Maritime exhibit opens

March 07, 1993|By New York Times News Service

Yachtsmen who can't wait for spring to launch their boats can feel the wind in their sails early this year by viewing "The Great Age of Sail: Treasures from the National Maritime Museum of Greenwich, England," at the Peabody and Essex Museum in Salem, Mass.

Among the paintings on display are J. M. W. Turner's masterpiece "The Battle of Trafalgar" and dramatic pictures of Captain Cook and Lord Nelson. Objects include Captain Bligh's chronometer and the compass that guided Sir Francis Drake around the world in 1577.

Salem, 20 miles north of Boston, was a leading seaport and headquarters for the East India trade in the early 1800s.

The show will run until June 2. The Peabody and Essex Museum, East India Square -- (508) 745-1876 -- is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday; Thursday until 9 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. A free guided tour is conducted daily at 2 p.m.

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