Maritime Cultural Heritage

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Maritime Cultural Heritage (MCH) is cultural heritage that is formed by material and inmaterial remains of seafaring and the use(s) of sea located on dry land and under water. (source ?)


BalticRIM definition (Laura Seesmeri 2018): Maritime cultural heritage is both tangible and intangible, and is associated with the connections people have with the sea and the resources originating from the different maritime communities in the past.

Maritime cultural heritage refers to the traces of people and the elements in the natural environment; the remains of the everyday lives of human beings living in interaction with nature constrained to maritime areas such as the coast, archipelago and open sea, and the elements, objects and places that are either terrestrial or partly or fully under water.

Maritime cultural heritage refers to both concrete traces of maritime cultural heritage in the landscape as well as skills and beliefs, habits and practices related to maritime issues passed from generation to generation and extended to different communities in order to present, construct and maintain their identities.

Maritime cultural heritage is associated with the settlement of coastal areas and archipelagos, seafaring and navigation, fishing and other hunting cultures by the sea, diving, and habits and beliefs related to maritime issues that connect humans to marine features and landscape, among others.


Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands:

The maritime heritage is all the heritage associated with water – all cultural remains, on and under the water and on land. (https://culturalheritageagency.nl/en/maritime-heritage date 28 May 2018, Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands)


Finnish Heritage Agency: Maritime Cultural Heritage Action Plan 2016 – 2020:

The maritime heritage is widely conceived of all the built and archaeological traces of the environment that show the way people understand and use waterways in the past and now. Maritime cultural heritage is also a collection of materials collected and stored in archives, libraries and collections of museums that can be used to present and explore the past phenomena associated with the use of watercourses. Intangible values are also associated with the maritime cultural heritage.