• Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Salem Maritime

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

Collections

three dishes reassembled from fragments found in the archeological dig at the Narbonne House

Three dishes from the archeological dig at the Narbonne house. Left to right: an English mochaware bowl, an American redware bowl, and a Chinese porcelain teacup.

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Salem Maritime NHS collects objects that relate to the buildings at Salem Maritime and the people who lived or worked in them, as well as books and manuscripts related to the history of Salem’s maritime trade.

Historical objects often have wonderful stories to tell, and in our collection spotlight we focus on some of the objects from our museum collection.

Follow the links above and to the left to explore more of Salem Maritime's collections.

Did You Know?

The octant is a navigational tool based on the curve of one eighth of a circle. It measures angles for solar and celestial navigation.

In 1799, Salem native Nathaniel Bowditch revised John H. Moore's New Practical Navigator, the standard navigation manual of the 18th century. Bowditch discovered and corrected over 8,000 errors in Moore's manual! In 1802, Bowditch published the New American Practical Navigator.