and Park
05/27/2020

The Mariners' Museum and Park

Current view from the turret's platform 🙌
All is well in the conservation lab! Our dedicated conservators are continuously checking on (and taking care of) our precious artifacts while the Museum remains closed. We look forward to when you can join us in the galleries again!

On Friday, 20 May 2020, several HNSA organizations around the country sounded their ship whistles as an honor to all hea...
05/25/2020
HNSA Members Salute to Healthcare Workers and First Responders | Historic Naval Ships Association

On Friday, 20 May 2020, several HNSA organizations around the country sounded their ship whistles as an honor to all healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines battling COVID-19. The initiative began as an idea of Kevin Osgood and his team at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The whistle coincided with National Maritime Day.

On Friday, 20 May 2020, several HNSA organizations around the country sounded their ship whistles as an honor to all healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines battling COVID-19. The initiative began as an idea of Kevin Osgood and his team at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturge...

Plans call for PTF-26 to then travel as a hip barge with a commercial carrier, up the Mississippi River to Cairo, Ill., ...
05/24/2020
Last PT Boat Prepares For River Mission - The Waterways Journal

Plans call for PTF-26 to then travel as a hip barge with a commercial carrier, up the Mississippi River to Cairo, Ill., where it will once again be under its own power going up the Ohio River, arriving no earlier than mid-September.

The Maritime Pastoral Training Foundation has pulled together funds to purchase the last of the Vietnam War era's patrol boats and move it to Kentucky.

SS Jeremiah O’Brien Saved From Powerful Fire
05/23/2020
SS Jeremiah O’Brien Saved From Powerful Fire

SS Jeremiah O’Brien Saved From Powerful Fire

San Francisco Fire Department Chief Janine Nicholson explains what firefighters had to do to salvage the SS Jeremiah O’Brien, a historic ship used during World War II.

The Los Angeles Maritime Museum is happy to announce that Guadalupe Pena began work as the new Curator in January, 2020.
05/22/2020
New Curator at Los Angeles Maritime Museum | Historic Naval Ships Association

The Los Angeles Maritime Museum is happy to announce that Guadalupe Pena began work as the new Curator in January, 2020.

A Southern California native, Lupe earned her M.A. in History from California State University, Los Angeles. She has curated several exhibits and developed educational programs for the Banning Residence Museum in Wilmington, CA, and was a member of the collections staff at the Museum of Latin Americ...

The USS Constitution may have suspended public tours due to COVID-19, but the virus hasn’t stopped its sailors from show...
05/13/2020
USS Constitution sees huge spike in virtual tours

The USS Constitution may have suspended public tours due to COVID-19, but the virus hasn’t stopped its sailors from showing off the famed warship.

USS Constitution may have suspended public tours due to Covid-19, but the virus hasn’t stopped its sailors from showing off the famed warship.

SEARCH, Inc. (SEARCH), the largest underwater and terrestrial archaeology firm in the United States, and Ocean Infinity,...
05/12/2020
USS Nevada Located by SEARCH and Ocean Infinity

SEARCH, Inc. (SEARCH), the largest underwater and terrestrial archaeology firm in the United States, and Ocean Infinity, the marine robotics company, are pleased to announce the discovery of USS Nevada (BB-36), one of the U.S. Navy's longest serving battleships, and viewed as the epitome of American resilience and perseverance.

/PRNewswire/ -- SEARCH, Inc. (SEARCH), the largest underwater and terrestrial archaeology firm in the United States, and Ocean Infinity, the marine robotics...

“We closed our hatches to the public almost two months ago in support of our elected leaders and our community and now w...
05/07/2020
American Victory Ship and Museum to welcome guests back aboard Friday

“We closed our hatches to the public almost two months ago in support of our elected leaders and our community and now we’re excited to be reopening again with an equal measure of support,” said Bill Kuzmick, President of the American Victory Ship.

