Record ID: 139

Site Name

Newburyport

Type

Seaport - American

Description

city (1990 pop. 16,317; 2000 pop. 17,189), (cap.) Essex co., NE Mass., at the mouth of the Merrimack R. Its silverware industry dates from colonial times; textiles, scientific instruments, and electronic equip. are also made. Summer resort; antiques; fishing; whale watching.

An early shipbuilding, whaling, and shipping center, it declined after Jefferson´┐Żs embargo of 1808 and the War of 1812. Birthplace of U.S. Coast Guard and Plum Isl. Coast Guard Station. There are several historic and maritime museums here.