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By James R. Murray
Crossing the Bar Memorial Marker
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Bourne — Crossing the Bar MemorialPart of the Merchant Marine Memorial at Massachusetts Maritime Academy
This plaque is dedicated to the officers and crew members of the S/S Marine Electric who lost their lives in the line of duty on 12 February 1983.

By Marine Transport Lines, Inc. M.E.B.A District 81 National Maritime Union Masters, Mates and . . . — Map (db m85581) HM

Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Bourne — Merchant Marine Memorial
Merchant Marine Memorial — Map (db m85583) WM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Bourne — SS Blackpoint MemorialPart of the Merchant Marine Memorial at Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Dedicated to the U.S.N. Armed Guard, and Merchant Seaman of W.W. II who served on ships, carrying the world to victory. In memory of The SS Blackpoint and crew, the last ship sunk in the Atlantic Theatre of War on May 5, 1945 by enemy action. She . . . — Map (db m85573) WM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Bourne — SS Pan Oceanic Faith MemorialPart of the Merchant Marine Memorial at Massachusetts Maritime Academy
This bell is dedicated to the memory of those who were lost at sea when the SS Pan Oceanic Faith went down in the North Pacific on 9 October 1967. John P. Dunphy ’65 • John M. Ward ’65 • John R. McPhee ’67 • Joseph P. Nowd ’67 • James Bechtold ’67 . . . — Map (db m85577) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Buzzards Bay — August BelmontFebruary 18, 1853 - December 10, 1924
In Memory of August Belmont February 18, 1853 - December 10, 1924 Whose vision, initiative, an indomitable courage made possible the first complete construction of The Cape Cod Canal Connecting Buzzards Bay and Cape Cod Bay which was . . . — Map (db m57668) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Buzzards Bay — Cape Cod Canal
Chief of Engineers Award of Excellence US Army Corps of Engineers Cape Cod Canal For exceptional project managemental achievements, and the enhancement of public perception of the corps objectives. — Map (db m57672) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Buzzards Bay — Still on Patrol
(Front of Marker) In memory of all U.S. Submarines that are still on patrol.

U.S.S. Trout State Boat of Massachusetts lost in action February 29th 1944

(Rear Marker) U.S. Navy Submarines paid heavily for their success in . . . — Map (db m57398) HM

Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Buzzards Bay — William Barclay Parsons
William Barclay Parsons, Hon.M.ASCE Chief Engineer, Cape Cod Canal, 1906-1914 The original construction of the Cape Cod Canal demonstrated the feasibility of constructing and operating a sea -level canal without locks. — Map (db m57670) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Chatham — History of Chatham Lighthouse
The waters off Chatham are notoriously dangerous because of the treacherous shoals and currents. The need for lights to warn mariners was recognized in early days of the country, and in 1806, nine years after the erection of the first lighthouse on . . . — Map (db m63403) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Chatham — The Rescue of the Pendleton
One of the most spectacular small boat rescues on the east coast of the United States occurred on February 18, 1952. The tanker Pendleton broke in half off the coast of Chatham during a fierce Nor' caster storm. In blinding rain and sixty foot seas, . . . — Map (db m63406) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Eastham — Journey of the Mayflower
After 66 days spent in the cramped confines of a small ship pitching and rolling its way from England across the stormy North Atlantic, the Mayflower’s passengers gave thanks. It was the morning of November 9,1620 and they had spotted land - the . . . — Map (db m141189) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Eastham — Nauset Beach Light Stationa Shifting Landmark
In 1836, in response to numerous shipwrecks in the area, 21 residents of Eastham petitioned the Boston Marine Society for a lighthouse. The first Nauset Beach Light Station was built more than 500 feet east of this spot. Because of constant beach . . . — Map (db m141506) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Eastham — The Life Savers
In the days before electronic navigational aids, the waters off Cape Cod with their hidden shoals held many dangers for passing ships, especially at night or during thick weather. In 1872 the U.S. Life-Saving Service established nine stations on . . . — Map (db m141194) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Eastham — There’s No Place Like Home
Edward Penniman’s career as a man of the sea began at age 11. At 21, he was harpooning with the New Bedford, Massachusetts whaling fleet. By the time he was 29, he was master of his own whaling ship. Captain Penniman’s seven whaling voyages spanned . . . — Map (db m111660) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Eastham — Workboat of the Marshes
A remnant from Cape Cod's agriculture past, this 1850-era hay barge was a common sight among the working dories, skiffs, and catboats of the area. Wide and flat-bottomed, it was rowed, poled, and sailed throughout the shallow marshes. Salt marsh hay . . . — Map (db m63407) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Hyannis — 6 — National SeashoreHyannis Kennedy Legacy Trail
President John F. Kennedy loved Cape Cod and its unique natural environment. In 1961, he signed legislation establishing an American treasure, the Cape Cod National Seashore, protecting the fragile coastline from Chatham to Provincetown. The . . . — Map (db m144005) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), North Truro — The Steamship Portland
On November 27, 1898 The Steamer Portland With 176 persons aboard Sank with No Survivors About Seven Miles Out To Sea From This Station At Cape Cod Light _____ ___ _______ This Memorial Dedicated November 27, 1948 By . . . — Map (db m141449) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — Keeping the Light for 114 YearsNauset Lighthouse
”All the towers leaking bad. Everything all wet and in poor order Log entry by Keeper Nathan Gill, 1874 Taking care of a lighthouse was demanding. The keeper was tasked with keeping the lights burning no . . . — Map (db m141388) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — Nauset Beach
Historical Marker Nauset Beach   Scene of Cape Cod’s first shipwreck, Ketch Sparrowhawk, near Pochet - Dec. 17, 1626. Offshore, German submarine attack July 21, 1918. Shelled tug, sank 4 barges. Shells overshot beach and . . . — Map (db m141352) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — Pushed Back by the Sea
Both the lighthouse standing here and the cliff in front of you have had to give away to the power of the Atlantic Ocean.

