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.

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.

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

Today the Olympia is at home at the Independence Seaport Museum on the Delaware River near downtown Philadelphia, where ...
11/15/2020
Oldest Steel Warship Afloat: USS Olympia Has Survived Just About Everything

Today the Olympia is at home at the Independence Seaport Museum on the Delaware River near downtown Philadelphia, where it has been since 1957. Interim repairs were made on the ship over the years but following some mismanagement at the museum, there hasn’t been the money for a much needed full restoration. As a result, for a while, it looked like the once majestic vessel would meet a fate that no great warship deserves. She would be sunk and converted to an artificial reef!

The old vessel has her issues, but her place in naval history is secure.

"I have been looking for collections for this museum for over 30 years and have never seen anything like it," museum Pre...
10/22/2020
Papers shed light on early years of 'Old Ironsides,' Navy

"I have been looking for collections for this museum for over 30 years and have never seen anything like it," museum President and CEO Anne Grimes Rand said in a statement. "The U.S.S. Constitution Museum is actively pursuing its mission in tough times by acquiring these documents that shed light on previously unknown aspects of the construction, outfitting, and first movements of U.S.S. Constitution."

This image released Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, by the USS Constitution Museum in Boston shows a document of private signals used between the U.S. Navy and the Navy of Great Britain. It is part of a collection of documents related to the early years of the USS Constitution acquired by the museum that wi...

Trafalgar Day is the most important day in the calendar of HMS Victory, the oldest commissioned warship in the world. Ea...
10/21/2020
Trafalgar Day | Royal Navy

Trafalgar Day is the most important day in the calendar of HMS Victory, the oldest commissioned warship in the world. Each year on 21 October a ceremony is held on board Victory marking the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, a battle which defined the Age of Sail and which sealed British dominion of the seas for a hundred years.

Trafalgar Day, 21 October, is the most important day in the calendar of HMS Victory, the oldest commissioned warship in the world.

“This year we are extending Boo on the Boat to better accommodate social distancing,” said Ellen Kennedy, the museum’s d...
10/15/2020
Toledo museum offers weeklong 'Boo on the Boat'

“This year we are extending Boo on the Boat to better accommodate social distancing,” said Ellen Kennedy, the museum’s director of education and visitor experience. “Trick-or-treat goodies will be distributed using pre-portioned, sealed bags at stations to help youth explore Great Lakes history and the museum ships in a fun age-appropriate way.”

Offering includes social distancing

“With this funding, an important cultural enrichment site, and source of historical pride, can be accessible to visitors...
10/10/2020
Funding for seawall at Bay City’s USS Edson site secured in new state budget

“With this funding, an important cultural enrichment site, and source of historical pride, can be accessible to visitors without fear of high-water levels,” said Elder. "Michiganders come from all corners of our state to visit the USS Edson and attend the museum’s events, not to mention the significance it has to the members of our Bay City community.

$200,000 has been dedicated to build the seawall.

The ship will fire a salvo Saturday from its saluting gun to welcome tourists back for weekend tours beginning at 11 a.m...
10/02/2020
Battleship New Jersey to reopen this week with partial state aid

The ship will fire a salvo Saturday from its saluting gun to welcome tourists back for weekend tours beginning at 11 a.m each day with the last tour departing at 3 p.m.

Battleship New Jersey reopens this week in Camden with partial aid renewed in New Jersey fiscal 2021 budget but for weekends only, less staff

“They’ve preserved the inside of this sub so well. It’s like walking into a time capsule. I think we’re going to be able...
09/30/2020
USS COD submarine to make it’s way to Erie for repairs

“They’ve preserved the inside of this sub so well. It’s like walking into a time capsule. I think we’re going to be able to do a good job fixing her up. Hopefully the people of Erie will get to see her before she heads back to Cleveland,” said Ann Marie Porter, Port Estimator at Don Jon.

If you see a submarine in Presque Isle, don’t worry it is not a secret mission. We went down to Dobbins Landing to find out more about the floating history ship that is making it’s way …

A group of veterans have lately been at work on the USS Ling. They’ve patched a 3-inch hole in the hull, cleaned up the ...
09/29/2020
Rebirth, Renewal At Last Awaits Iconic North Jersey Submarine

A group of veterans have lately been at work on the USS Ling. They’ve patched a 3-inch hole in the hull, cleaned up the interior, restored one of the dive klaxons and made the once-floating museum’s horn functional again.

From a nearby bridge over the silty Hackensack River, lights at night can be seen shining from a New Jersey icon that had long ago been considered kaput.A group of veterans have lately been at work on the USS Ling. They’ve patched a 3-in...

