Central Wharf

Central Wharf (HM16HB)

Location: Salem, MA 01970 Essex County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 31.236', W 70° 53.238'

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Salem Maritime National Historical Site

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

The grassy strip of land extending into the harbor in front of you was once a busy commercial wharf. In the late 1700's and early 1800s, trade goods from around the world were loaded, unloaded and stored here.Build in 1784, Central Wharf was purchased in 1791 by ship owner Simon Forrester and extended to a length of 795 feet—-the fourth longest in Salem. On the foundation in front of you, Forrester built a fine brick warehouse. From his home across the street behind you, Forrester could survey the source of his wealth—-the ships and warehouses that lined the wharf.

Through the years the wharf has seen many uses. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, flour, grain, and coal were loaded here. From 1947 to 1973 the U.S. Navy operated a Reserve Training Center on this site. Today the historic remains of Central Wharf are preserved within Salem Maritime National Historic Site.

HM NumberHM16HB
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 12:21am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 344976 N 4709306
Decimal Degrees42.52060000, -70.88730000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 31.236', W 70° 53.238'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 31' 14.16" N, 70° 53' 14.28" W
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Area Code(s)978, 781, 617
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 94 Wharf St, Salem MA 01970, US
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