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The American Victory Ship and Museum will reopen to the public on Friday, it was announced Wednesday. The ship will strictly observe new procedures amid the coronavirus p…

Recent mention in Bob Hind’s nostalgia posts and a letter to The News about USS Iowa prompted former News Defence Corres...
04/29/2020
American battleship's Portsmouth visits remembered | Nostalgia

Recent mention in Bob Hind’s nostalgia posts and a letter to The News about USS Iowa prompted former News Defence Correspondent Tim King to relive assignments he experienced when he was invited on board and toured the battleship when she arrived in Portsmouth in 1986 and 1989, the latter a poignant reminder on the 31st anniversary of the tragedy on April 19 which preceded that visit.

Recent mention in Bob Hind’s nostalgia posts and a letter to The News about USS Iowa prompted former News Defence Correspondent Tim King to relive assignments he experienced when he was invited on board and toured the battleship when she arrived in Portsmouth in 1986 and 1989, the latter a poignan...

Many websites offer virtual tours that provide the necessary aquatic escapism to help overcome one’s forced containment.
04/15/2020
Ship Museums Offer Virtual Tours To Land Lovers Everywhere

Many websites offer virtual tours that provide the necessary aquatic escapism to help overcome one’s forced containment.

In April 1970, the SS Great Britain was re-floated before travelling 8,000 miles from the Falkland Islands to the United Kingdom.

Now more than ever before, BB62 needs help from all of us. With the termination of visitors, and withheld funds from the...
04/02/2020
Letter: USS New Jersey needs your help

Now more than ever before, BB62 needs help from all of us. With the termination of visitors, and withheld funds from the State of New Jersey, the ship faces the cruel reality of becoming another ship to be scrapped due to the cost of maintaining the vessel in its present state.

Letter: USS New Jersey needs your help

The USS Kidd Veterans Museum may be physically closed due to the coronavirus, but online it is open for business in an a...
04/02/2020
USS Kidd Veterans Museum offers virtual tours

The USS Kidd Veterans Museum may be physically closed due to the coronavirus, but online it is open for business in an amazing way.

The USS Kidd Veterans Museum may be physically closed due to the coronavirus, but online it is open for business in an amazing way.

The National Museum of the Great Lakes tells the incredible story of our Great Lakes through over 300 genuine artifacts,...
03/27/2020
Learn at Home | Explore Great Lakes history virtually

The National Museum of the Great Lakes tells the incredible story of our Great Lakes through over 300 genuine artifacts, a number of powerful audiovisual displays and 40 hands-on interactive exhibits including the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship.

The National Museum of the Great Lakes has virtual museum and ship tours.

Featuring a one-and-a-quarter life size model of a sea mine and two divers, the tribute has been crafted to immortalise ...
03/19/2020
Amazing new statue honouring Royal Navy sailors unveiled at Portsmouth's Gunwharf Quays

Featuring a one-and-a-quarter life size model of a sea mine and two divers, the tribute has been crafted to immortalise the memory of former naval base HMS Vernon, which once dominated the shopping centre site.

A STUNNING statue honouring the Royal Navy’s heroes of the deep has finally been unveiled to the world after a 12-year fundraising quest was completed.

03/16/2020

How are your historic ships and museums handling COVID-19 to best accommodate the health and safety of visitors and staff? #HNSA

Weather permitting, the ship is now scheduled to depart via tow on Mar. 17 and arrive at Gulf Copper Central yard in Por...
03/10/2020
USS Orleck to depart as early as March 17

Weather permitting, the ship is now scheduled to depart via tow on Mar. 17 and arrive at Gulf Copper Central yard in Port Arthur, TX, on Mar. 18.

While docked the Destroyer will undergo inspection, repair, and receive a new coat of pant before it is towed to Jacksonville, FL, to reopen as the flag ship of the Jacksonville Naval Museum.

The USS Orleck's departure has been moved up one week

Museum staff will be on hand to interpret the ship’s history for visitors and give them an inkling of the daily duties a...
03/05/2020
Lightship Portsmouth Museum reopens on March 6!

Museum staff will be on hand to interpret the ship’s history for visitors and give them an inkling of the daily duties and occasional dangers faced by lightship sailors. New this year are a series of interpretive panels and installations in the ship’s interior that provide more detailed information about the mid-1950s crew that served aboard the ship, as well as technical information related to the ship’s engine room and other equipment.

