Associate Members

HNSA Associate Members are organizations whose objectives are compatible with the objectives of the Historic Naval Ships Association. Examples are historic ships not yet open to the public, firms who supply goods and services to Fleet Members, for-profit tourist attractions such as ship excursion lines, and non-profit organizations working to obtain historic naval ships for siting and display as museum vessels.

HNSA encourages its Fleet Members to give preference to the products and services offered by its Associate Member vendors and suppliers. It also advises Fleet Members to make their own decisions regarding the purchase, employment or other use of the products and services offered by its Associate Members. HNSA incurs no liability and assumes no responsibility for problems that may occur prior to, during or after an Associate Member has supplied a product or performed a service in support of a Fleet Member.

If you are interested in becoming an associate member, contact Ryan Szimanski at

1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590-0001
(202) 366-0866
FAX (202) 366-5904
Ms. Barbara Voulgaris, Program Historian & Federal Preservation Officer
Office of Ship Operations

This agency of the U.S. federal government administers the inactive ships in various reserve fleets and maritime artifacts. They are also the owners of NS Savannah, the only nuclear powered merchant vessel built by the USA.

Mission: To improve and strengthen the U.S. Marine Transportation System to meet the economic, environmental and security needs of the Nation.  In our work across the government and the industry we support and advocate advancements in the business of shipping and marine transportation, both domestically and internationally.

U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
179 Ludlow Street
Stamford, CT 06902 USA
800.544.2637—Customer Service
203.353.8431—Fax – Customer Service Email

U.S. Games Systems, Inc. has been producing quality family games and specialty playing card decks for 50 years. Designed for family fun, all our products are attractively packaged and affordably priced.

Popular themed playing card decks include Naval Spotter Cards, Airplane Spotter Cards, Optical Illusions, Classic American Rides, Vintage Railroad, Civil War series and many other historical decks.  

Founded in 1968 by Stuart R. Kaplan, U.S. Games Systems (USGS) initially marketed a single product category: tarot cards. It now markets approximately 400 proprietary items from over 20 product categories of tarot, playing cards, games, children’s card games, museum products, books, and educational/motivational cards. The company’s overall mission is to create, produce and market high quality printed playing cards and book products.

As evidenced not only in his writings and personal collection of rare cards and games (previously on exhibit at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT), playing cards have been and continue to be a passion of the founder and Chairman of USGS, Stuart Kaplan. This strong desire to share high quality printed playing cards with others is embodied in the culture and fabric of U.S. Games Systems.

Washington Navy Yard
805 Kidder Breese St., SE
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5060
(202) 433-2210; Fax: (202) 433-3593
RADM Samuel Cox, USN (Ret.), Director and Curator of the Navy

Mission: Collect, preserve, protect, present, and make relevant the artifacts, art, and documents that best capture the Navy’s history and heritage.

Vision: Make the Navy and its history relevant to the American people and their leaders.

Provide the knowledge foundation for the Navy by maintaining historically relevant resources and products that identify what the Navy is and what it stands for.

Overview: The Naval History and Heritage Command traces its lineage to 1800 when President John Adams asked Benjamin Stoddert, the first Secretary of the Navy, to prepare a catalog of professional books for the secretary’s office. Today, the NHHC is the central resource for today’s operational Navy and acts as the services institutional memory.

Headquartered on the historic Washington Navy Yard, D.C., the Command includes ten official Navy museums nationwide as well as a detachment that maintains the Navy’s oldest commissioned warship, USS Constitution, in Boston, Mass.

The NHHC manages the official history program of the United States Navy, fulfilling its mission to strengthen the Navy’s effectiveness by preserving, analyzing, and interpreting the service’s hard-earned experience. A professional staff of historians, archivists, librarians, museum specialists, and naval personnel carries out historical activities and supports the fleet.

The Command oversees Navy programs and instructions related to history; advances knowledge of naval history and heritage through professional research, analysis, and interpretation, delivering a range of knowledge products and services; advises the Navy, other agencies, and the public on issues related to Navy ship and aircraft wrecks; and administers grants, fellowships, scholarships, and internships related to naval history.

