About Us

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, individuals, businesses and organizations that all help to promote our mission of preserving and presenting historical vessels to the public.

We support the ships in our Fleet by networking with and linking to our members to:

  • Provide informational links assisting them in advancing their own ship preservation and promotion.
  • Share new and best practices in educational and public programming, preservation and restoration, and operational and technical support.
In addition to the use of the Association’s Website, HNSA also holds an annual conference, hosted by a member vessel, during which participants from the Fleet’s ships and other committed organizations and individuals discuss ship maintenance, educational and program experiences, marketing, public support strategies, collection management and a variety of other ship-museum related subjects.

We promote visiting the world’s historic naval ships and advocate for the need to save these important vessels for future generations so that they may continue to proudly serve their countries in honor of those who served and continue to serve at sea.