Shipwreck Archaeology at Little Misery Island

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Jul 22 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

10 Blaney Street
Salem, MA


Salem Ferry Dock
10 Blaney Street
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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(978) 740-0444
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Journey upon Essex Heritage’s landing craft Naumkeag to a real steamship wreck off Little Misery Island in Salem Sound. In 1923, the steamship, City of Rockland, wrecked in the Kennebec River in Maine. The following year, the ship was brought to Little Misery Island in Salem Sound and its remains were set afire, where is still sits today. Shipwreck Archaeology is a hands-on opportunity to examine the wreck of the City of Rockland at low tide and learn more about what secrets it may be hiding. Don’t miss this rare chance to interact with history in our own backyard!

Victor Mastone has over 40 years of experience in researching and managing terrestrial and submerged prehistoric, historic, industrial, battlefield, and maritime cultural resources. He serves as a Senior Tutor for the NAS certificate program for the New England region administered through Bridgewater State University. Since 2015, he has been a Visiting Instructor at Salem State University where he co-teaches a maritime archaeology field school for undergraduate credit and NAS level 1 certification. Vic is the retired State Underwater Archaeologist of the Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources. Vic joined the Board in 1987 as its first staff archaeologist and was chief steward of all submerged cultural resources located within the coastal and inland waters of Massachusetts, including over 3,500 shipwrecks. He also served as Assistant Secretary for Administration and Finance for Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (concurrent with above from 2000-2004). He received his B.A. in History and Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and his M.A. in Anthropology and M.B.A. in Arts Administration from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Note: YOU WILL GET WET! This immersive experience requires standing in ankle/knee deep water. Bring waders or clothes/shoes that you do not mind getting wet.

Not recommended for children.

Boat Departure Location: Naumkeag departs from the Salem Ferry dock at 10 Blaney Street, Salem MA 01970.

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How much does this cost?

  • $35
  • Essex Heritage Members receive a 20% discount! (A discount code will be provided on membership confirmation letter.)