While the museum remains temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, the public can still enjoy a virtual experience of what the Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum has to offer. Enjoy exhibits and artifacts ranging from the Breeches Buoy, an ingenious shore-to-ship rescue device akin to a zip line today, or hear the story of the Wreck of the W.F. Marshall in which all lives were saved including that of a very large Newfoundland dog.
During the golden whaling era in the early-to-mid-1800s, hundreds of ships passed by Nantucket each day. The area saw more than 700 shipwrecks, bringing it the nickname “graveyard of the Atlantic.” Before rescue became an organized effort, most shipwrecked sailors were doomed to die; so it is no surprise that […]
The Nantucket Historical Association announces the world premiere of Lost on a Reef: an exhibition of artifacts retrieved from the 1823 Nantucket whaleship, Two Brothers, in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This exhibition is in the NHA’s Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street and may be viewed […]