By Michelle Cartwright Soverino, Director of Development
Egan Maritime Institute was founded by Nantucket business man, philanthropist, and native Albert F. “Bud” Egan, Jr. along with his wife Dorothy H. Egan. Enamored with all things Nantucket, Bud and Dorothy wanted to share their extensive collection of maritime art and Nantucket artifacts with the island’s people and visitors in perpetuity, while also leaving a legacy that ensured the island’s seafaring culture and traditions would be celebrated and preserved. Since its establishment in 1989, Egan Maritime has expanded its programing, safeguarded the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, and established a unique partnership with all Nantucket schools ensuring maritime education is part of every island student’s academic career.
Bud and Dorothy were always for Nantucket. Their love for the island
and the people who live on the island were the root of all their
endeavors—from opening the Marine Home Center and employing over 100
local workers to leaving every last cent of their estate to Nantucket
Their nephew, Bob Egan, is President Emeritus and Trustee of Egan Maritime Institute. He stopped by the Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum to reflect on the legacy of our founders, his aunt and uncle, Bud and Dorothy, as we continue to celebrate the season of year-end giving.
All gifts make an enormous difference to the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, our Sea of Opportunities classrooms, and all of Egan Maritime's programs and the community we serve by providing immediate financial support.
Your contribution will enrich and expand the lives of Nantucket's youth while ensuring Nantucket's seafaring heritage is at the forefront of its coastal community. Thank you for your consideration.
Pictured above: Bob Egan (left) with his son, Alex Egan (right) at the Museum's opening in May 2018.