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The Ruins of Misery Island

The large Island called Misery lying at the top of Salem Sound was once a popular summer resort- it once even had a casino on its premises. Its decline as a resort was caused in large part by a massive … Continue reading

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Fort Sewall: The Colonial-era outpost at Gale’s Head

Built in 1742, Fort Sewall in Marblehead, MA is one of the oldest fortifications on the east coast. The fort was originally built in English Colonial times for defense against the French, but the current structure has remained active in … Continue reading

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Highlights of exploring the North Shore by boat

Pictured below, the schooner Thomas E. Lannon on a summer afternoon, as she passes Eastern Point Light at the entrance to Gloucester Harbor: The “North Shore” of Massachusetts Bay is rocky, rough and uneven, but provides some stunning views and … Continue reading

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Salem’s historic waterfront and Fort Pickering

Once the largest port in the Northeast, the city of Salem is today clearly less of a commercial and maritime center than the nearby city of Boston, twenty miles to the south. However, this was not always the case, as … Continue reading

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An old chart of Baker’s Island and Salem Sound

Baker’s Island in Salem Sound, and its lighthouse. There is only one light house today, but up until the late 1920s there were actually two… The twin lights of Baker’s Island:¬†After making a boat trip to the islands of Salem … Continue reading

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Cruising around Salem Sound: Baker’s Island Light & Misery Island

Baker’s Island Light, visible while entering Salem sound and heading toward Misery Island: This weekend, I made the hour long ride up to Salem Sound.¬†Having passed by the area many times on trips to Gloucester, it was about time I … Continue reading

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