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…

Upcoming 2018 SSU Field School!

Our field school will happen from July 16-20th this summer!! The dig site has yet to be announced. Join us for archaeology on the North shore, looking at shipwreck(s), traditional sailing craft, and shipbuilding. You will be immersed in hands-on experiences in maritime culture. Wondering what it’ll be like? – Check out the gallery for…

SparrowHawk Project

In January, the Sparrow Hawk 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. Stay tuned for our upcoming projects and courses for 2018… photo © SEAMAHP  

2017 SSU Field School

We had a great field school with our adult and college students! We expanded the investigations of the Ada K. Damon shipwreck on Steep Hill Beach at the Crane Estate held by the Trustees of Reservations. From sailing on schooner Fame to a visit at the  Essex Shipbuilding Museum, and tour of the Burnham shipyard, students were immersed…

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….

2017 Middle Schoolers on Site

In 2017, SEAMAHP worked together with Collins Middle School of Salem MA, leading a student field school and teacher PD (with the PAST Foundation) in maritime archaeology! We mapped shipwrecks  on the beach, used drones to survey the site and investigated maritime culture on the North Shore with our students.  

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 galleries for photos for…

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 through Salem State University and in cooperation with Mass. Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources, is an intensive intro to maritime archaeology techniques and skills, with the final day spent mapping and analyzing data from…