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Shipwrecks of Salem Sound with Captain Ray Bates Jr.

July 21, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for an exciting harbor tour focused on the infamous shipwrecks of Salem Sound with Captain Ray Bates, Jr.

Come aboard Naumkeag with lifelong historian, author and local diver, Captain Ray Bates, Jr., for a harbor tour visiting the sites and hearing the stories of the many shipwrecks of Salem Sound. Captain Bates has been exploring shipwrecks since the 1969 and has written several books on the maritime disasters that have occurred along Boston’s North Shore and Cape Ann. Essex Heritage is thrilled to partner with Ray, as he leads a tour sharing and locating the shipwrecks along the coast of Salem, Beverly and Marblehead, allowing passengers to truly “dig into the past and unearth long-lost stories for themselves.”

All passengers will receive a signed copy of Ray’s book, Shipwrecks North of Boston: Volume 1 , Salem Bay.

Boat Departure Location: Naumkeag departs from the Salem Ferry dock at 10 Blaney Street, Salem MA 01970. 


Please read all the information listed below before purchasing your ticket(s).

Adults: $35 Children (4-12 yr): $18(Essex Heritage Members receive a 20% discount!)

Boat Departure Location: 

Naumkeag departs from the Salem Ferry dock at 10 Blaney Street, Salem MA 01970. 

What You Need To Know Before You Go! Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the trip?

About 1 hour and 30 minutes round-trip

Are there restrictions on who can go?

All passengers must be:

  • At least 4 years old (No infants; in arms or baby carriers)
  • Capable of negotiating the boat ramp without assistance.

What if it rains or is stormy?

Boat trips depend on the weather. Naumkeag has no rain or sun cover on it. 

Is there a bathroom onboard?

There are no bathrooms on the boat, but there are restrooms at the Salem Ferry Visitor Center which can be used directly before and after the tour.

What is the Cancellation Policy?

  • If Essex Heritage cancels the boat trip: If it is too rainy or stormy or the seas are too rough, and Essex Heritage has to cancel the boat trip, you will be fully refunded the cost of your ticket
  • If ticket holder cancels: If you cancel because you think it is too sunny, rainy, windy or whatever, but the boat still goes, tickets are non-refundable.

How will I know if my tour has been cancelled?

Essex Heritage staff will do our best to email all ticketed passengers in advance if your trip has been cancelled. We will also keep an updated weather advisory line at 978-998-2188.


Please call Essex Heritage’s Visitor Information Desk (located in the National Park Service Visitor Center) at 978-224-2036. The Visitor Information Desk is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 AM-4 PM.

Essex Heritage does not assume responsibility for any lost or stolen personal property.


July 21, 2023
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Salem Ferry Dock
10 Blaney St
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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