Welcome aboard! We are the Massachusetts Bay Council of the Navy League of the United States.

The Navy League of the United States was founded in 1902 with the encouragement of President Theodore Roosevelt. The Navy League is unique among military-oriented associations in that it is a civilian organization dedicated to the education of our citizens, including our elected officials, and the support of the men and women of the sea services and their families. Further information may be obtained by visiting the web site

The Massachusetts Bay Council, as chartered by the Navy League of the U.S., is a non-profit, educational, 501.c.3 organization with roots back to 1955; With over 1100 members and not charging any local dues, we support our Sea Services in many ways. We make many awards to Navy, Coast Guard and Marine personnel, as well as NROTC and JROTC units in eastern Massachusetts, sponsor nine Sea and League Cadet units, sponsor a Maritime Symposium for college students, raise funds for the Marine Toys for Tots program, and much more.

We sponsored commissioning of USCGC JAMES (WMSL 754) in August 2015, USS SAMPSON (DDG 102) in 2007 and we sponsored commissioning of USS PREBLE (DDG 88) in Boston in 2002; and previously, USS RAMAGE, USS BUNKER HILL and USS SAMUEL ELIOT MORISON; as well as assisting the Coast Guard with several commissionings. We also promulgate a Directory of Sea Service Commands and Related Organizations each year, a much used information source.

COMING EVENTS:  The 37th annual Marine Toys for Tots Brunch will be held on Sunday, 13 December.  Details and invitation are attached here. Volunteers needed to obtain drawing items, help setting up, in the kitchen, etc.  Contact: Eleanor Samuels at 617-969-6656 or

For 2013, our newsletter, THE BOSUN’S PIPE, received the Outstanding Mackie Award for large councils. For 2012, the council received an Honorable Mention for its activities and support of the Sea Services; and in 2011 this website won 1st place Mackie Award for Large Councils, and our newsletter and THE BOSUN'S PIPE was Runner Up for the Mackie Award for newsletters.

RECENT EVENTS: The Navy Birthday and Annual Meeting Luncheon was held on 17 October. Guest speaker was CAPT Richard LaBranche, USN, Chairman Joint Military Operations and Director Maritime Advanced Warfighting School.U.S. Naval War College.  The Annual Meeting and  Election of Officers was also conducted. See OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS page.

Our Council assisted the Coast Guard by sponsoring  commissioning the newest National Security Cutter USCGC JAMES (WMSL 754) in Boston on 8 August 2015. The Committee Chairman was Reid Oslin. Members were invited to tour the ship earlier in the week.   At the Navy League Convention in Tampa last June, our own Eleanor Samuels was elected a National Vice President of the Navy League. She is responsible for new efforts to increase NL membership. Armed Forces Day Luncheon on May 9, 2015. The Speaker was CDR B. E. Vandiver, C.O., Navy Operational Support Center, Quincy, who spoke about the Navy Reserve history through current use by call-ups and in their Reserve units. On 14 March 2015, we toured the USS Arlington (LPD 24), one of the Navy's newest ships. Our Annual Please Don’t Come Luncheon which benefits the council’s Youth programs is in full swing.  If you haven’t yet sent your contribution, please do so now. The 38th Annual Toys for Tots Holiday Brunch was held on Sunday, 7 December 2014 in the Commandant's House, Boston Navy Yard.  For the first time, it was combined with the Veterans’ Pearl Harbor Day remembrance and laying of a wreath in Boston Harbor.  A $2,500 check plus about $500 worth of games and toys was donated to Toys for Tots.  The 36th Annual Sea Services Ball was held on Saturday, 6 December 2014. 

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