The Birth of a Schooner

Eleventh generation shipwright, Harold Burnham and the Essex Shipbuilding Museum celebrate the raising of the first frames on the Pinky Schooner ARDELLE.

Kids (and parents) learn some basic boat building.

Some work and. . . some don't.

The crowd gathers at the H.A. Burnham Boat Building Yard.

Visitors sign the keel.

Making frames.

The boat builder, Harold Burnham (L).

Harold and Capt. Tom Ellis of the Thomas E. Lannon are overjoyed to see work begin. Geoffrey Richon, President of the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, where Ardelle will be berthed, enjoys the moment.

Up she goes!

Ready for the next one.

About Marty Luster

I'm Marty Luster, a retired attorney and politician. In 2010 my wife, mother-in-law, dog and I relocated from Central NY to Gloucester. I hope my photographs and poetry(?) reflect my love for this place and her people. My picture-poem posts can be seen at and selected black and white images can be found at
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2 Responses to The Birth of a Schooner

  1. George says:

    This is the best. Hope she has many years on the sea!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Best event of the Labor Day weekend .

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