Welcome Aboard!

SEAMAHP creates innovative and hands-on programs. Our non-profit organization offers opportunities to learn maritime archaeology and history through exploring sites and artifacts. We, co-founders Dr. Calvin Mires and Captain Laurel Seaborn, believe that problem-based, experiential learning brings maritime stories to life for students. SEAMAHP courses focus on the human creativity and endeavor in maritime industries throughout…

SparrowHawk Project

This past week the SparrowHawk project made huge strides! In collaboration with the Pilgrim Hall Museum, SEAMAHP helped bring in experts to start the assessment and dendrochronology (tree ring analysis) to determine the date/origins of the wood frames. With this testing we may be able to find out exactly where the ship was built and…

Experiencing a Field School

Wondering about what you might experience on site with us next summer? — Visit Alli’s Blog (Nov 17, 2015) for her description of our field school. We’ll be posting more in spring on our upcoming projects and courses for 2018… Hope to see you in the New Year! (photo: found uncredited online, but known to…

2017 SSU Field School

Our field school will happen Aug 14-18th this summer!! The dig site has yet to be announced. Join us for investigations into North Shore wreck(s), traditional sailing craft, and shipbuilding locations! You will be immersed in hands-on experiences in maritime culture. Check out the photo gallery for our Field School 2016. See our FAQs page on how…

Wreck of Sparrow-Hawk (1626)

Our upcoming collaboration will be with Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, Mass. On April 12, Dr. Calvin Mires spoke to a packed lecture hall on the return of the Sparrow-Hawk (wrecked on Cape Cod in 1626) for exhibit at the museum and the work we will be doing with the artifact to facilitate that display….

Upcoming Field Schools!

SEAMAHP will be leading teacher PD in maritime archaeology this July! We hope you’ll join us on the beach, mapping shipwrecks and investigating maritime culture along with Collins Middle School of Salem MA. Please contact us for further info. Or contact: PAST foundation  

TALK: Captains’ Wives

Come learn about women who sailed on ships in the nineteenth century. Captain Laurel Seaborn will be speaking next Thursday evening (Nov 10th) at the Salem Regional Visitor’s Center (Salem, MA).  

2016 SSU Field School

Another great year! Our field school expanded investigations of the Ada K. Damon shipwreck on Steep Hill Beach at the Crane Estate. From sailing on schooner Fame to a visit at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum to learn more from shipwright Harold Burnham, students were immersed in hands-on experiences in maritime culture. Check out the gallery on the page…

We WON the Photo Contest!

Thank you so much everyone for voting! We won both the “people’s choice” and First Place in the 2016  ACUA photo contest in Category B for the SEAMAHP photo “Racing the Tide.” Here’s the link: http://www.acuaonline.org/2016-photo-contest-gallery/ It was great to see everyone at the Society for Historical Archaeology Conference in Washington, DC.

2015 Field School

During our field school students partially excavated the wreck Ada K. Damon at Steep Hill Beach near Ipswich, Mass. The course, accredited by Salem State University, and in cooperation with Mass. Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources is an intensive intro to techniques and skills, with the final day spent mapping and analyzing data from the research…