The first lighthouses built here in 1838 were placed over 600 feet east of where you are standing now. As ocean waves ate . . . — Map (db m63398)

Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — The Nauset LightsCape Cod National Seashore
In 1838 the United States Government took action to reduce the number of shipwrecks along this dangerous coast by establishing the Nauset Light. To make the signal easily recognizable three separate lanterns were set on small brick towers about . . . — Map (db m63396)
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — The Schooner Montclair
: Helm from the Schooner Montclair Wrecked on Pochy Bar March 4, 1927 — Map (db m141641) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — The Whale of Orleans
Whales and humans have long shared the coastline of Cape Cod. Native Americans harvested whales the washed up on the beaches, almost exclusively for food, long before the arrival of European colonists. While anchored in what would become . . . — Map (db m141867) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Orleans — Three Sisters Lit the Way
These three lighthouses were part of the Nauset Beach Light Station, which originally stood a quarter mile away, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Nicknamed the Three Sisters, this trio of lights provided a landmark for sailors making their way along . . . — Map (db m63400)
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Provincetown — H.M.S. Somerset
Of all the enemy ships that haunted Provincetown Harbor during the Revolutionary War, perhaps the most fearsome was the huge British man-of-war H.M.S. Somerset. With her 64 mounted guns and crew of 400, she symbolized British tyranny where-ever she . . . — Map (db m111670) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Provincetown — Rose Dorothea
This Stone Commemorates the Victory of the Schooner “Rose Dorothea” Captained by Marion Perry and Crew, at the Old Home Week Celebration in Boston 1907. This Cup Given by Sir Thomas Lipton for the Winner of this Race can be Seen in . . . — Map (db m141932) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Sandwich — Changes Through Time
The name Sagamore is defined as "Chief" of an Indian tribe. It was on Sagamore Hill that chiefs of the Wampanoag and Manomet Indians would hold tribal meetings. As you look out toward Cape Cod Bay, the land before you has undergone many changes . . . — Map (db m57397) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Truro — Truro Highlands Historic District
I have a room all to myself it is Nature. Henry David Thoreau The land comprising the Truro Highlands District included an early 1700s farm owned by the Small family, with a windmill for grinding grain. . . . — Map (db m141541) HM
Massachusetts (Barnstable County), Woods Hole — Nobska LighthouseLatitude 41 30' 54" N Longtitude 70 39' 20"
Since 1828 Nobska Light has provided a familiar beacon for "all who go down to the sea in ships". 87 feet above sea level, Nobska's flash every six seconds is visible 17 miles out to sea. This 28,000 candlepower light used a 1000-watt lamp magnified . . . — Map (db m120715) HM
Massachusetts (Berkshire County), Pittsfield — ArrowheadHome of Herman Melville
Arrowhead For thirteen years (1850-1863) the home of Herman Melville 1819 — 1891 Mariner and Mystic Author of Moby Dick (written in Pittsfield) and other tales of the sea. “Moby Dick is among the . . . — Map (db m32337) HM
Massachusetts (Bristol County), Fairhaven — William Bradford
William Bradford Marine Artist 1823-1892 Built his first studio in 1851 on this site. The Fairhaven native achieved international fame as a lecturer and an Arctic painter. Queen Victoria commissioned Bradford . . . — Map (db m86796) HM
Massachusetts (Bristol County), Fall River — Prince Henry the Navigator of Portugal1394 – 1460
His explorations and scientific accomplishments dispelled the legend of the tenebrous sea, beaconed the ocean route to India and opened the gateway of the Atlantic to the American continent. • This monument in his honor marks the eighth centennial . . . — Map (db m1617) HM
