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Mission Statement

The Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society is committed to enhancing lives by preserving and sharing the engaging maritime past of the Puget Sound region to better understand the present and envision the future.


The Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society serves the public in three primary ways:

  1. Quarterly production of The Sea Chest, the journal of Pacific Northwest maritime history. Approximately 700 copies are sent to libraries and members of the society worldwide, with the primary audience within the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, Canada and California. The readership is generally age 40+.
  2. Research services in our Maritime Research Center housed within the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) Resource Center in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. Inquires are handled in person, over the phone or by email. Approximately 85% of our research requests are from people beyond Seattle, Washington and come to us via email. Of the 85%, about 10% are from people residing in Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

  3. Loans of artifacts for exhibitions to other maritime and history museums throughout the Pacific Northwest. Three of the largest collections on loan are to the Museum of History and Industry, The Coast Guard Museum and the Maritime Events Center in Seattle.

The Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society was founded in 1948 and developed a partnership with the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, Washington in 1952 to house the society’s collections consisting of 1,500 photographs (Williamson Collection), documents, ship plans and artifacts.


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