News & Stories

A Legacy of Valor

In 2009 the Francis family donated a Congressional Silver Medal awarded for lifesaving to the Museum. Ten years later, we remember this thoughtful gift that shares Nantucket's legacy of valor.

A Mysterious Nantucket Shipwreck

On February 14, 1881, the "Hazard" ran aground on Old Man shoal off Nantucket. No two accounts of the events that took place are alike, adding to the mystery of this notable shipwreck.

Inclusion and Lifesaving

Charles Allard, Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum Manager, grapples with issues of inclusion in Nantucket's lifesaving history, and remembers the heroic Pea Island surfmen and their remarkable rescue.

Saved Before the Storm

Visit the Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum to view the original 1857 Great Point lens, dismantled by the Coast Guard in 1971, and original 1818 roof cap.