The mission of Egan Maritime Institute is to inspire the appreciation and preservation of Nantucket's maritime culture and sea-faring legacy.


Nantucket's Egan Maritime Institute envisions a future in which the island's sea-faring legacy is preserved, protected and embraced by future generations. 

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

Egan Maritime Institute (EMI) is a non-profit organization which celebrates the rich maritime history of Nantucket Island. EMI took shape when Nantucket native Albert F. "Bud" Egan, Jr. and his wife Dorothy H. Egan created a foundation in 1989 to highlight the island’s sea-faring heritage. In 1992, Bud 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, EMI 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 publications through Mill Hill Press, annual exhibits at the Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, up-to-date weather, and wind and tide reports via ACKweather.com, guest speakers, films, art exhibits and concerts and, in the summer of 2013, the launch of Sea of Opportunities, an education program for Nantucket's students.