Voyage to Discovery

Voyage to Discovery brings to life the largely unheralded stories of African-Americans in U.S. maritime history. This education initiative is led by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries’ Maritime Heritage Program and Murrain Associates, Inc., with the help of the National Association of Black Scuba Divers. Through multimedia, Voyage to Discovery hopes to inspire further curiosity and study, and help encourage greater ocean conservation awareness among African-Americans.

Learn more about Voyage to Discovery.

The Voyage to Discovery Essay Contest

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation sponsors the Voyage to Discovery Essay Contest in collaboration with NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Open to all middle and high school students in the United States, the essay contest encourages students to research and learn about African-American contributions to the maritime history of the United States.

The 2014 Voyage to Discovery Essay Contest opened on Monday, January 6, 2014. Submissions were accepted until April 4.

Contest rules can be found on the Voyage to Discovery website.

Two winners – one high school student and one middle school student – will be selected. The high school student winner will receive a $1,500 prize for post-secondary education. The middle school student winner will receive a $500 prize for continuing education.

Congratulations to the 2014 high school winner, Christine Forbes! 
Read Christine's essay on Dr. Dawn Wright



Read the Voyage to Discovery 2014 Essay Contest press release.

Read about the 2013 Voyage to Discovery Essay Contest.


Photos: (right) Courtesy of Maine Maritime Museum, Palmer Collection, (left) Photo ID NH-55510, U.S. NHHC, (front page) USCG


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