Archives Branch—Operational Records and Personal Papers
Bldg. 108, 3rd Floor

Archives Branch—Ship and Aviation Unit Records
Bldg. 200, 1st Floor

Archives Branch—Photographic Section
Bldg. 108, 2nd Floor

Curator Branch
Bldg. 108, 2nd Floor
202.433.7873 or 202.433.2220

Navy Department Library
Reference 433.7833; Circulation 433.4132

Underwater Archaeology
Bldg. 70, 1st Floor

Navy Art Collection
Bldg. 67 (office)
Gail Munro, Branch Head:

USS Constitution “Old Ironsides,” Boston, Massachusetts


U.S. Naval Museums:
Great Lakes Naval Museum, Naval Station Great Lakes, IL
Hampton Roads Naval Museum, Norfolk, VA
National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola, FL Museum of Armament and Technology, China Lake, CA
Naval Undersea Museum, Keyport, WA
Naval War College Museum, Newport, RI
Patuxtent River Naval Air Museum, Patuxtent River, MD
Seabee Museum, Port Hueneme, CA
Submarine Force Museum & Historic Ship Nautilus, Groton, CT
U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, MD
National Museum of the United States Navy, Washington, D.C.

291 Wood Road
Annapolis, MD 21402
(410) 268-6110
VADM Peter H. Daly, USN (Ret.)

The U.S. Naval Institute is a voluntary, private, nonprofit association for the advancement of professional, literary, and scientific knowledge in the naval and maritime services, and the advancement of the knowledge of sea power.

Mission: To provide an independent forum for those who dare to read, think, speak, and write in order to advance the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to national defense

Vision:  We are the preeminent thought leader serving all Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard personnel by advancing the naval profession and preserving our naval history. USNI enhances the understanding of the vital contribution of American sea power to the defense and economic well-being of our nation.

Inactive Ships Office (SEA 21I)
1333 Isaac Hull Avenue, S.E., Stop 2701
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20376-2701

NAVSEA Corporate Communications


The Navy Inactive Ships Office (SEA 21I) is responsible for managing the inactivation, storage, and disposal of conventionally powered U.S. Navy ships and crafts that have reached the end of their service life.

SEA21I is committed to supporting the fleet by developing ship inactivation plans, supporting inactivation availabilities and transitioning the ships from the Fleet. SEA21I ensures the inactive ship inventory is managed in a manner most advantageous to the Government to include ship dismantlement, support for weapons effects testing, foreign military sales transfer, as well as ship and material donations.

Through the authority of Title 10, U.S. Code Section 8676, the Secretary of the Navy may convey, by donation, all right, title and interest to any vessel stricken from the Naval Vessel Register or any captured vessel for use as a museum or memorial for public display in the United States to  any State, the District of Columbia, any Commonwealth or possession of the United States, or any municipal corporation or political subdivision thereof, or any nonprofit entity. Such donations must be at no cost to the Department of Defense.

Through the authority of sections 2572 and 8765 of title 10, this office is also the Secretary of the Navy’s agent for donation at no cost to the United States of captured, condemned, or obsolete ordnance and shipboard materiel, and other condemned or obsolete materiel to any State, territory, commonwealth, or possession of the United States and political subdivision or municipal corporation thereof, the District of Columbia, eligible non-profit museum or memorial  libraries, historical societies, and educational institutions whose graduates or students were in World War I or World War II.

President:  Robert D. Board
P.O. Box 842
Placentia, CA  92871-0842
Tel: (714) 630-4520

Treasurer: Channing M. Zucker
717 San Remo Court
Virginia Beach, VA 23454-7343

Secretary:  James F. Chryst
34 Snyder Hollow Road
New Providence, PA  17560-9792
Tel:  (973) 222-5499

The U.S. Navy Cruiser Sailors Association (USNCSA) is an organization of U.S. Navy veterans who formerly served or are currently serving aboard cruisers.  USNCSA publishes a quarterly 48-page color magazine.  It holds an annual five-day national reunion, rotating it among cities on the east coast, west coast and the central part of the country.   The association is divided geographically into three districts: Eastern, Central, and Western.  Within the districts are state and local chapters. Some state and local chapters hold get-togethers, usually for one day.

USNCSA is a tax-exempt veterans organization by, for, and about U.S. Navy cruisers and their crews.  Formed in 1992 by seven cruiser sailors, the association has grown into a vibrant, member-oriented organization with over 2,600 active members.   Its roster includes sailors who served in all 168 ‘modern’ cruisers built since the 1930s.  It provides annual donations to the three cruiser fleet members of the Historic Naval Ships Association:  USS LITTLE ROCK (CL-92, later CLG-4), USS OLYMPIA (C-6, later CL-15) and USS SALEM (CA-139).


