After Halloween, the spirits still linger at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. Join us Saturday November 4th for a night of good drink, good food and lots of fun! It’s our 16th annual event and this year we are upping our game from our typical wine tasting to featuring more hard liquors! There are always surprises during the night – last year the guys steamed and hung a new plank on our flagship, the Lewis H. Story. This is our big fundraiser and the proceeds from a good turnout will carry our 2017 momentum well into 2018. Come on out and get your drink on for a great cause!
Go to Schooner Ardelle’s website and enter Shipmate code HISTORY and receive 25% off our Gloucester Harbor History Sail on Wednesday, July 26th!
Gloucester Harbor History
with Local Historian Justin Demetri
Wednesday July 26th,
August 9th & 23rd
at 6:00 pm
Join us for an evening of stories and relaxation as we explore the history of Gloucester’s working waterfront with local historian and author Justin Demetri!
We had to turn back early last time due to thunderstorms, but my dad Captain Vito of Striper King Charters will be back with us to add his experiences as a Gloucester fisherman to the tour. Wind or no wind, we will have some fun out there as always, and with 25% off, how can you resist a night on the water?
Get your tickets today! Last year we had Adventure, this year the Lewis H. Story. Our “littlest tallship” will be joining the fun only days after her relaunch. Get on board on have some fun and hi-jinks on the high seas!
Our season at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum really kicks off in May with a list of fun activities. June is shaping up to be a lot of fun as well! Our Wed-Sun schedule begins after Memorial Day. Check out the Museum’s website or Facebook Page for the latest info.
Essex Online Civil War Memorial Celebration Event
Friday, May 12 at 7pm in the Waterline Center
Join us for a special evening featuring the launch of the Town of Essex’ Online Civil War Memorial; an exclusive viewing of Civil War artifacts and archives from the collections of Essex Town Hall and the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum; and a presentation by Salem State Professor Bethany Jay entitled “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan: Essex and the Civil War.”
Boat Building Challenge
Saturday, May 13 at 10am in the Waterline Center and Shipyard
Essex Shipbuilding takes part in the National Boat Building Challenge!
Come by the shipyard and join in the festivities as 2-3 teams compete to build, launch and race in a traditional New England skiff in less than 4 hours. Learn about the craftsmanship involved in building a boat while competitors race against tide and time to complete the task! Event begins at 10 am.
Building a Model Story: A presentation by model maker Len Burgess
with guest Harold Burnham
Thursday, May 25, 7pm in the Waterline Center
Join us as model maker Len Burgess unveils his model of the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum’s Flagship, Lewis H. Story and speaks about the model building process. Len will be joined by the builder of the Lewis H. Story, master shipwright, Harold Burnham.
Launch Party For the Lewis H. Story
Saturday, May 27
Join us as we celebrate the re-launch of the Museum’s Flagship, the
Lewis H. Story! Music, food, libations and family activities all day in the Shipyard, it will be a great way to kick off the summer season!
The Essex Shipbuilding Museum begins its 2017 season April 1st. We will be open weekends 10-5, closed Easter. This year we have a very special exhibit in our Waterline Center to kick off the season:
The season of Lent has traditionally been tied to the consumption of seafood. It is still the busiest time of year for our hometown Gorton’s of Gloucester, and with the water still cold it makes for a great time for fish – Catholic or not. So in order to kick off Lent I’m offering the kindle edition of my historic seafood cookbook: From Head To Tale for only 99 cents. It is over 300 pages of fish and shellfish recipes raging from the 15th-20th centuries and many of them are traditonal lenten (maigre) meals.
The special runs from March 2-9 and is only for the Kindle version. Try a new twist on Lent with some old ways of preparing fish!
After over a year of research, writing, editing and formatting, my largest work is finally complete. It is called From Head To Tale and is an historic seafood cookbook containing over four hundred recipes, arranged chronologically by species, including recipes for appetizers, salads, soups and sauces.
From the back cover:
From Head to Tale explores five centuries of Western seafood history through recipes compiled from European and North American cookbooks. Learn which species of fish and shellfish have remained popular through the centuries. See how ingredients, cooking methods and even recipe formats evolved over time. From timeless classics to forgotten Medieval dishes, From Head to Tale will reveal of trove any seafood lover will enjoy.
Now that the book is finished, I plan on using some of the proceeds to try some of these historic recipes, which I will post on my new website buyingseafood.com
From Head To Tale is now available on Amazon, and will also be sold at Essex Shipbuilding Museum gift shop starting in spring 2017.