News Actions Facebook Tweet Email Lightship Portsmouth Museum reopens on March 6! Posted: 5:03 AM, Mar 04, 2020 Updated: 2020-03-04 05:06:38-05 By: Julia Varnier PortsmouthNavalShipyardMuseum.com PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The Lightship Portsmouth Museum reopens for the 2020 season beginning Friday, M...

For a year and a half, as much as 14 feet of murky river water filled the hull of the 312-foot long, 250-ton vessel afte...
03/03/2020
Mission underway to save historic USS Ling submarine after devastating flood in murky N.J. river

For a year and a half, as much as 14 feet of murky river water filled the hull of the 312-foot long, 250-ton vessel after vandals flooded the boat. The water filled every corner and crevice of the submarine’s innards, damaging radio and electronic equipment. Era-specific artifacts like mess kits, uniforms and bunks fully furnished with mattresses were also lost.

Volunteers hope the work on the USS Ling will one day lead to the boat moving from the Hackensack River to Kentucky.

The USS Orleck has made its home in Lake Charles for the past decade but will soon make a 16-hour trip to Port Arthur, T...
02/24/2020
Anchors Aweigh: Historic ship to be part of naval museum

The USS Orleck has made its home in Lake Charles for the past decade but will soon make a 16-hour trip to Port Arthur, Texas, then trek for a week to Jacksonville, Florida, to join the Jacksonville Naval Museum.

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — The USS Orleck has made its home in Lake Charles for the past decade but will soon make a 16-hour trip to Port Arthur, Texas, then trek for a week to Jacksonville, Florida, to join the Jacksonville Naval Museum. The Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association intends to h...

On two days in February and March, the museum’s team will use custom machinery to clean out the two 11-foot bores in bot...
02/12/2020
Civil War Ship Gets 1st-of-its-Kind Gun Cleaning in Hampton Roads | Chesapeake Bay Magazine

On two days in February and March, the museum’s team will use custom machinery to clean out the two 11-foot bores in both 16,000-pound Dahlgren guns that were originally on the ironclad warship’s turret.

The Mariners’ Museum and Park will take spring cleaning to a whole new level when it cleans out two massive guns from the warship USS Monitor in search of artifacts from the Civil War era.

The announcement came in a statement Friday, saying repairs would be impossible in the ship's current configuration. Acc...
02/08/2020
Museum staff making plans to move USS Kidd for 'long overdue' repairs

The announcement came in a statement Friday, saying repairs would be impossible in the ship's current configuration. According to the statement, the Kidd's last dry-docking came in 1962, making it "long overdue" for such repairs.

Management at the USS Kidd museum says the WWII-era destroyer will need to be moved from its current location in order for it to undergo extensive repairs.

After months of angst over the future of the World War II Liberty Ship S.S. John W. Brown, Bay Bulletin can report that ...
02/06/2020
World War II Liberty Ship to Arrive at Temporary Baltimore Home | Chesapeake Bay Magazine

After months of angst over the future of the World War II Liberty Ship S.S. John W. Brown, Bay Bulletin can report that the museum ship has now secured temporary and forever homes– both in her home port of Baltimore.

After months of angst over the future of the World War II Liberty Ship S.S. John W. Brown, Bay Bulletin can report that the museum ship has now secured temporary and forever homes– both in her home…

02/04/2020
USS Orleck: The WW2 Ship Has to Move But Who Wants Her

Approval is still to be gained from the Jacksonville City Council, but the Mayor is firmly behind the project, and it does not seem that the Council will veto the plan.

USS Orleck: A long-held dream of the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association could soon come true. For some time, they have been collecting funds and

It has been the dream of the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association for years to open a floating museum along the ...
01/16/2020
Restored World War II destroyer could open as floating naval museum downtown

It has been the dream of the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association for years to open a floating museum along the St. Johns River. That dream faded somewhat a little more than a year ago when the Navy hedged on a deal to allow the USS Adams to call Jacksonville home. Since then, another opportunity floated in -- the USS Orleck, which is already a floating museum in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where it is set to close.

