Sitka Maritime Heritage Society

Dedicated to preserving maritime heritage and to sharing that rich legacy with the public, especially children & youth

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P.O. Box 2153
Sitka, AK 99835
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About Us

The Sitka Maritime Heritage Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Sitka, Alaska. We are dedicated to preserving our region’s rich maritime history and promoting knowledge of maritime heritage and skills.

Our primary focus is the restoration of the historic Japonski Island Boathouse as a working boat haulout and workshop and maritime heritage center.

The Sitka Maritime Heritage Society has had a presence in the community for more than a decade.

During that time we have developed our educational mission by collecting photographs and oral histories, and organizing maritime-themed lectures and hands-on workshops.

Meanwhile, volunteers and contractors have worked tirelessly on the Japonski Island Boathouse project, logging thousands of hours painting, restoring the building steadily, and cataloging items in the Boathouse.

We also hold fundraisers and they often involve food. This is from the black cod tips feed we held for several years on Alaska Day.