• Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Salem Maritime

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

People

a portrait of Nathaniel Hawthorne in his later years, wearing a mustache

Nathaniel Hawthorne is one of the most famous people associated with Salem Maritime

NPS collections

Merchants, shopkeepers, sailors, craftsmen, Customs inspectors, slaves, sailors, business owners, and mill workers: the faces of Salem’s citizens have always reflected a range of ethnicities, occupations, and talents. Use the links above and to the left to meet some of the people who are connected to Salem Maritime NHS.

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.