Massachusetts (Bristol County), Fall River — USS Massachusetts Propeller
This 38,030 pound manganese-bronze propeller was manufactured at Philadelphia Navy Yard and was removed from Battleship Massachusetts during her 1998-1999 drydocking. It is one of four. When turning at 185 revolutions per minute, they propelled the . . . — Map (db m33075) HM
Massachusetts (Bristol County), New Bedford — Ernestina's Many Lives
Docked across from you (when not at sea as a sail training and education vessel), Ernestina is one of the oldest wooden sailing vessels afloat. The ship is also one of the last surviving Gloucester fishing schooners, one of only two remaining . . . — Map (db m86768) HM
Massachusetts (Bristol County), New Bedford — Cape Verde to New Bedford
For many Cape Verde Islanders, the New bedford wharf area was the first view of America. At the height of immegration between 1900 and 1921, more than a dozen packet boats ran between Cape Verde and New Bedford, the main port of entry. Packet . . . — Map (db m86766) HM
Massachusetts (Bristol County), New Bedford — Colonel George Claghorn
Text on the Bronze Plaque Near this Site was located the shipyard of Colonel George Claghorn Builder of U.S. Frigate Constitution and Ship Rebecca the first whaler to double Cape Horn. His service in the . . . — Map (db m86782) HM
Massachusetts (Bristol County), New Bedford — From Whales to Bales
A one-industry whaling town before the Civil War, New Bedford became a one-industry textile town afterward. Cotton bales and coal, both bound for the city's new textile mills, began to replace oil casks on New Bedford wharves. Oil casks . . . — Map (db m86731) HM
Massachusetts (Bristol County), New Bedford — From Whales to Flatfish and Scallops
The boats you see in the harbor today are mostly commercial fishing vessels - primarily draggers and scallopers; the whaling barks of the past have long since vanished. By the 1930s, just as whaling faded and the textile industry fled to the . . . — Map (db m86680) HM
Massachusetts (Bristol County), New Bedford — Lewis TempleBlacksmith — Inventor of the Iron Toggle Harpoon Tip —
Born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1800, Lewis Temple established himself as a blacksmith on the New Bedford waterfront by 1836. Temple manufactured his first toggle-iron in 1848. Its fastening power revolutionized the catching of whales. The . . . — Map (db m1616) HM
Massachusetts (Bristol County), New Bedford — Merrill's Wharf
On the other side of the Bourne Counting House, the granite building in front of you, is Merrill's Wharf, completed in 1847. The wharf then was the longest in New Bedford port. Built by Edward Merrill for an expanding whaling fleet, this wharf . . . — Map (db m86733) HM
Massachusetts (Bristol County), New Bedford — Preserving Whaling's LegacyThe New Bedford Whaling Museum
In 1915, in the waning light of whaling's final decade, Emily Howland Bourne financed the construction of a museum building to honor her whaling merchant father, Jonathan Bourne, Jr. This marked the first steadfast effort to preserve New . . . — Map (db m86657) HM
Massachusetts (Bristol County), New Bedford — Seamen’s Bethel
(Marker on the left side of the door) “In the same New Bedford there stands a whaleman’s chapel and few are the moody fisherman, shortly bound for the Indian or Pacific Oceans who failed to make a Sunday visit to this spot.” Moby . . . — Map (db m95382) HM
Massachusetts (Bristol County), New Bedford — The Dartmouth
Near this spot in 1767 the first ship built in New Bedford was launched. The Dartmouth Francis Rotch, Owner She was one of the vessels boarded by the Boston Tea Party in 1773 — Map (db m58183) HM
Massachusetts (Bristol County), New Bedford — The Mariner's Home
Home Away from the Sea Whaling men spent much of their lives at sea. The ship was their home. Back in port, most of the poor, unskilled sailors knew no one in New Bedford and were essentially homeless until the next voyage.

