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Annual Digital Photography Workshop

digital photography workshop poster copy

Every year, this class fills up fast.  If you want to take the course, please sign up NOW…
To enroll:  Call Barry O’Brien (978) 282-8222. For questions: Call Barry’s Cell: (617) 967-1227

When:  Saturday, May 17, 2014

Time: 9:00 A.M to 1:00 PM

Where: Essex Shipbuilding Museum

66 Main Street, Waterline Center (Center of the Shipyard)Essex, MA 01929

Please enroll by:  May 10, 2014

Limited to 15 | Course Fee” $ 60.00

There will be coffee served in the morning. We’re not stopping for lunch,
so bring a snack to munch on during the course.


Essex Shipbuilding Museum’s Christmas Card

Thanks Len Burgess for sending this along.

Photo by Barry O’Brien
“The only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.”
To all our friends at Good Morning Gloucester who bring art, community and history alive,
Merry Christmas from the Essex Shipbuilding Museum!
Quote attributed to Harry S. TrumanESM Chrismas5typ

Essex Shipbuilding Museum’s "Lewis H. Story" at Salem Maritime Festival

Len Burgess submits-

Essex Shipbuilding Museum’s flagship “Lewis H. Story” was a big attraction at the Salem Maritime Festival on Saturday. Intentionally rolling the ship over at low tide, as shown, is how the original Chebbaco 2-man fishing schooners of the 1700′s would unloaded their catch of the day and also the way they would repair and paint the bottom when the tide was out. The Shipbuilding Museum’s booth at the festival was also very busy all afternoon.
-Photos by Len Burgess


Essex Shipbuilding Museum’s "Intense Digital Photography Workshop"

Len Burgess submits-

Barry O’Brien and his volunteer teachers, Len Burgess, Kathy Chapman, Dave Delorey, Tony Schettino, and Mike Dyer, lead an intense photo workshop at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum Saturday to help raise money for the Museum. We had perfect weather and enthusiastic attendees. Here’s the class picture taken by Dave Delorey (who magically always manages to get into the photo too).


Launch of the Schooner ‘Lewis H. Story’

The Lewis H. Story, (flagship of the Essex Shipbuilding Museum)
was launched Tuesday April 24 after weeks of repairs and painting by
Museum volunteers. She’s tied up in the creek next to the Schooner Ardelle.
–Len Burgess

Community Stuff


Don’t know if anyone asked you to help us publicize our upcoming 2012 Volunteer Day Mug-Up scheduled for Saturday March 31 from 10:00 to 12:00 noon at the museum 66 Main Street, Essex, MA 01929.  I’ve attached our volunteer application as well as our poster for this event.  We need volunteers!  Anything you and GMG can do to help spread the word would be appreciated.

Many thanks,

Jim (Penn State) Diedrich



Judith Montferrante writes-

Attached, see info about the new Wicked Tuna TV show premiere based on the Gloucester Tuna fishing industry – with some segments shot at the Topsider Bar & Grill – bar area. Some of my photography may be on view (I had to sign a National Geographic release).  Stay tuned.  Thanks, Judith


The life and times of Nathaniel Bowditch (1773-1838) presented by Essex Shipbuilding Museum Tuesday, Nov 1st

Join us at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum for The Life and Times of Nathaniel Bowditch (1773-1838. Guest speaker Prof. George Brandenburg, ret., former Director of Laboratory for Particle Physics and Cosmology, Harvard University .


Bowditch didn’t attend school after age 12, let alone go to Harvard, yet he managed to teach himself Latin, French, mathematics and astronomy.  He learned math and physics well enough to make world-renowned contributions in both fields. As a young man he made five sea voyages, rising from second mate to captain, and along the way authored the well-known maritime manual "The New American Practical Navigator." This book, commonly called "Bowditch," made it possible for generations of sailors to navigate around the oceans with only the sun, moon, and stars to guide them. He retired from the sea as a captain at the age of 31 and put his mathematical skills to work as an insurance executive. However, in his spare time, he continued his work in physics and astronomy.

Prof. Brandenburg is an experimental particle physicist. Since retiring and moving to Salem in 2008, Prof. Brandenburg has been volunteering at the NPS Salem Maritime National Historic Site and on the Friendship. This led him to the study of 19th century celestial navigation and the contributions made by Salem ‘s own Nathaniel Bowditch.

The Waterline Center is a handicapped accessible facility.

Tickets may be ordered on-line, by phone, email, or at the door.

Refreshments will be served.

Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum





Join us at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum’s Shipyard on Saturday, July 9, 2011 to view the launching of the Pinky Schooner Ardelle that is being built by Harold A. Burnham, an eleventh generation Essex shipwright. On Labor Day 2010 we celebrated the signing of her keel and the raising of her first frames. It was an exciting day and all who attended had a great time. Harold is now ready to launch the Schooner Ardelle and we will be there to celebrate.

It’s not often that wooden schooners are launched anywhere in this country, and we are fortunate to have in Essex a craftsman who knows how to build a wooden schooner the same way they were built centuries ago. Harold Burnham and a band of volunteers have spent the last 10 months building this vessel. They’ve been outside in snow storms, rain, and blistering heat. On Saturday, July 9th between 6 – 7 pm she will finally hit the water using the time honored, and exciting, Essex side launch. The Essex Shipbuilding Museum is one of the best places to view a launch from the H.A. Burnham Boatbuilding yard, and we plan on celebrating. Starting at 3 pm we will have live music from Michael Forney’s Bluegrass Band, Daisy Nell and Captain Stan and the second graders from Essex Elementary will perform songs from “The Stowaway Mouse”, hot dogs and Italian sausages from Kayem, chowder from Woodman’s of Essex , and all kinds of beverages. So, mark your calendars and join us!

Check Out Marty Luster’s Week By Week Photo Progress Of The Ardelle Being Built Here

Marty Luster Photo-



Join the Essex Shipbuilding Museum for its Open House on Saturday, May 14th between 11 am and 3 pm. We will have tours around our property and over to the Schooner Ardelle, steam shed demonstrations, live music by John Hicks and Friends, hot dogs cooked by our wonderful volunteers and Woodman’s will be serving their fabulous clam chowder and a vegetarian dish. Ipswich Ale will have one of their beer trucks on hand. The event will kick off as rowers in the Essex River Race cross the finish line not far from the Museum. Cheer your favorite boat on and mingle on the yard with the oarsmen, paddlers, and museum supporters. This is a wonderful opportunity to wander around the museum, find out what it offers you, and make new friends. So, come on down!

Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum

978-768-7541 www.essexshipbuildingmuseum.org

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