The Legislature passed a $32.7 million state budget bill Thursday that restores state aid for the Battleship New Jersey ...
09/24/2020
Legislature revives Battleship New Jersey museum state aid in passing state budget bill

The Legislature passed a $32.7 million state budget bill Thursday that restores state aid for the Battleship New Jersey museum as one of the tax and other budget changes lawmakers made for the remaining nine months of fiscal 2021.

The New Jersey Legislature passed a new state budget bill that revives a $1 million annual appropriation for Battleship New jersey museum in Camden.

America’s last PT boat, PTF-26, won’t be operating on the Ohio River this fall, but a partnership between the Maritime P...
09/22/2020
Maritime Nonprofits Partner To Bring WWII Ship To Ohio River - The Waterways Journal

America’s last PT boat, PTF-26, won’t be operating on the Ohio River this fall, but a partnership between the Maritime Pastoral Training Foundation Ltd., which owns it, and a nonprofit group working to establish a naval museum to Louisville, Ky., means another historic ship is taking its place for now.

America’s last PT boat, PTF-26, won’t be operating on the Ohio River this fall, but a partnership between the Maritime Pastoral Training Foundation Ltd., which owns it, and a nonprofit group working to establish a naval museum to Louisville, Ky., means another historic ship is taking its place f...

USS KIDD Veterans Museum will be open daily this holiday weekend, Saturday through Monday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
09/04/2020
USS KIDD Veterans Museum open over weekend

USS KIDD Veterans Museum will be open daily this holiday weekend, Saturday through Monday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

USS KIDD Veterans Museum will be open daily this holiday weekend, Saturday through Monday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The USS Slater shipped off to sea from the Caddell Dry Dock on Tuesday afternoon around 2 p.m. The freshly painted Destr...
08/27/2020
USS Slater (it’s a museum!) finally sets sail from Staten Island

The USS Slater shipped off to sea from the Caddell Dry Dock on Tuesday afternoon around 2 p.m. The freshly painted Destroyer Escort Historical Museum (DEHM) was delayed in her trip back to Albany after a hole was spotted at the bottom of the vessel.

Escort destroyer came for a paint job but leaves with a serious fix

“We wanted to offer a special treat for visitors and residents of San Diego during the stress of the global pandemic. So...
08/24/2020
Maritime Museum of San Diego Reopens Saturday With Capacity Limits - Times of San Diego

“We wanted to offer a special treat for visitors and residents of San Diego during the stress of the global pandemic. So a stroll aboard the decks of these historic ships and refreshing, educational boat ride in San Diego Bay could be the perfect break.”

The Maritime Museum of San Diego reopens to the public Saturday, pledging a new, safe outdoor visit experience that includes free boat rides with general admission purchase.

A historic World War II vintage ship, the USS Slater, which is the last U.S. Destroyer Escort afloat in America, is expe...
08/20/2020
Historic WWII Vintage Destroyer to Transit New York's Hudson River

A historic World War II vintage ship, the USS Slater, which is the last U.S. Destroyer Escort afloat in America, is expected to make the trip along New York’s Hudson River on Friday, August 21. While she will be moving with tug boats, the trip is a unique opportunity to see a historic ship moving along the picturesque river.

From The Maritime Executive magazine

A historic World War II vintage ship, the USS Slater, which is the last U.S. Destroyer Escort afloat...

The museum will only be open Fridays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to. 5 p.m. Thursdays will be open to museum members o...
08/01/2020
USS Hornet museum to reopen after four-month closure

The museum will only be open Fridays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to. 5 p.m. Thursdays will be open to museum members only. It has been closed since March 13 because of the coronavirus pandemic and shelter-in-place order.

The USS Hornet museum will reopen Saturday for the first time in four months.

The museum said the closure of its sites due to the coronavirus lockdown had caused a £6.35m shortfall.It said it would ...
07/23/2020
Royal Navy museums 'saved from insolvency'

The museum said the closure of its sites due to the coronavirus lockdown had caused a £6.35m shortfall.

It said it would have filed for insolvency within the next month.

NMRN said the money would enable it to reopen its venues in Portsmouth, Gosport, Hartlepool and Yeovilton.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy says it has been promised emergency government funding.

The USS Constitution will reopen to the public on Aug. 7, the museum announced in a statement Thursday. The ship will be...
07/19/2020
The Boston Globe

The USS Constitution will reopen to the public on Aug. 7, the museum announced in a statement Thursday. The ship will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays with free admission.

