sanctuary is home to numerous shipwrecks, reminders of this nation's
maritime heritage. These shipwrecks are tangible connections to
the past that allow us to study and better understand human history.
The sanctuary is required by the National Marine Sanctuaries Act
and the National Historic Preservation Act to locate, assess, protect,
manage, and interpret its maritime heritage resources. Shipwrecks
are nonrenewable gateways to the past and it is through the interpretation
of these archaeological resources that the sanctuary hopes to
increase public enjoyment and appreciation of New England's maritime
history and foster stewardship of America's maritime legacy.
To learn more about the sanctuary's shipwrecks click on the individual