USS Cassin Young (DD-793) Association

Mailing Address:
USS Cassin Young Association
1 Pond Street, Apt. 9H
Winthrop, MA 02152
Bill Foley, Director
Janet O’Connell, Pres.

The USS Cassin Young (DD-793) Association  was founded in 1980 by three Boston area “Plank Owners”.  The Association was recently revived after several years of inactivity.
During its active years the USS Cassin Young (DD-793) Association provided direct support to Cassin Young volunteers by purchasing uniforms for the crew, funded volunteer luncheons and award ceremonies and provided funding to develop programs with the National Park Service to promote the ship’s history.
For nearly two decades the Association provided funding to support the ship’s Annual Commemorative Sea Trials. Each October, in celebration of the ship’s birthday, USS Cassin Young would be towed into Boston Harbor with several hundred guests onboard that included former crew members, their families, Navy personnel and local dignitaries.
The popular cruise provided the National Park Service the opportunity to present programs on the ship’s history and collect oral histories from former crew.

USS Cassin Young (DD-793) Association Mission:
“To assist in preserving and protecting USS Cassin Young by providing direct support to the volunteers who dedicate their time and skills to the ship’s preservation, and in supporting the National Park Service in keeping this historic ship afloat and open to the public.”



Post Office Box 291812
Boston, MA 02129-0215
(617) 426-1812
FAX (617) 242-0496
Anne Grimes Rand, President

Museum Hours
Open:  April 1 – October 31, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and November 1 – March 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day

The USS Constitution Museum serves as the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the stories of “Old Ironsides” and those associated with her. This award-winning non-profit provides an environment where inter-generational groups seeking an enjoyable and educational experience can have fun while learning and exploring history together. The Museum’s mission is to engage all ages in the story of Constitution to spark excitement about maritime heritage, naval service, and the American experience.

Located in the Charlestown Navy Yard, across from “Old Ironsides,” the USS Constitution Museum is a must see for everyone visiting Boston. Interactive galleries let visitors of all ages explore the legacy of USS Constitution, America’s Ship of State. Furl a sail, holystone the deck, and face the enemy in battle when visiting the exhibit All Hands on Deck: A Sailor’s Life in 1812. Learn the causes and impact of the War of 1812 on our nation in the 1812 Discovery Center. Come explore the how a young nation launched a legend in the Forest to Frigate exhibit. Enter the 1790’s to follow the story from the forest in which Constitution’s timbers grew to her launch as a fully formed frigate. Decide for yourself what kind of ship to build and test your shipyard skills.

Additional Resources (online game and educational resource) (resources for museum professionals about family engagement) (interdisciplinary classroom activities)


The Des Moines-class heavy cruiser USS Salem (CA-139), the “Pride of the Sixth Fleet,” was named for Salem, MA, being the third Navy ship of that name. Laid down on 4 July 1945 at the Bethlehem Steel Company in Quincy, MA, and commissioned in May 1949 at the Boston Navy Yard, Salem served a distinguished ten-year career as flagship of the US Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean and of the Second Fleet in the Atlantic. Though never firing her guns in anger, her very presence served as a stimulus for peace during the Cold War – a “Lady of Diplomacy,” hosting to such notables as the Shah of Iran; the President of Lebanon, and the King and Queen of Greece.

Decommissioned in early 1959, the Salem joined the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at Philadelphia, remaining in that status 1994 when she returned to Quincy where she will become the centerpiece of the U.S. Naval Shipbuilding Museum, serving her country once again with a new mission of teaching all generations this nation’s rich history of shipbuilding and naval service. Quincy’s proud shipbuilding history comes to life aboard this Cold War-era heavy cruiser.  Onboard exhibits feature memorabilia of over 100 U.S. Naval Cruisers including the City’s namesake USS Quincy and the USS Newport News, a Military Weapons Display and Archives, and Model Ships collection.

USS Salem (CA-139)
United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum
549 South Street, Pier 3
Quincy, MA 02169

Mailing Address:
United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum
PO Box 165Quincy, MA 02170

Open: Saturday and Sundays, Mid-April – Mid-June; September – mid-November; Friday – Saturday – Sunday | 10am – 4pm, July & August.

Group reservations and access to library and archives welcome by appointment.