Westport, MA 02790
The entrance to Buzzards Bay is littered with shipwrecks, though it is impossible be certain of how many ships have been lost in this area of shoals and reefs, dense fog, and strong tides. Locally, most vessels went aground on Hen and Chickens Reef at the southern end of Gooseberry Island. Although nowadays there are fewer wrecks due to improvements in navigation, these waters still hold many stories.
Visit Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station this summer to view the Westport Fishermen’s Association‘s latest exhibit: Notorious Shipwrecks off Westport! Artifacts and the stories about the fate of three large ships, all over 300 feet long, that went aground nearby – the USS Yankee (1908), the HMCS St. Francis (1945) and the Angela (1971) – are on display.
Exhibit hours are Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12 to 4 pm from June 24 through Sept. 3. Free admission. Donations are always welcome. The exhibit is supported by in part by the Chip Gillespie Memorial Fund and by a grant from the Westport Cultural Council.