On the Water

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These objects are featured in the exhibition On the Water: Stories from Maritime America. All are from the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, with most coming from the Division of Work & Industry. Representing a broad sweep of American maritime history, these objects were collected over more than a century and reflect broad patterns of technological, economic, social, and cultural change.

The eras listed reflect the National Standards for U.S. History, Grades 5-12.