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Welcome to Navesink Maritime Heritage Association

Navesink Maritime Heritage Association

is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging Eastern Monmouth County with maritime and water related historical, skill building, environmental, and recreational activities, and encouraging responsible use of the Navesink estuary through its Discover, Engage, and Sustain approach

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The President’s 2023 End of Year Letter

From Rik van Hemmen

NMHA's Position Statement on Sustainability Efforts


Please renew your Membership or Join NMHAIt is not expensive, and it helps us so much to focus on the fun. Please note that Membership choices include SUSTAINING MEMBERSHIPS as well as the traditional Annual  Memberships. A Sustainer has an automatic monthly deduction from a credit card that continues until the Sustainer decides to stop, whereas the Annual Memberships are renewed manually each year. Renew or join now and you will be a member for 2024. Renewals are on the membership anniversary.

Sponsors and Partners

NMHA is fortunate to have a number of loyal Sponsors and Supporters listed below.

Click on the logos to go to their respective websites.

Martin Ottaway are a primary Sponsor of our Association. 

NMHA's website hosting and other projects in progress have been funded in part from the New Jersey Historic Trust through the Heritage Tourism Grant Program.

Classic Boat Rides is a long-time supporter of NMHA's bird watching cruises around Sandy Hook and adventures across Raritan Bay to Staten Island, Governors Island, and Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Bahrs Landing Restaurant has provided generous support of NMHA's numerous events - public presentations, annual dinners, receptions, etc. - held there over many years.

Ross Brewery is a local business and new sponsor as of 2023.  They have a facility on the Bayshore in Belford, NJ.

Fantastic Signs offer their customers a combination of over 40 years of Sign Design and Production, 23 years of Graphic Design, 6 years of Trade Show Exhibit Work and, 30 years of Retail/Wholesale/Marketing expertise.

Around the River

NMHA is a Proud Partner of RevolutionNJ

Monmouth County Patent 350th

Member Charlie Gross had recognized the 350th anniversary of the Monmouth County Patent on April 8 back in 2015.

Rick Geffken is is the 2023 winner of the

Jane G. Clayton Award.

Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon has announced that Rick Geffken is the winner of the 2023 Jane G. Clayton Award. Through his research, presentations, and publications on Monmouth County history, Rick Geffken has made a significant contribution to the study and understanding of our county’s history,” Hanlon said.

Geffken will receive the award at the County Clerk’s 28th Annual Archives and History Day on October 28 at the Robert J. Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft

Geffken has has authored or co-authored several books including “The Story of Shrewsbury, Revisited, 1965-2015;” “Highland Beach, 1888-1962: Gateway to the Jersey Shore,” “Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore,” “Hidden History of Monmouth County, New Jersey,” and “Stories of Slavery in New Jersey.”

In Memoriam:
Charlie Gross

It is with great sadness we heard of thr passing of Charlie Gross

Charlie Gross was a great friend and staunch supporter of NMHA. Charlie became involved with NMHA from the very start with the first community boatbuilding event at MBC, but he will be best  remembered and appreciated for being the initiator of the NMHA NJ350 celebration.


In late 2012 Charlie contacted the board and asked if he could make a short presentation at our board meeting. We had no idea what it would be about, but readily agreed. He came to the presentation with a bunch of background information, with the Nicholls patent as the main document. He explained that NJ would be celebrating the  350th Anniversary of the founding of Monmouth County and nobody was doing anything to commemorate it in our area. The research he provided on the subject was so interesting that it fired up the board, and with Charlie’s help resulted in a wonderful and wide ranging event that included a visit by the Onrust and, even more significantly, the settlement forum at the Old First Baptist church. There is no doubt that Charlie’s suggestion and efforts resulted in a major realignment of NMHA’s focus that led to many of the projects that NMHA has engaged in since. Thanks to Charlie’s initial suggestion, our research continues and has resulted in recent important discoveries with regard to the transatlantic politics underlying the settlement of Monmouth County.        


NMHA will be forever grateful for Charlie’s contributions and extends its condolences to the Gross family during these difficult days.

Swimming River Park open

Launch available for boaters

Swimming River Park on West Front Street in Red Bank is now open to the public.  This includes a boat launch facility.

Find the details HERE

Fair Haven Waterfront Access
Projects Gain Momentum

The borough is working to improve access to the Navesink River.

Read about it HERE

What’s Old is New again:

the Effort to Bring Sail Freight Back to New York’s Hudson River

Read about it HERE