The Seaport Collection & Archive

Foss Waterway Seaport obtained the Stretch Island Museum Collection in 2010, creating a stable permanent collection of nautical paraphernalia collected by the late Bill Somers. Since then, the Seaport Collection & Archive has slowly expanded to include over 3,000 artifacts, photographs, records, and books. If you are interested in learning more, please email


Although space at the Seaport can be limited, we are open to considering artifact donations relevant to the Seaport mission. For more information about donating to the Seaport Collection & Archive, please CLICK HERE.


The Seaport Collection & Archive requires regular upkeep and research. Our small team works to maintain the collection for future generations. For more information about joining the collections team and volunteering, CLICK HERE.

Samples from the Collection