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The USS Slater destroyer escort ship headed out from its snow dock on the Hudson River in Albany at about 8 a.m. Sunday ...
07/06/2020
World War II destroyer USS Slater sails down the Hudson

The USS Slater destroyer escort ship headed out from its snow dock on the Hudson River in Albany at about 8 a.m. Sunday and passed by the Twin Counties, including Hudson’s waterfront, three hours later as it traveled to Caddell Shipyard in Staten Island for continued restoration work.

HUDSON — The USS Slater destroyer escort ship headed out from its snow dock on the Hudson River in Albany at about 8 a.m. Sunday and passed by the Twin

Guests can visit the National Historic Landmark and museum from 9:30 am until 3:30 pm beginning Friday, July 3 until Sun...
06/30/2020
USS KIDD Veterans Museum open for July 4th weekend

Guests can visit the National Historic Landmark and museum from 9:30 am until 3:30 pm beginning Friday, July 3 until Sunday, July 5.

The USS KIDD Veterans Museum in Baton Rouge will open to visitors for the July 4th holiday weekend.

The museum will open for tours Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28. Thereafter, she’ll be open Thursdays through Sundays unt...
06/23/2020
LST 393 opening day is June 27

The museum will open for tours Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28. Thereafter, she’ll be open Thursdays through Sundays until Labor Day.

MUSKEGON – LST 393 has been through a world war, 25 years of Great Lakes storms and a pandemic. Now she’s ready to start her 16th year as USS LST

The Maritime Pastoral Training Foundation Ltd., consisting of friends and fellow Seamen’s Church Institute chaplains Kem...
06/19/2020
Last PT Boat Prepares For River Mission - The Waterways Journal

The Maritime Pastoral Training Foundation Ltd., consisting of friends and fellow Seamen’s Church Institute chaplains Kempton Baldridge, Winston Rice and Tom Rhoades, pulled together the funds to buy PTF-26 in March to use as a vessel to train maritime chaplains and youth and also to continue its mission of training and empowering young women who may be interested in careers within the river industry. On May 12, the 95-foot aluminum boat was licensed as a vessel in public service in Kentucky.

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.

The full series of live events will run approximately three hours and will include a 21-gun salute, tours of the ship, c...
06/18/2020
USS Constitution to host Facebook Live July 4 celebration, fire 21-gun salute

The full series of live events will run approximately three hours and will include a 21-gun salute, tours of the ship, climbing demonstrations, boarding pike drills, 19th-century gun drills, and a public trivia contest, giving viewers a chance to win one of 21 saluting battery rounds fired from the ship.

BOSTON - To safely celebrate Independence Day during the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, USS Constitution is scheduled to host a series of presentations on July 4, using Facebook Live.

The battleship suspended all non-essential operations on March 16 due to the outbreak of COVID-19 just days before Gov. ...
06/16/2020
Battleship New Jersey museum reopening for outside deck tour only

The battleship suspended all non-essential operations on March 16 due to the outbreak of COVID-19 just days before Gov. Phil Murphy's executive order. That forced the layoff of most of the ship's 28 full-time and 60 part-time employees and the loss off thousands of dollars in revenue each day.

Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial reopens on the Camden waterfront on Mon., June 15, after 3 months closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“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

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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.

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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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Finally, the book is soon ready, a complete overview with a historical description of all the crests at KNM Narvik😁 Order today at [email protected]
The ship the Japanese thought they sunk...half a dozen times! Ive posted before but its Sunday and I know folks will appreciate this - I specialize in filming museum ships both dockside and on the move with both my traditional DSLR and Drone! Back in March I took my first trip from here in MA to the state of Texas. Ive been doing this for over 4 years and every trip is different! My main goal this time around was the Blue Ghost seen here - but I managed to film 2 other museum ships as well. Being the main area of interest I pulled out all the stops to make this video - new editing software, the ability to bring to life low light shots and bring out the shadow detail...move the frame within the frame itself...historical info, timing with the music - all done for one reason - to bring the Blue Ghost to those that cant see her in person. Little did I know that literally within the week I was there all 3 ships would close access to the public and not see a new visitor until they reopened. I make these little productions as a one man show - often spending hours with my camera or drone well into the night or wee hours of the morning to get the shot - I hope you all enjoy the Blue Ghost from my unique point of view and please share with those you think would/will appreciate the video. No I dont get $ for it - in fact I spent about $2k all in between flights, hotels, rental car and so on to get do this trip -I do it because I enjoy it - I do it because I know I have the skill-set and ability to bring these giants of history back to life Enjoy! ;) https://youtu.be/kEMsYrh3DUo
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!