Maritime Heritage


Exhibits are a way in which Papahānaumokuākea scientists can help to "bring the place to the people, rather than the people to the place." Because of its remote location, visitors may not have the opportunity to dive on the shipwreck sites in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. NOAA maritime archaeologists help to bring the experience of visiting a site to the public through exhibits. Please stop by and learn more about PMNM's maritime heritage!

Visitors take a look at the ship's bell from the USS Saginaw, lost at Kure Atoll in 1870 and recovered by maritime archaeologists in 2008.Lost on a Reef Exhibit at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center in Hilo, Hawaiʻi

view of the Lost on a Reef exhibit at the Nantucket Whaling Museum.Lost on a Reef Exhibit at the Nantucket Whaling Museum in Nantucket, MA