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June 11, 2014

Shetland Park webcam offers online views of Salem Harbor

SALEM — Shetland Park has added a window for the world to view Salem Harbor and the city in live-streaming, high-definition video.

A webcam has been installed at the 30-acre office and industrial park, on the northeast corner of Building 1, which sits along the South River.

“The images are real-time images,” said Shetland President Robert I. Lappin, “and the picture is beautiful. The camera is state-of-the art.”

View footage from the Shetland Park webcam

The camera is from Axis Communications, a Swedish company specializing in network video and Internet protocol surveillance. The idea is simply to share the view that tenants of Shetland Park have every day, Lappin said.

The camera does not present a fixed view. Viewers can pan to the left or right and take in views of the Friendship on Derby Wharf or the schooner Fame as it goes out for a cruise three times a day.

You can tilt up or down to take in the now-closed Salem Harbor Station power plant and its tall stacks, or zoom in to catch a glimpse of the golden eagle on the Salem Custom House. You can also catch glimpses of tourists having lunch on the Custom House steps or boarding a bus on Derby Street. There’s also a “snapshot” function that allows viewers to create pictures they can save or share.

“It’s mounted on one of our buildings, so it looks over the harbor and the South River and Pickering Wharf, and where the ships are going to come in,” Lappin said. It will also provide a view of where the new power plant will be built, he said. There’s a clear view of the Blaney Street Landing and the Salem ferry at the dock.

“The viewer can control the camera,” Lappin said. “It’s really cool and unique, and it will enable people anyplace to look at our harbor and surroundings. It’s a great way to watch the (Fourth of July) fireworks on Derby Wharf and the Friendship and what goes on there. It’s useful for the community.”

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