Saving the Lives of
Nantucket Shipwreck Victims
In the 19th Century, hundreds of ships passed by Nantucket Island each day, all navigating without the benefits of modern nautical technology. Unpredictable storms, dense fog and strong currents often caught even the most experienced sailors off guard. Treacherous shoals and inclement weather led to over 700 shipwrecks in the surrounding waters of Nantucket, causing the area to be dubbed “a graveyard of the Atlantic.”
The Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum preserves the memory of those Islanders who risked their lives to save shipwrecked mariners. These men served in organizations devoted to maritime rescue, such as the Massachusetts Humane Society, United States Life-Saving Service and the United States Coast Guard.
The non-profit museum takes visitors inside maritime history, featuring over 5,000 objects from famous shipwrecks and lifesaving equipment used to save seafarers in trouble. Come visit the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, and enjoy new exhibits, family-friendly programs and more designed to appeal to all ages.
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