In 1850 the . . . — Map (db m58197) HM

Massachusetts (Bristol County), New Bedford — The Seamen's Bethel
Saving Mariners' Souls After months at sea, many whaling men were unable to resist the temptations of this port city. In 1832, the New Bedford Port Society for the Moral Improvement of Seamen opened this mariners' chapel "to protect the rights . . . — Map (db m58199) HM
Massachusetts (Bristol County), New Bedford — Twentieth-Century WhalingNew Bedford Whaling National Historic Park — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Twentieth-Century Whaling-As New Bedford’s whaling industry declined in the 19th century, more than a dozen other nations began hunting whales using “modern” Norwegian methods, with fast, steam-powered vessels and heavy-gauge harpoon . . . — Map (db m62387) HM
Massachusetts (Bristol County), New Bedford — Viking
On this toro rests a capstan from the American clipper ship Viking which was wrecked on this island on June 4,1863. Being bound for San Francisco, U.S.A. from Hong Kong, China. Through the intervention of the local authorities and hospitality of the . . . — Map (db m58179) HM
Massachusetts (Bristol County), New Bedford — Whaling CapitalNew Bedford Whaling National Historic Park — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Whaling Capital-In 1857, ninety-five ships and barks left these wharves on whaling voyages. In that year the industry reached its peak, and half of the worldwide whaling was conducted from the New Bedford customs district. Before petroleum was . . . — Map (db m62411) HM
Massachusetts (Bristol County), New Bedford — Whaling's Final Days
During the war, we were getting a dollar and a half a gallon for sperm oil. And then around 1922 there was no more demand for sperm oil....The price of sending a ship to sea doubled and the price of oil dropped about 200 percent....And . . . — Map (db m86759) HM
Massachusetts (Bristol County), New Bedford — Working WaterfrontNew Bedford Whaling National Historic Park — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Working Waterfront-Standing here during the heyday of whaling you would have seen and heard the bustling of a whaling port preparing for sea: ship carpenters building vessels from great white oak timbers, and caulkers hammering oakum---hemp mixed . . . — Map (db m62410) HM
Massachusetts (Bristol County), Rehoboth — Bad Luck Pond
The name "Bad Luck" (origin unknown) has been associated with this area since the early 1700's. The Beverly and Kelton families operated a water powered saw mill for many years on the North side of the pond beginning in the 18th century.

Bad . . . — Map (db m56246) HM

Massachusetts (Bristol County), Swansea — Miles (Myles) Bridge
Miles (Myles) Bridge -1997- The first known bridge at this crossing of the Palmer River ca. 1736 — Map (db m56244) HM
Massachusetts (Bristol County), Swansea — Site of Jonathan Barney - Mason Barney Shipyard1782-1861
Here were built about 200 ships from small sloops to vessels of 1060 tons which sailed from the Atlantic coast to the China seas. Dedicated to their memory by Algernon H Bell • Carolyn Bell Fenley • Constance Bell Falconer — Map (db m56214) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Beverly — Hospital Point LighthouseEstablished 1872
Hospital Point Light was constructed and first lighted in 1872 to help guide vessels into Salem and Beverly Harbors. The original two-story keeper's house and oil house are still being used. The name Hospital Point stems from a smallpox . . . — Map (db m21429) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Essex — Shipbuilders Memorial
Dedicated to the those men of Chebacco and Essex who by the skill of mind and hand within sight of this spot created nearly 4000 wooden vessels 1650-1982 — Map (db m97208) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Gloucester — Blynman Bridge
Blynman Bridge 1907 In Honor Of Richard Blynman First Minister and Leading Citizen Of Gloucester Who in 1643 Dug This Canal Uniting River and Bay G.H.S. — Map (db m36363) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Gloucester — Captain Alfred (Centennial) Johnson
The first man to sail single handed from west to east across the Atlantic Ocean. A typical Banks dory decked over, christened Centennial to commemorate the first centennial of the founding of the United States, 1776 . . . — Map (db m115475) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Gloucester — Captain Howard Blackburn
Citizen of Gloucester, crossed the Atlantic twice, alone, without any fingers or toes and part of one foot missing, all frozen in an accident at sea. On June 18, 1899, sailed from Gloucester, Mass. To Gloucester, England, on . . . — Map (db m115478) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Gloucester — 17 — Charles Heberle
Charles Heberle (1862-1956) was sent at age 13 from Virginia to Essex, where for three years he was indentured to the Essex Tannery. Once free, he worked nearby for a dairy farmer, Caleb Cogswell. Soon, Heberle chose waterfront over farm and . . . — Map (db m115439) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Gloucester — Coast Guard Aviation Monument
In Honor of the Men Who Established Coast Guard Aviation In May of 1925 On Ten Pound Island in Gloucester Harbor Home of the First Continuously Operating Coast Guard Air Station Growth in Operations and Aircraft Size Forced a Move To Salem . . . — Map (db m36437) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Gloucester — Eastern Point Lighthouse Fog Bell1933 - 1969
This bell was used as the fog signal at Eastern Point Light House from June 1933 to Dec 1969 Cast in Chelsea, MA. gold dust was sprinkled in the mold in order to obtain the right tone. — Map (db m115484) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Gloucester — In Honor of Nathaniel Haraden
. . . — Map (db m36318) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Gloucester — 6 — Salting Fish
“In Its heyday as a salt fish producer; Gorton's… kept dozens of wharves and acres of flake yards busy with the unloading, filleting, salting, drying, boning, cutting, grinding, smoking, boxing, packaging, and canning of the millions upon . . . — Map (db m115459) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Gloucester — Solomon Jacobs Landing & Park
"King of the Mackerel Killers" Solomon Jacobs Landing & Park were named for Captain Solomon Jacobs, who fished in the early 1900s. A native of Newfoundland, he was known as the "King of the Mackerel Killers" for his ability to land huge . . . — Map (db m115472) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Gloucester — Ten Pound Island Lighthouse
Ten Pound Island Lighthouse Before you stretches Ten Pound Island. In 1821 a lighthouse was built on the island to safely direct sailing ships into Gloucester Harbor. Some of America's greatest works of art were painted by Winslow Homer while . . . — Map (db m36436) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Ipswich — Brig Falconer Memorial
The Brig Falconer was wrecked on Ipswich Beach December 17, 1847. Seventeen of the passengers and crew were lost. Twelve lie buried here in one common grave.

