Rehoboth Beach Museum Presents.....

A 19th Century Shipwreck

As Told from a Survivor's Point of View

On Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. the Rehoboth Beach Museum will present a live program in Grove Park titled “We Come to Catastrophe” featuring a costumed interpreter who tells the chilling tale of surviving the wreck of the ship, the Faithful Steward.

In the early hours of September 1, 1785, the Faithful Steward, a vessel headed for Philadelphia, sunk off the coast of Southern Delaware. With close to 250 passengers aboard more than half perished in the rough waves within sight of the beach. The ship was carrying 400 barrels of English pennies which broke open during the wreck with coins floating out to sea and eventually onto the beach.  For many years people walked “Coin Beach” south of Dewey and collected pennies and half pennies.

Historic character interpreter and Director of Education at The Lewes Historical Society, Marcos Salaverria, will relate the tragedy of this wreck through a historic reading of a first-hand account, in the dress and voice of Mr. McEntire, a survivor.

Participants will meet in the pavilion in Grove Park pavilion lit with lantern lights to hear the sad tale, and afterwards go to the Museum to view some artifacts from the wreck and enjoy cider and cookies.

The Museum requests a $10 cash donation per person. Reservations are required. Grove Park is located just next to the Rehoboth Beach Museum and the Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center. Please call (302) 227-7310 to make a reservation.


The Rehoboth Beach Museum, located at 511 Rehoboth Avenue is open Friday 9 to 3, Saturday and Sunday 9-1. The museum is handicap accessible. Please visit to view our video content and sign up for online programs.

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