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Salem in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Wharves in the Late 1800s

Salem Maritime National Historical Site

 

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
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By Don Morfe, October 2, 2010
1. Wharves in the Late 1800s Marker
Inscription.  Not until the later 1800s did we have photographs of sailing vessels berthed along wharves here, but by then we had declined as a world port. The shallow harbor could not accommodate the clipper ships and larger vessels that dominated the seas after 1850. Much of Salem’s trade went to New York and Boston where the harbors were deeper and wider.

After 1870 Salem’s ships no longer brought exotic goods from the Orient. Instead they plied coastal waters, hauling lumber from Maine and coal from Pennsylvania. As Salem turned from commerce to manufacturing, its ships imported cotton and hides to be exported as textiles and shoes.

From this viewpoint you can see what remains of three historic wharves-Derby Wharf on your left, Central Wharf on your right, and Hatch’s Wharf where you are standing. The wharves are built of timber and stone with earth fill.

(Photo of Derby Wharf) Derby Wharf about 1890 as it looked from near this point. The ship Mindora is docked in the foreground. Warehouses once lined the wharf, but none remain today. The wharves have been modified and repaired many times.
 
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By Don Morfe, October 2, 2010
2. Wharves in the Late 1800s Marker
lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 42° 31.26′ N, 70° 53.232′ W. Marker is in Salem, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker is on Derby Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salem MA 01970, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Central Wharf (within shouting distance of this marker); Salem Maritime National Historic Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Derby Wharf (within shouting distance of this marker); The Custom House (within shouting distance of this marker); Home for Aged Women (within shouting distance of this marker); The Pedrick Store House (within shouting distance of this marker); Privateer Warehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Derby House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salem.
 
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By Don Morfe, October 2, 2010
3. Wharves in the Late 1800s Marker
The ships name is Friendship of Salem
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By Don Morfe, October 2, 2010
4. Wharves in the Late 1800s Marker
The Darby Wharf Lighthouse as seen on the tip of Darby's Wharf
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 11, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 339 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 11, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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