Our 2023 HNSA Conference Was Great!  Thanks, USS Slater!

Get ready for our 2024 Conference on board USS Midway September 16-19!

To View Sessions, Click "Annual Conferences" above and then scroll down to the links. (Must be a Member to view.)

What is HNSA? 

Since our first meeting in 1966 the Historic Naval Ships Association (HNSA) has connected the public with historic ships from around the world. These ships are living memorials to those who served and are being lovingly preserved to educate and inspire future generations.

HNSA is a non-profit organization whose goals are to:

1. Support the preservation of historic naval vessels by advocating for and promoting our member organizations,

2. Identify best practices and resources, and

3. Serve as a networking and information hub to link our members.

HNSA's membership includes naval ship museums and memorials around the world as well as individuals, businesses and organizations that support the rich culture of significant historic naval vessels. 


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The Benefits of Membership

Being a part of HNSA helps us to preserve historic Navy, Coast Guard and other vessels that have participated in the defense of their nations.

Individuals, Fleet Members and Industry Affiliates have access to member-only content, like our documents and drawings library and past conference presentations.

Members may network with colleagues and enthusiasts through our website social community. Other benefits include an invitation to attend our annual symposium and to receive our quarterly e-newsletter, Anchor Watch.

2023 Conference is Over - Start Getting Ready for 2024 Symposium in San Diego hosted by USS Midway!

HNSA runs an annual Symposium to foster collaboration and exchange knowledge about the historic ship and museum community. The symposium offers networking, learning, and sharing best practices on topics related to historic naval vessels. HNSA welcomes participants from all over the world who share a passion for ships and naval heritage. 

We love suggestions for topics to cover, papers to present or activities to enhance the interactive purpose of the symposium. Our Content Committee Chair this year is Meghan Rathbun, now Managing Director of the Submarine Force Museum (USS Nautilus) in Groton, CT. Send your ideas to her at [email protected].

Our "Call for Papers" is up until May 24, 2024. What's going on with your ship? Maybe it's something about which the rest of us would love to hear!