Frame Up To Fit Out Lecture Series: The Merry Mackerel

Merry Mackerel: Mackerel Fishing on Cape Ann

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Wednesday April 10 at 7 pm

Waterline Center: Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Essex MA

Find out about the connection between the Battle of Gloucester and the invention of the mackerel jig.

Come join us for our conversational lecture series lead by Justin Demetri on topics surrounding the shipbuilding and sailing industries, the only lecture series where derailing the conversation is encouraged! Come with your curiosity and you won’t be disappointed. Tickets are are available on our website or at the door – $10 for adults, children 0-8 are free!

Spirits In The Shipyard – Come Drink With Us Nov. 4, 2017

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!
Spirits in the Shipyard

Get 25% off Gloucester History Sail Aboard Schooner Ardelle, July 26th!

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?

A May Full Of Events At The Essex Shipbuilding Museum

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.


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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!