Maritime Research Center

The Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society has available for scholarly and personal research some 800 cubic feet of archival materials and over 60,000 ship and other maritime related photographs and negatives. Researchers will find a detailed, box-by-box listing and description of these materials in the Society’s Maritime Research Center located at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) Resource Center in the Seattle neighborhood of Georgetown.

(updated August 24, 2015)

►The Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society’s Maritime Research Center and Administrative Office moved in 2012 with the MOHAI Resource Center to 5933 6th Avenue South in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle.

Appointments are required as this is not a building you can walk in and get help. Appointments will be made upon receipt of a research request. Researchers are asked to complete a request form and email it to us with your name and phone number. Response time is usually 7-14 days with our volunteers working as fast as they can on requests.

►Appointments are required for visiting the office or conducting research in our Maritime Research Center. These 6 items define our Research Services.

1. Email:

2. Download the Research Inquiry Form and mail it in to PO Box 81142 Seattle, WA 98108 or email to the above address.

3. Submit your Ships Plan Research Inquiries with this form.

4. Call us at 206-812-5464 to schedule an appointment . Appointments must be made to conduct research. The archives are normally open every Thursday between 10 a.m. and Noon, 1 p.m and 4 p.m. except for holidays. Should circumstances warrant, staff will try to accommodate researchers’ requests for access at other times Monday-Friday.

The Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, along with other members of the Pacific Northwest Maritime Heritage Council and the maritime news website Three Sheets Northwest, have jointly launched the Northwest Maritime Heritage site at this location. The online resource allows users to quickly find all of the region’s historic ships, lighthouses, maritime museums, archives and events to help them explore the region’s nautical past.