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Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Essex

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The Essex Shipbuilding Museum is a maritime museum in Essex, Massachusetts which contains historical and demonstrative displays regarding the history of the wooden shipbuilding industry in Essex. Essex produced more wooden fishing schooners between 1668 and the twentieth century than anywhere else in America. The museum contains various ship models and half hulls including several on display from the Smithsonian Institution. Displays include antique shipbuilding tools, photos, and dioramas of the former shipyard.

The museum also features the Evelina M. Goulart, an Essex-built schooner built in 1927.

Adjacent to the museum is a boat yard owned by generations of the Story Family, which still constructs and launches classic wooden ships built in the Essex tradition.
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  • Small museum with some exhibits inside. Several outdoor exhibits too see also. It’s supposed to be a working shipyard but we didn’t see much going on.  more »
  • I really enjoyed the guided tour given by Justin Demetri. He grew up in and still lives in the Gloucester area, and is very knowledgeable about how Essex became a famous shipbuilding center. He...  more »
  • So much to learn and see. Understanding the history and people. A major gem which should not be lost. Worth the tour and visit
  • Lived here all my life and still is interestingg:)

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