Historical Sites

Emma Shipwreck Site

For many years a Damon’s Point shipwreck lay unidentified, disappearing and appearing at least twice as a consequence of violent storms and wave action. The no-name storm of October 30, 1991 (an extreme, Class 5 weather system) uncovered the wreck that we can still observe today. Local Maritime Archaeologist/Historian Paul F. McCarthy engaged in an intensive four-year quest to identify the vessel. His research brought the Emma and her story to light.

The Emma was built as a three-masted schooner in Maine in 1882. It was cut down to become a schooner barge, and then abandoned near Damon’s Point on the North River in 1912. On July 4, 1915 it was burned to the waterline. All that remains are the skeletal frames of the hull. Photos of the wreck are used with the permission of Paul F. McCarthy, who retains the copyright.

Water access only.


The current in this part of the river is constantly shifting the sand around. Most days, the shipwreck is covered with water, except at dead low tide, where much of it is exposed.

Trail Description

No trails.

42.164193, -70.729181

Historic Site: Yes

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Limited public parking at Damon's Point.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: No trails.



Dogs: No

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

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