Thomas Shaw, and his wife • Julia Laskin • Margaret Hennesy • Howard Fling • Peter . . . — Map (db m107994) HM

Massachusetts (Essex County), Marblehead — Fort Sewall
Fort Sewall Marblehead Massachusetts Marblehead, founded in 1629, has always been a famous seaport – for fishing, foreign trade, boat building, sail making and yachting. Local sailors have been champions in world competitions, the America's . . . — Map (db m36608) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Marblehead — Huzzah! for "Old Ironsides"
Huzzah! For "Old Ironsides" Marblehead citizens have embraced USS Constitution on three historic visits: 3 April 1814 when beneath the guns of Fort Sewall she found refuge from an overwhelming British force 29-31 July 1931 when under . . . — Map (db m36606) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Marblehead — Marblehead LightLatitude 42 Degrees 30' 20" N Longitude 70 Degrees 50' 03" W
[Top Marker] In July of 1789, Representative Elbridge Gerry, native of Marblehead, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and Vice President of the United States under President James Madison, filed H.R. Bill 12 in Congress, . . . — Map (db m21453) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Newburyport — Approach to Carr's Ferry1630 - 1930
First ferry across the Merrimack river from Newbury to Salisbury, established about 1639, and the only route from Boston to the eastern frontier. In 1641 George Carr was appointed ferryman with rights which continued in his family for generations. — Map (db m47972) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Newburyport — Bombshell
Brought from the siege of Louisburg by Nathaniel Knapp Jr. 1759 preserved by his son Isaac Knapp as a memorial to his father and also to his brother Jacob Knapp who served at Bunker Hill and was a member of the . . . — Map (db m115543) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Newburyport — The Large Packet Ship Dreadnought
“She’s the Liverpool Packet- O Lord, let her go!” The Dreadnought, in her ten years running in the Atlantic Packet Service, made for herself such a name that she is still remembered: “The wild boat of the Atlantic ,” As . . . — Map (db m85299) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Rockport — Town Wharves
Town Wharves First timber wharf built in 1743 to shelter fishing boats. In 1793 62 vessels of 5 to 10 tons were sighted in Rockport Harbor. From incorporation of Sandy Bay Pier Co. in 1811 wharves were rebuilt and extended of durable granite blocks . . . — Map (db m36262) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Capt. John Hodges House - 1750
This house was built in 1750 by Capt. John Hodges, a West Indies trader. In 1788, it passed to his son, Capt. Benjamin Hodges. Benjamin Hodges (1754 – 1806) was one of Salem’s most distinguished sea captains of the . . . — Map (db m115326) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Central WharfSalem Maritime National Historical Site — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
The grassy strip of land extending into the harbor in front of you was once a busy commercial wharf. In the late 1700’s and early 1800s, trade goods from around the world were loaded, unloaded and stored here. Build in 1784, Central Wharf was . . . — Map (db m86467) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Derby Wharf
The wharf in front of you was Salem’s longest, and was once one of the busiest in the nation. The first 800 feet of the wharf was begun in 1762 and completed about 1770 by Capt. Richard Derby, Sr. (1712-1783), one of the wealthiest merchants in . . . — Map (db m86545) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Salem Harbor
If Salem was once a prosperous world seaport, it was not due to the geography of the harbor, but to the enterprise of her mariners, tradesmen, and merchants. Unlike other major ports such as New York, Salem Harbor had no major river to link it . . . — Map (db m86540) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Salem Harbor
If Salem was once a prosperous world seaport, it was not due to the geography of the harbor, but to the enterprise of her seamen, tradesmen, and merchants. Unlike other major ports such as New York, Salem Harbor had no major river to link it . . . — Map (db m86541) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Salem Maritime National Historic SiteNational Park Service-U.S.Department of the Interior
Salem Maritime National Historic Site-Welcome to Salem Maritime National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park System. Since 1938, this park has preserved the wharves and historic buildings associated with Salem’s prosperous years of overseas . . . — Map (db m86463) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — The Custom House
Inside this impressive building were the offices of the United States Customs Service collectors, inspectors, and other officials. It was here that ship’s captains and owners paid duties on imported goods and conducted other business. Before . . . — Map (db m86927) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Wharves in the Early 1800s
If you visited Salem’s waterfront in the late 1700s or early 1800s you would have been impressed not only by the ships and their exotic cargo, but also by the variety of artisans and craftsmen who worked on the wharf. Sail makers, riggers, rope . . . — Map (db m86536) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Salem — Wharves in the Late 1800sSalem Maritime National Historical Site — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
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 . . . — Map (db m62541) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Swampscott — Swampscott Mariners Memorial
In Memory Of The Men Of Swampscott Who Lost Their Lives At Sea This Anchor Believed To Be From The Bark "Tedesco" Wrecked January 18, 1857 And Found Off Swampscott August, 1968 By Mark Cheevers • William Clarke • Mark O'Grady • Kevin . . . — Map (db m36697) HM
Massachusetts (Hampden County), Chicopee — Cabotville Canal
For 150 years this cluster of red brick mill buildings on the Chicopee River served as the community's industrial anchor. The complex was conceived, designed and built by America's first generation of venture capitalists, the legendary Boston . . . — Map (db m56051) HM
Massachusetts (Middlesex County), Chelmsford — Oldest Toll House
Middlesex Canal Toll House 1832 Oldest Canal Toll House in America. — Map (db m31197) HM
Massachusetts (Middlesex County), East Lexington — Charles Follen
Born in Hesse-Darmstadt September 4, 1796 A fearless advocate of Liberty and Justice. Exiled for conscience sake, he sought in America the freedom denied him in the Old World. Distinguished for rich and varied learning, for uncompromising devotion . . . — Map (db m19194) HM
Massachusetts (Middlesex County), Lexington — Lexington Ship Memorial
Dedicated to the memory of those who served aboard a ship named Lexington ----------------- April 18, 1988 ----------------- The Lexington Lions Club U.S.S. Lexington CV-16 Association 1st Lexington 16 Gun Brigantine Originally the merchantman . . . — Map (db m18634) HM
Massachusetts (Middlesex County), Lowell — "Francis’ Folly"
Engineer James B. Francis knew that the city of Lowell needed protection from floods. He studied the Merrimack River and understood the dangers of flooding introduced by the canals flowing through the city. The Guard Locks controlled the normal flow . . . — Map (db m48418) HM
Massachusetts (Middlesex County), Lowell — Evolution of a Millyard

