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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

GMG SCOOP! SCOOP! From Marty Luster

A crew from the tug CREOLE MISS, owned and operated by Riverside and Pickering Marine Contractors of Eliot Maine, today successfully removed the bell buoy that washed up on Coffins Beach in March. The work began at 11AM and the buoy was freed and towed away at about 1PM. Exclusive photos here:

Marty Luster

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