The small coastal town of 426 inhabitants, Fenwick Island, located in Sussex County, Delaware in the United States, hides a real treasure for all wreck lovers. The DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum opened in July 1995 and is dedicated to recovering, preserving and worshipping the maritime heritage that makes the pride of the region. The museum is continually changing and evolving as it acquires artefacts from new discoveries. The collection of wrecks and recovered object exhibited is one of the most extensive collection in the Mid-Atlantic and no less than 10,000 objects are exhibited today.
According to previous visitors’ reviews, the museum is amazing, especially if the owner is present. His love of treasure hunting and for the history of even the smallest artefact in the museum’s collection are reflected in the quality of the exhibition. On the website is displayed a message from the museum’s director in which he tells us how he was introduced to the world of what he calls our maritime heritage by finding his first artefact, a coin in the effigy of King George III of England from 1785 washed up on a beach. That coin, founded in 1979, changes his life and the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum is the result of almost 40 years of work dedicated to preserving Fenwick Island’s maritime heritage.
In the museum, you will learn the history of the wrecks of the Delmarva Peninsula, the history of colonial sites and the role they have played in the development of the country, how the Atocha sank in 1622 and much more. The Atocha, Edmund Fitzgerald, Faithful Steward, Quicksilver Galleons, H.M.S. Debraak, are amongst the many lost ships honoured by the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum. Treasure hunters are sure to visit the gift shop of the store or real artefacts recovered from the wrecks in the museum are on sale. Visitors can purchase objects, jewellery, coins, pendants, DVDs, books and other memorabilia.
As you already know if you read the other pages on this site that my horse and I prepare to cross the Atlantic. We look forward to anchoring on Fenwick Island and taking a guided tour of the area’s many historical attractions and visiting DisoverSea Shipwreck Museum. Fenwick Island is filled with sites to visit, beaches or relax, a park or stroll, a water park, sail to the shark cove marina and much more. The museum is the perfect attraction not to be missed for a weekend or a week of vacation in the region.