The Boott Cotton Mills complex is one of the finest examples of mill architecture in the United States. The mill complex you see today resulted from many decades of expansion and adaption.

[Top left diagram] 1830s Four mill buildings . . . — Map (db m117856) HM

Massachusetts (Middlesex County), Lowell — Harnessing Waterpower

Boott Dam Beneath the gatehouse to your left is a dam that controls the level of water in the Eastern canal. When the water is high, the excess spills into the Merrimack Wasteway and returns to the Merrimack River.

Booth . . . — Map (db m117815) HM

Massachusetts (Middlesex County), Lowell — Keepers of the Gate
The productivity of thousands of millworkers depended on the skill of gatekeepers like those who worked here at Tremont Gatehouse. By opening and closing sluice gates inside the small brick structure, the gatekeeper controlled the flow of water and . . . — Map (db m66210) HM
Massachusetts (Middlesex County), Lowell — Suffolk Mill

The original Suffolk Mill buildings, constructed in 1831, were razed and rebuilt during the idle business years of the Civil War. Only the 1831 counting house survives. The company merged with the Tremont Mills across Suffolk Street in 1871, . . . — Map (db m117840) HM

Massachusetts (Middlesex County), Lowell — The Great Gate
“It is awful to think of what would have been the inevitable result if the new works had not been constructed . . . A mighty and uncontrollable river would have swept through the heart of Lowell, destroying everything in its course.” . . . — Map (db m42037) HM
Massachusetts (Middlesex County), Lowell — The Worker
In 1821 Hugh Commisky led a band of laborers on a trek from Charlestown to Lowell. With muscle and sweat they dredged canals in the soil of rugged farmland. As others joined in their toil a complex waterpower system evolved, creating a new era of . . . — Map (db m1620) HM
Massachusetts (Middlesex County), Woburn — Old Middlesex Canal
Old Middlesex Canal Horn Pond Locks Along what is now Arlington Road were formerly located three sets of double locks on the Old Middlesex Canal. These sets of 80 foot by 11 foot chambers effected a rise of fifty feet for the . . . — Map (db m133905) HM
Massachusetts (Nantucket County), Wauwinet — Great Point Light
Rededicated September 6, 1986 This is a restoration of Historic Great Point Light destroyed by a raging storm on March 29, 1984. It was situated 800 feet east of this site. The rubblestone tower, lantern house, entry shelter and spiral staircase . . . — Map (db m3814) HM
Massachusetts (Norfolk County), Dedham — Dedham Boat Club
Founded April 25, 1874 "For promoting the boating interests of the town" Incorporated October 29th 1874 First boathouse built on Ames Street site in 1875. Destroyed by lightning in July 1882. Second boathouse built on this site in . . . — Map (db m56100) HM
Massachusetts (Norfolk County), Quincy — Three Adams Brothers

