BATH — Maine Maritime Museum honored Maine boatbuilders with the 12th annual Mariners Award on Aug. 24. The award was presented to industry association Maine Built Boats on behalf of all of the state’s boatbuilders. Jon Johansen, president of Maine Built Boats, accepted the award.

The award is given to an individual or organization that has made extraordinary contributions to Maine’s maritime heritage and significantly impacted the state’s culture and economy. Founded in 2005, Maine Built Boats is a nonprofit trade group whose purpose is to establish Maine boatbuilding as a recognized brand regionally, nationally, and worldwide, and to strengthen ties within the state’s diverse community of shipwrights and between them and the industries on whose products they rely to build the best boats art and science can devise.

Around 150 guests, including community members, museum supporters, and boatbuilders, attended the celebration.

Proceeds from ticket sales and live and silent auctions will support the museum’s traditional skills programs, including the Discovery Boatbuilding program, which teaches wooden boatbuilding to students from local public schools.

Previous Mariners Award recipients include Eimskip USA, William Haggett, the National Maritime Historical Society, and the employees of Bath Iron Works.