Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Father: Getting By in the Great Age of Sail

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Date & Time

Saturday, September 28, 2019

11:00 am to 12:30 pm


The story of Salem shipping often focuses on the truly successful like the Derby’s, the Crowninshields, and the Cabots. What about those captains who were just trying to get by? What were the stresses and realities of a life at sea in Salem at the turn of the nineteenth century?

Come hear the story of Nathaniel Hathorne Sr., Nathaniel Hawthorne’s father, one of the less fortunate of Salem’s scions. David Moffat, local historian, museum professional, and co-founder of Salem Historical Society, will explore his life through the records of his voyages, his home, and his legacy reflected through the prism of his son’s literary career.

Join us for a unique event on-board the Friendship of Salem, docked at Derby Wharf.


Salem Historical Society


Derby Wharf Salem, MA USA


Restrooms Available

Event Category

  • History
  • Lecture/Talk
  • Maritime

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