In memory of Three Brothers who lived and died in the service of their Country. Sons of Thomas Boylston and Ann Harrod Adams ———————————— Thomas . . . — Map (db m119177) HM WM

Massachusetts (Plymouth County), Duxbury — Ezra Weston
1764-1857 Ezra Weston “King Caesar” and descendants Homestead ropewalk & wharf 1840 Largest ship owners in America — Map (db m147477) HM
Massachusetts (Plymouth County), Hingham — Reverend Peter Hobart
In grateful memory of Reverend Peter Hobart and that company of English men and women who founded the town of Hingham, landing near this spot in September, 1635 — Map (db m2851) HM
Massachusetts (Plymouth County), Hull — Lt. William Haswell House(c.1767 - 1775) — British Naval Officer —

Built on the site of the Old Hunt Estate —————————— Susanna Haswell Rowson (daughter) Early Womens' Rights Advocate, Actress, Poet Educator, Novelist, Author of . . . — Map (db m118047) HM

Massachusetts (Plymouth County), Hull — Strangers Corner

Interred herein are approximately 100 men, women and children known only to God.

Victims of shipwrecks on our shores, nearby islands or shoals, from 1860 to 1898.

Erected in their memory — Map (db m118049) HM

Massachusetts (Plymouth County), Kingston — The Brig Independence
In the year 1776. The Brig Independence Set sail from Kingston's Jones River to protect the ships and coastline of Massachusetts. — Map (db m85499) HM
Massachusetts (Plymouth County), Mattapoisett — Commemorating Mattapoisett's Shipbuilders
Text on the marker's plaque From the year 1752 to 1876, at least six shipyards flourished along this waterfront from the foot of Pearl Street to Ship Street (Cannonville). The fine harbor, an abundant supply of virgin timber and a . . . — Map (db m85630) HM
Massachusetts (Plymouth County), Mattapoisett — Mattapoisett WharvesHistorically Speaking ...
1752 Professional shipbuilding began. Originally, the builders used the abundant timber found in the area woods. Boats were built and launched on the Mattapoisett River. However, most of the larger ships were constructed at the . . . — Map (db m88214) HM
Massachusetts (Plymouth County), Scituate — “Don’t Give Up The Ship”
If you had looked out to sea from this point on June 1, 1813 you would have seen the ship-to-ship battle between USS Chesapeake and HMS Shannon where Captain James Lawrence spoke his famous last words “Don’t Give Up The . . . — Map (db m95609) HM WM
Massachusetts (Plymouth County), Scituate — Satuit Brook1630 - 1930
From which the town derived its name. The Indian word first written Satuit or Seteat, meaning cold brook, was changed in 1640 to Scituate. — Map (db m42628) HM
Massachusetts (Plymouth County), Scituate — The Italian Freighter Etrusco
The Italian freighter Etrusco, a 7000 ton liberty ship, grounded here March 16, 1956, in a northeast blizzard. All hands safe. Refloated November 22, 1956. Placed by the Cedar Point Association on the 30th anniversary of grounding and the . . . — Map (db m23486) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Boston — "Old Ironsides" in Dry Dock 1Boston Nat’l Hist Pk — Charlestown Navy Yard —
USS Constitution first entered Dry Dock 1 in 1833. Though she was the first ship to test the new dry dock system, the tough oak hull of “Old Ironsides” had already seen several repairs. To rebuild the ship, woodworkers selected . . . — Map (db m71539) HM WM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Boston — Colonial Craftsmen
Until a few decades before the American Revolution, Boston was the largest port in the British colonies. It thrived on maritime trade, shipbuilding, and the work of hundreds of craftspeople. While the tombs of the rich merchants and politicians ring . . . — Map (db m18795) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Boston — Commodore John Barry“Father of the American Navy”
Born in Wexford Ireland 1745 Died in Philadelphia 1803 Received first commission from the Continental Congress to command the Lexington 1775 Sailed from Boston on the Raleigh 1778 Acclaimed in Boston in 1780 for victories on the Alliance Appointed . . . — Map (db m41561) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Boston — Dry Dock 1Boston Nat’l Hist Pk — Charlestown Navy Yard —
This stone and metal structure is Dry Dock 1, completed in 1833. As one of America’s first two granite dry docks, Dry Dock 1 made the repair of large naval ships faster, easier, and safer. Returning warships to sea duty in less time was a crucial . . . — Map (db m37697) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Boston — Gate One, Charlestown Navy YardWorld War II — Boston National Historical Park —
The Charlestown Navy Yard served the nation for 174 years as a base of the building, outfitting, repair, and modernization of ships. During World War II, the yard’s busiest years, almost 50,000 men and women worked here, around the clock, seven days . . . — Map (db m62586) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Boston — John Winthrop / Nicholas Upsall / Cotton Mather / John Hull
John Winthrop 1588 - 1649 In the early autumn of 1630, Winthrop and his company landed at the foot of Prince Street from Charleston. Thus was begun the settlement of Boston. The spirit of Winthrop is forever a challenge to America: "To avoid . . . — Map (db m145069) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Boston — Lewis Wharf, 1835
