Welcome to the Salem Tunnel Report. Every Monday we will post new and old tunnel finds along with those who built them. In our posts you will learn how Salem has shaped American history from the profits of the smuggling that happened in these tunnels; sometimes for the good, but more often not.
Tunnels at 8 Becket Street
Here is the house and the sealed tunnel entrances. The last image is of the Commercial Coffee House in Boston the once owner of this house and smuggle had owned in Boston. William Merriam was a Salem Common Improvement Subscriber.
and Derby Laundry at 82 Derby Street.
Becket’s Shipyard was on this location. Clifford Crowninshield the Elder had owned this property and what later would be called Phillip’s Wharf. After Crowninshield owned it Samuel Very 3rd who was a block maker owned it. Both were Salem Common Improvement Fund Subscribers, a ruse to beautify a park as they hid tunnel dirt in the ponds. These subscribers paid for the tunnel extensions in 1801. Pump and block makers were hired in the construction of the tunnels to move bricks and pump water out of te tunnels.
For more read Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City and its sequel Sub Rosa by Chris Dowgin published by Salem House Press. Available at Barnes & Noble, Remember Salem, The Witch House, Jolie Tea, and Amazon.com.