Egan Maritime Institute


The mission of the Egan Maritime Institute and its affiliates is to advance the appreciation, documentation, preservation, and study of the art, history, literature, architecture, and traditions of Nantucket, all of which are shaped by the maritime character of people who live by the sea—for within these people lies, in great part, the story of America.


The Egan Maritime Institute envisions a healthy and vigorous future for Nantucket through widespread understanding of, and deep respect for the island’s rich maritime heritage.

Honoring Nantucket's Maritime Traditions: Past, Present & Future

Egan Maritime Institute (EMI) is a non-profit organization devoted exclusively to celebrating the rich maritime history of Nantucket Island. EMI took shape when Nantucket native Albert F. Egan Jr. and his wife Dorothy H. Egan created a foundation in 1989 to highlight the island’s seafaring heritage. In 1992, Bud Egan negotiated a lease with the Trustees of the Coffin School. He housed his family’s extensive maritime art and artifacts collection in the school, incorporated the eight-year-old Mill Hill Press and named National Book Award winner, Nat Philbrick, as the Egan Foundation’s first executive director.

Since then, the institute has worked with on-island and off-island organizations to present a calendar of enlightening and entertaining programs to enhance your experience on the island. These programs include annual publications through Mill Hill Press, annual maritime exhibits at the Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, 158 Polpis Road, up-to-date weather, and wind and tide reports via, guest speakers, films, art exhibits and concerts and, in the summer of 2013, the launch of “Sea of Opportunities,” a maritime education program for students.