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Naval Marine Archive - The Canadian Collection

Tourism Region: Prince Edward County

The Society is a charitable organization dedicated to marine history and conservation, maritime research and nautical education and specialize in maritime history, mostly Canada/US and Europe, mostly 18, 19, 20th century. Our collections include books, pamphlets, reviews, magazines, charts, artwork, photographs, plans, sound and video recordings, etc.



"The Victory", 205 Main Street
Picton, Ontario
K0K 2T0

Telephone: 1-613-476-1177

Mailing Address: 
Naval Marine Archive - The Canadian Collection
"The Victory", 205 Main Street, Picton, Ontario
K0K 2T0

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Hours of Operation

Operations: Year Round

Open: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Additional hours on request - please call.

Public holidays (extended over Christmas / New Year)

Administration fees

Admission: Free

About Collections

Books, magazines, reviews, journals, pamphlets, artwork, plans, charts, video and sound recordings, photographs

Approximate number of objects in the collections: 500,000


logbooks, monographs, limited genealogy

Cartographic Materials • Electronic Records • Prints and Drawings • Manuscripts • Microforms • Films and Videos • Photographs • Sound Recordings • Textual Records
Other: customs records, war of 1812, rebellion of 1837, yachting, ships plans,

Fine Arts

Canadian Society of Marine Artists; originals and prints,
other marine art; many prints; allin 4,000 sq. ft. gallery space.

Canadian • Aboriginal or First Nations • Inuit • European

Modern • Historical

Painting • Prints and Drawings • Sketchbooks or Albums • Film and Video

Human History

Mostly maritime and Great Lakes, including environmental, but the Society holds the Professor Herbert Lee Gray Collection (late 19th century missionary and teacher) of approximately 500 works on philosophy and comparitive religion.

Exploration and Survey • Fisheries • Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints • Marine History and Technology • Military History and Technology • Musical Instruments • Religious or Liturgical Objects • Imaging : Photographs : Video • Transportation : Marine

Services & Activities

Reading room, research library, assistance with research, photocopy (Members only and within the limits of copyright)

Research Services

Research library, assistance with research, photocopy (Members), microfiche reader, internet (Members), electronic and paper indexing

Archival Records • Conservation or Restoration • Films • Library • Video Library
Other: International cooperation with similar institutions, particularly with indexing.

Educational Programs

Classes, talks, lectures at high school, college and university level. Talks for other historical societies, modelers' clubs, library associations, etc

Classes or Workshops • Lectures • School Programs
Other: We collaborate on the "Cooperative Education" programme with the Prince Edward Collegiate Institute.

Visitor Services

Research assistance, photocopy (Members), internet (Members)

Bilingual Services • Films and Videos • Meeting Room Rental • Parking Facilities : Free • Gift shop • Special Needs Facilities : Parking : Washrooms : Wheelchair access • Washrooms
Other Guided Tours: The Society is a member of the Chamber of Tourism and Commerce - and refers these matters to them

Volunteer Services

Volunteer Services Available • Volunteer Training Offered

Number of Volunteers: 15

Activities: Various aids for the members and the public; indexing; curatorial assistance.

Member Privileges

Newsletter, absentee research, consultations,

Internet Services

General InformationCollectionsEventsDirections or Map

Local Tourism Links

Local AttractionsOther Services

Other Services

Canadian Society of Marine Artists - permanent collection and special exhibitions

Publications & Products

Newsletter - three times a year; annual exhibition of the Canadian Society of Marine Artists, colour catalogue

Annual Reports • Brochures • Catalogues • Magazines • Newsletters • Scholarly Papers • T-Shirts or Sweatshirts or Caps
Other: Surplus books and magazines, souvenirs