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!


Essex Shipbuilding Museum’s Annual Christmas Sale: Weekends until Dec. 21st

It’s that time of year again, the shipyard is getting ready for a long winter’s nap. But we will be open for another 4 weekends in order for you to get some last minute gifts for the “boat nerds” in your life. From now until Christmas, most items* in the Museum gift shop are discounted 10%. In addition to this, Museum members can take an additional 10% discount.

Come by on weekends from now until December 21 to check out our selection of home and decorative items, hard to find books, nautical items, shirts and hats, and Children’s books and toys. The Museum store is THE PLACE to think of for your “just perfect” gifts as well as stocking stuffers.

We are open Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from now through Sunday December 21.

*sale does not include consignment items*

Essex Shipbuilding Museum

66 Main Street

Essex, Massachusetts 01929



Latest Ebook For Kindle: Peculiar Place Names of Cape Ann

Did you ever wonder where Wingaersheek Beach got its name? How about the boat ramp at Dun Fudgin? What does Annisquam mean and why are there no halibut at Halibut Point? My latest Ebook for Amazon Kindle addresses these questions and more! In Peculiar Place Names of Cape Ann I scoured early maps of Massachusetts and consulted the definitive works of local history to find the origins of our unique places. After months of research I feel that I have only scratched the surface and there is probably even more fascinating stories about the nooks and crannies of Cape Ann.

Anyone who has grown up here has heard various legends about how places got their names. As I got older I realized that many of these tales are simply legends, or at best corruptions of the original story. The origin of Ten Pound Island and Wingaersheek Beach come to mind immediately, as both are claimed to have a connection to the Native Americans…which is not true!

Like all my Kindle Ebooks, it is a quick read, but packed with information that was painstakingly researched. A great way for locals to brush up on their history and for newcomers to show us their true stripes.

Enjoy everyone, and please consider leaving a review over at Amazon. Thanks!