North Carolina Historic Vessel Registry

From moving mail, families, and merchandise along North Carolina’s rivers, creeks, and coast, maritime vessels of all types have played a large part in North Carolina’s history. These vessels have helped contribute to and build North Carolina’s communities, economy, and culture. Once taken for granted these vessels have started to disappear from the world as they have rotted away and been forgotten. The North Carolina Maritime History Council is working with local boat owners to encourage the preservation of the vessels that remain by registering and recognizing their significance to North Carolina.

The Historic Vessel registry is an important way to encourage preservation of these North Carolina maritime treasures. The majority of the vessels eligible for the NC Historic Vessel Registry are either built in North Carolina and/or built by a North Carolina builder, though there are exceptions. Eligible vessel also include ones built outside North Carolina but that played a significant role in North Carolina’s history, such as blockade runners or ships named North Carolina.

If a vessel is found to be eligible for the North Carolina Historic Vessel Registry the owner will receive a certificate. This certification may assist the owner when applying for funding as it certifies the importance of preserving this vessel. If you are the owner of a vessel that you believe would qualify for the North Carolina Historic Vessel Registry, please contact the North Carolina Maritime History Council. As the owner you will be asked to provide documentation regarding the vessel before the vessel is discussed and voted on by the North Carolina Maritime History Council’s executive board.


Candidate for Registry Walker Hunting Skiff under restoration



Candidate for Registry: Walker Fishing Skiff


Candidate for Registry:  Walker Hunting Skiff