The Maritime Heritage Medal of Merit award, first presented
in 2008, is a continuation and enhancement of the Society’s earlier
Honorary Life Member award program, although Medal of
Merit winners do not receive honorary life memberships.
new Medal of Merit awards program, like the Honorary Life
Member program before it, honors individuals who have made major
contributions to the preservation and promotion of the maritime
history of Puget Sound or rendered distinguished service to the
Any qualified individual, Society member or non-member, is eligible
to receive this award unless already a past recipient of the
Medal of Merit or Honorary Life Member awards. Once
recognized, winners are ineligible to win in subsequent years. In
addition, any individual serving on the Awards or Selection
Committees is ineligible while on those committees.