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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


Stepping the masts and completing the rigging on the Chebacco Pinky Schooner "Lewis H. Story"

Essex Shipbuilding Museum–temperature 94˚degrees and strictly manpower all day Saturday getting the Museum’s Chebacco Pinky Schooner "Lewis H. Story" ready for the trip and the celebration at Mount Desert Is., Maine.   Photo 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



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