Boston's legendary clipper ship trade centered around Lewis Wharf. Ships bound for faraway ports sailed from here in the 1840s and '50s: • to buy tea in China and sell it in Europe. • to California where most of the '49ers' famous gold . . . — Map (db m115279) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Boston — North Sea Mine Force Memorial — U. S. Navy, World War I —
A type of the 56,571 mines laid and swept in the mine barrier placed in the North Sea by the United States Navy during the World War, 1917-1919, the greatest achievement of its nature recorded in all naval history and placed here as a tribute to . . . — Map (db m37582) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Boston — Samuel Tucker / Increase Mather / Edward Holyoke / Edward Everett / Christian Gullager
Samuel Tucker 1747 - 1833 High on the roll of the valiant fighting men of the Old Navy, he captured sixty-two enemy vessels, more than six hundred cannon, and three thousand prisoners. A pride to the North End, he lived on Fleet . . . — Map (db m76590) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Boston — Sir William Phips / Joseph Warren / John Manley / Edmund Hartt
Sir William Phips 1651 - 1695 First Royal Governor of Massachusetts under the Charter of 1691. One of twenty-six brothers and sisters. A poor boy apprenticed to a ship's carpenter in the North End. In 1687 he recovered from a Spanish galleon . . . — Map (db m76593) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Boston — U.S.S. Boston
U.S.S Boston From 1776 to tomorrow Dedicated to all shipmates who served on the seven vessels named U.S.S. Boston July 2001 — Map (db m55664) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Boston — USS ConstitutionBoston National Historical Park — Charlestown Navy Yard —
Launched in 1797, USS Constitution set sail the next year on the world’s oceans to protect American commerce. Her victories soon earned her a permanent place in United States naval history. On August 19, 1812, USS Constitution took on . . . — Map (db m71540) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — Boston Naval Shipyard
Boston Naval Shipyard has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark Under the provisions of the historic sites act of August 21, 1935 this site possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the history of the United . . . — Map (db m58264) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — Commander Barry Carle
In Memoriam Commander Barry Carle U.S. Navy 1933-1974 Died while in the service of his country Deputy District Civil Engineer for the Commandant of the First Naval District Responsible for the concept and the initial development of the . . . — Map (db m58455) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — Tudor Wharves
In the 1830s, Frederick Tudor became known as Boston's Ice King. Since around 1805, he had ice cut from local ponds and shipped to far away places as Calcutta, Rio de Janeiro, the West Indies and the Far East. As his business grew, he did his most . . . — Map (db m145104) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown (Boston) — A New View of an Old ShipUSS Cassin Young (DD-793) — Charlestown Naval Yard, Boston National Historical Park —
Since 1981, millions of visitors have walked the decks of USS CASSIN YOUNG, experiencing her history and heroics. Now they have the opportunity to see a new side of this “greyhound of the sea” - what lies below the waterline. . . . — Map (db m71480) WM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown, Boston — Charlestown Navy YardHome of “Old Ironsides”
One of our nation's first naval shipyards was established here at Moulton's Point, Charlestown, in 1800, and remained active until 1971. During that period, the yard contributed greatly to the birth and growth of American naval power, and was the . . . — Map (db m37699) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown, Boston — USS Leyte (CV-32)
In memory of our shipmates and civilians lost in the disastrous explosion aboard the USS Leyte on October 16, 1953 while in the Boston Naval Shipyard. Shipmates James Robert Bedford, CHMACH, USN • Leonard Michael De Rose, Lt, USN • Charles . . . — Map (db m37701) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Whitinsville — Blackstone Canal1828 - 1848

Northbridge, MA Canal Route & Lock Location

This property has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m117520) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Whitinsville — Plummer's Landing

In 1836 Israel Plummer built a store beside a boat basin and dock here—the mid-point of the canal journey between Worcester, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island. Retail products sold at Plummer's store included stove parts, tools . . . — Map (db m117521) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Whitinsville — Welcome to Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park

"The hardest working river, the most thoroughly harnessed to the mill wheels of labor in the United States, probably the world, is the Blackstone." Winthrop Packard, 1909

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management (DEM) . . . — Map (db m117522) HM


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