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Tugboats, Barges & the Can DO A Lifetime of Marine Salvage Essex Shipbuilding Museum April 5th Program


Francis Burnham was born in Essex and has lived on the North Shore all his life.  He is the founder of Burnham Associates, Inc. of Salem , an entrepreneur who has worked on many marine construction projects along the U. S. east coast. 

He will be talking of his experiences bringing a dump scow barge from Lake Superior, through the Erie Canal, down the Hudson River to Salem where he now uses her in his business. 

Francis will also talk about purchasing from the U. S. Army a tugboat built to tow nuclear submarines, returning it from Sardinia, across the Atlantic to Salem .  Find out his frustrations in being the only bidder!  Lastly, he will talk about the last days and salvage of the Can Do, lost in the blizzard of 1978.

Join us to learn more of his fascinating stories of a lifetime in the marine salvage business.  This program will be held at the Waterline Center of the Essex Shipbuilding Museum , 7:30 p. m. on Tuesday, April 5.  Admission is $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers.

For more information please visit our website: www.essexshipbuildingmuseum.org

Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum 978-768-7541


Have You Ever Wondered What The eating arrangements Are For Coast Guardsmen At USCG Station Gloucester?  Well wonder no more as GMG brings you behind the black gate after CWO2 Luis Munoz invited us in.

You are cordially invited to attend US Coast Guard Station Gloucester’s Boating Safety Day.  This multi-partnered community event kicks off National Safe Boating Week on Saturday, May 21st, from 9am to 3pm and will take place at USCG Station Gloucester.  Our boating safety partners involved in this event include Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Coast Guard Auxiliary, US Power Squadron, State of Massachusetts Marine Environmental Protection, commercial fishing safety representatives and many others. The goal of this community event is to put all aspects of boating safety back in the public eye as we approach our spring and summer boating season.  We will showcase an assortment of search and rescue demonstrations, structured boating /paddling safety and Boating Under the Influence (BUI) forums, flare demonstrations, commercial fishing vessel safety, tours of Station Gloucester and vessels, as well as various informational booths.