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?


5th Annual Schooner Challenge Monday June 5!

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!

ESM Schooner Challenge

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.


17f8e1bd-5347-4be5-8a1b-fb1ba585f514Launch 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!

Gloucester History Sail Aboard Ardelle: Wed July 20th – 6PM

If you have not joined us on one of these sails I highly recommend it, a bit of history, a gorgeous backdrop and plenty of liquid refreshment. A few weeks ago I joined Captain Harold aboard his pinky Ardelle for a Fiesta history sail and we had a great time as always. I’m really appreciative of Harold and his family for inviting me back again for two more history sails this summer. These days I don’t get too many opportunities to be on the water, but every time I’m on Ardelle as we coast past our fabled waterfront, it stirs up old memories.

51n7GiwgDOL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_I love my town, I love its history, but I like to have fun too! No script, no set route, and everyone is invited to spin their own yarns. If he’s up for it, I’ll bring my partner in crime Jim Lynch along as usual. Forget the guy from Dos Equis, this 92-year old is the real “most interesting man in the world.” and has seen it and done it all. So come join us as we knock back a few and talk about what makes this place so special. Space is till available so get your tickets here!

Gloucester History Sail Aboard Ardelle: 6/22/16

10438318_10204254174500721_5772747195657271566_nTo kick off the monthly summer history sails aboard the Ardelle, Captain Harold Burnham has invited me on his evening sail, 6/22/16 from 6-8pm. But this isn’t just an ordinary Wednesday evening sail, it is also the first night of St. Peter’s Fiesta! So in honor of our patron saint, all the Gloucester fishermen – past and present, and my Sicilian-American brothers and sisters, I’ll be including Fiesta history as well. Growing up down the Fort, the Fiesta was as exciting as Christmas and it makes me proud that I get to watch my son, now 6, eagerly await the rides, the food, the family and the fun. Whether you are a part of the celebration, a local resident, or a visitor wondering what all the commotion is downtown, come join us as we get the party started under sail. Viva!

Adventure Joins Schooner Challenge – June 6th

It’s gotten bigger – the Essex-Built Schooner ADVENTURE has agreed to join the annual Schooner Challenge! HUGE! Grab up a bunch of your friends and add to the fun and join the crews of the ADVENTURE, The ARDELLE, and the LANNON in the famous Schooner Challenge to help to support the preservation of the museum‘s EVELINA M GOULART. Tickets will go fast! Sign up now.