The proposed project passed a major hurdle Wednesday when it got unanimous approval from the Downtown Development Authority.

Water has encroached on the museum grounds near the offices, gift shop and approach to the Edson, said Mike Kegley, the ...
01/14/2020
Caretakers of USS Edson say breakwall needed to protect site from rising Saginaw River

Water has encroached on the museum grounds near the offices, gift shop and approach to the Edson, said Mike Kegley, the museum’s president. Staff have used a golf cart to get guests to the ship without having to wade into the water, he said.

The museum grounds have shrunk from erosion due to high water and flooding, but the wall will cost $250,000.

The Downtown Investment Authority board will consider a resolution Jan. 15 to enter a one-year development and licensing...
01/14/2020
Nonprofit wants to bring the USS Orleck Downtown as a naval museum | Jax Daily Record | Financial News & Daily Record - Jacksonville, Florida

The Downtown Investment Authority board will consider a resolution Jan. 15 to enter a one-year development and licensing agreement with the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association Inc. to relocate the USS Orleck DD-886 to Pier No. 1 at the Shipyards near TIAA Bank Field.

It’s the same group that worked for years to USS Charles F. Adams to Jacksonville.

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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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Thousands of you liked the photos I have posted over the past few days and I cant say enough of a thank you. I do indeed take trips just to film these pieces of history. Why? Well being a former member of the USNSCC I was always around the USCG and the USN and visited whatever ship I could. Cut to 2016 and taking my photography levels to new heights (pun intended) and my cinematic style and boom - the results you all commented and shared yesterday ;) I do it for those that cant visit them in person due to distance, money, disabled, and of course the vets, volunteers that keep them alive! Now more than ever we need to keep these pieces of history alive in the public mind. I am linking my playlist that features every single historic ship I have filmed. Some old schooners - some historic landmarks that happen to have a lovely set of 16" guns on them...others were nearly destroyed and I filmed there rebuild. Anyway here is the playlist - PLEASE share it or videos from it if you feel it will help the various museums and if you think others will enjoy the productions, history, visuals and so on. NO I do NOT make any money on these videos as I cant due to the music choice and even if I did - it would go back to the various foundations, museums and so on. I know some of them have a history lesson in the first part that most of you might know but hey - a lot of time goes into making these so enjoy from start to finish and enjoy the sights! ;)
I am so happy at the amount of PM's I am getting from vets who served on board AND parents that showed their kids given she is currently closed - please enjoy ;)
My father served aboard the USS Pittsburgh, ACR-4 from 1926 until 1929. The ship was the beginning of Naval Aviation in 1911, when she had an aircraft land in its deck.
June 6, the USS LST 325 Museum Ship hosted an international 75 year anniversary of the landing at Normandy. The event took place on the deck of the LST and was attended by representatives of several Allied countries. The ceremony included throwing a rose into the water for each Allied country as well as a wreath representing all those who gave their lives for freedom during WWII, followed by TAPS and a moment of silence as a lone B29 Bomber flew overhead. LST325 is the last fully functional ship of that period that still maintains her military looks and gets underway to visit ports of call. She landed on the beaches of Normandy many times bringing reinforcements, supplies and equipment, taking the wounded and dead back to England. A proud heritage. Bravo Zulu to all who made it possible.
Chase dreams!🙂
I found this photo in my Father's photobook. I know he was stationed at Eielson Field at some point in World War II. Does someone recognize this ship and know anything about it?
Who doesn't need a new t shirt or 3 with spring on its way? Help to dry dock and preserve the historic US Coast Guard Cutter TANEY and get a great shirt in the process !
The only Historic Naval Ship that still sails, I believe.
Thanks for preserving the history of these wonderful ships! Here's a view of another... LST 325 home ported in Evansville, Indiana
1965 Marinette LCM-6 being sold via online auction by the State of Vermont. This seemed like the appropriate group to share this buying opportunity with!
A great HNSA sponsor helping a great HNSA ship - Bravo Zulu to PPG!
The team from the USS ALABAMA is heading to Bremerton tomorrow. We can't wait to see everyone at this year's HNSA Conference.