The 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 shipwrecks below.

Historic Shipwrecks

Steamship Portland
Schooners Frank A. Palmer and Louise B. Crary
Schooner Paul Palmer
Granite Wreck
Edna G
Mystery Collier

Modern Shipwrecks

North Star


Josephine Marie

Acme II

Acme II


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