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Nantucket: Shipwreck museum to open for season

A photo from a new exhibit, ‘Heroes of the Seas,’ at the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum.
A photo from a new exhibit, ‘Heroes of the Seas,’ at the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum. Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum

The Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum will open for the season on May23 with a new exhibit, Heroes of the Seas, that salutes the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Coast Guard.

The small museum, which is located in a former lifesaving station, commemorates Islanders who risked their lives to save shipwrecked mariners. There have been more than 700 shipwrecks in the waters around the island, and they are noted on an interactive map in the museum.

The museum, which is open each year from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day, houses a collection of more than 5,000 objects, including surfboats, beach carts, vintage photographs, an interactive shipwreck map and more, all aimed at telling the stories of maritime heroes.

Details: 508-228-1885, www.eganmaritime.org.

MIAMI HERALD STAFF

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