National Park Service - Maritime Heritage Program
Historic Ships

Other organizations with notable online materials
The information listed under this section includes a few select web sites for organizations that host collections of primary documents, images, reports, and other secondary works. These sites offer only a sampling of the growing number of digital resources being made available through the Internet. While some of these sites are specifically for maritime materials, many more house collections of sources that can support and enhance an understanding of the maritime world. (See Library of Congress and the National Science Foundation for issues addressing digital libraries.)
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Making of America is a collaborative effort by Cornell University and the University of Michigan to create a digital library of primary sources in American social history. On Cornell's site you have access to the Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion as well as Harper's New Monthly Magazine (1850 - 1899), Manufacturer and Builder (1869 - 1894), Scientific American (1846 - 1869) and various other publications. Another source for primary documents is the Avalon Project at Yale University. This site provides digital documents relevant to the fields of law, history, and diplomacy.
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The Great War Primary Document Archive is a highly comprehensive online archive of primary documents from World War I. Under Section VI - Special Topics and Commentary Articles are sources addressing the maritime war. These include a bibliography, links, and documents and images addressing the following topics: Communications; Ships, Weapons, Tactics; Fleet Deployments and Fleet Lists; Battles and Campaigns; People and Personalities.
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The Steam Engine Library is a section of the University of Rochester, Department of History web site which allows access to historical documents relating to the history of the steam engine. Housing digital documents related to steamboats and steam transportation is the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling, West Virginia. The library provides an extensive online photo collection of boats on the Ohio River, articles about river transportation, as well as a nice collections of links to more riverboat sites.
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Through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Central Library and Historical Images Collection you can access photographs of historic survey ships and boats while the Northeast Fisheries Science Center houses a collection of historical photographs of the United States Commission of Fish and Fisheries. NOAA's ocean pages provide access to the National Ocean Service and National Marine Sanctuaries and various materials addressing subjects such as tides and currents, diving, and oil and chemical spills. Through the fisheries section there are links to National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and other sites relevant to domestic and international fisheries operations. The charting and navigation page provides access to information about nautical charts, ocean mapping, safe navigation and transportation.
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For more comprehensive information about individual ships, the National Park Service Maritime Heritage Program has written over 100 National Historic Landmark nominations for preserved historic ships in the U.S. Many of the nominations are now available on this web site. These documents are well researched and provide comprehensive descriptions of the ship's appearance, design and history.
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Information about shipwrecks and individual wreck sites can also be found on the web. Through the National Park Service's Submerged Cultural Resources Unit web site you can access a number of shipwreck surveys as well as other data and publications regarding underwater archaeology. The Minnesota Historical Society web site provides access to Minnesota's Historic Shipwrecks. This is a comprehensive introduction to Minnesota's Great Lakes maritime history that includes a discussion of the history of lake and inland river transportation, the development of associated ships, boats and craft, and a useful bibliography. The State Historical Society of Wisconsin Underwater Archaeology Program links to Wisconsin's Great Lakes Shipwrecks where you can learn about the wrecks of Lakes Superior and Michigan. The site includes historic images, site maps and underwater images of the wrecks, plus a history and final voyage of the ship. There is also a collection of links to related sites about diving and safety. Through the state of Florida Underwater Archaeological Preserves web site you can access detailed descriptions of each shipwreck preserve as well as a useful set of links to other state underwater archaeological programs, preserves, and shipwreck sites. Additional informative web sites include the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, the Maritime Studies Program at East Carolina University, and the Navis project. Both the Institute of Nautical Archaeology and the East Carolina University sites provide details of field projects and links to supporting institutions and related sites. The Navis project, supported by the European Commission Directorate General X, provides a searchable database for shipwrecks in European waters. It is a useful source for the history of early ship design and construction.


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