Gloucester Schooner Fest is Around the Corner! Volunteers Needed!

Schooners docked at the 2018 festival

Well known to the world as Gloucester’s major maritime and sailing event, the 35th annual Gloucester Schooner Festival is organized by the Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee and Maritime Gloucester, held August 30th-September 2nd, 2019.

photo by Arlene Taliadoros
Schooners during the Parade Sail at Schooner Fest

Taking place in the harbor and nearby waters of America’s oldest seaport, the Gloucester Schooner Festival honors the major role the fishing schooner has played in the heritage of Gloucester and the eastern seaboard.

A spectacular highlight of the Gloucester Schooner Festival is the Parade of Sail on Sunday morning, as the participating schooners make their way through the harbor and out past the breakwater, to the Mayor’s Race starting area off Eastern Point.

The Harriet Webster Pier during last year’s festival

Volunteers are still needed for this year’s festival! If you would like to be part of Maritime History with us, email Kelly at

Sponsors for this year’s festival include Gloucester 400, Sawyer Free Library, Discover Gloucester, City of Gloucester, First Ipswich Bank, Cape Ann Savings Bank, and Building Center. To learn more about the festival and it’s sponsors, visit @GloucesterSchoonerFestival on Facebook, or .


Family Fun all Summer at Maritime Gloucester

Drop in style programs for kids of all ages. Occur weekly all summer long.

Under the Scopes [AGES 5+]
Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, 1:00-2:00 in the Microscope Lab
Discover what lives in a drop of seawater, and learn about how such tiny organisms can make a huge difference for life in the ocean.

Creature of the Week [AGES 4+]
Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 10:30-11:30 in the Aquarium and Classroom

Pop up Activities [AGES 5+]
Wednesday and Friday, 11:00-12:00 in the Classroom

Maritime Gloucester
23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester MA 01930
(978) 281-0470

Ocean Day Celebration Saturday June 8th at noon at Maritime Gloucester

Please join us on Ocean Day Saturday June 8th 2019. For the OLLIE Launch Party! The FREE festivities begin at noon, right on our pier at Maritime Gloucester at 23 Harbor Loop Gloucester

Gather and check out tables and activities, have fun, be wowed in our virtual submarine partner OLLIE. The Whale Mobile’s ( inflatable whale will be under the big tent, and we’ll open up the classroom/microscope lab with the AR Sandbox, the touch table, and digital microscopes. A quick welcome, a champagne christening, and then we’ll open the doors to OLLIE, and people can check it out until 6pm. We’ll be virtually taking people to coral reef in Bermuda. This is an awesome hands on experience for anyone looking to learn more about our oceans.

Hope to see you all!

Maritime Gloucester Spring Lecture Series concludes this Thursday 5/9/19 at 7pm

Evelyn Ansel closes the series with “From 1 to 18,006: highlights from the Haffenreffer-Herreshoff digitization project at the MIT Museum”
About this Event
The Spring Lecture Series presents “Leading Ladies: Defining the Discussion of Maritime Science and History”. This series will tell stories of exploration, science, research, historical preservation, adventure and the working waterfront from the perspective of the women who engage and lead in these issues every day.

Over the past two and a half years, the collections team at the MIT Museum has been working to digitally capture the entirety of the Haffenreffer-Herreshoff collection. The Haffenreffer-Herreshoff holdings consist of some 17,000 artifacts from the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, formerly of Bristol, RI. These original plans, drawings, notebooks and correspondence date from the 1870s through the 1940s and represent the full breadth of HMCo.’s output during its years of operation. The digitization project developed in concert with the exhibit Lighter, Stronger, Faster: the Herreshoff Legacy, which opened in October of 2018, and the collection will be made permanently available online through the museum’s new collections portal beginning this summer.

Many interesting and previously unpublished plans came to light over the course of the digitization project. In her lecture, digitization team member Evelyn Ansel will give a basic collections overview and share some of the familiar, iconic and expected alongside some of the more unusual highlights – from swimming pools to dust collection systems and beer barrels to bicycles – all examples of the impressive span of HMCo.’s capabilities not only as premier naval architects, but also as a vertically integrated manufacturing plant at the turn of the 20th Century.

Evelyn is a museum professional specializing in preservation and collections accessibility with a focus on maritime history and design. Previous projects include documentation of traditional working watercraft in Venice, Italy, an apprenticeship on the recent restoration of the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, CT, and a Fulbright Fellowship to the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, Sweden. Evelyn has a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University of Providence, RI. She sits on the board of the Apprenticeshop of Rockland, ME, and is a freelance contributor for WoodenBoat Magazine. Currently, she is the Curatorial Associate at the Herreshoff Marine Museum of Bristol, RI, and is also managing the Haffenreffer-Herreshoff digitization project at the MIT Museum of Cambridge, MA.

Date And Time

Thu, May 9, 2019

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM


Maritime Gloucester

23 Harbor Loop

Gloucester, MA 01930

Register here

Maritime Gloucester Spring Lecture Series continues with Molly Lutcavage THIS Thursday

ANOTHER amazing woman will share her tale May 2nd at 7pm

Thrilled to have our upstairs neighbor Molly Lutcavage as our featured speaker at the latest edition of our Spring lecture series.

Come hear Molly tell “What a trip! Life history of Atlantic bluefin tuna: energy, reproduction and migration”

Molly is the Director of Large Pelagics Research Center, which is working closely with fishermen and, using state-of-the-art technologies, conducting biological and ecological research on pelagic species including tunas, sharks, billfish, and sea turtles.

This Thursday May 2nd at 7pm, 23 Harbor Loop Gloucester This talk is suitable for all but spaces are limited. Register here…

Maritime Gloucester Lecture Series THIS Thursday at 7pm

The lecture series continues with Viking Gustafson entitled “Hauling the Commercial Fleet: A harborside chat with Gloucester Marine Railway

Since 1859 the Rocky Neck Marine Railways, now known as the Gloucester Marine Railways Corp., has maintained and repaired thousands of fishing, commercial and pleasure boats from the wooden schooners of the last century to the present day steel and fiberglass vessels. With an impressive list of services and many hauling options, this essential yard has been operated for the past 21 years by Viking Gustafson. Join us as Viking gives us a look inside the workings of a centuries-old marine railway in America’s oldest port and tells some stories of projects past and future. If we are lucky, we might even hear about the time she hauled 25,000 honeybees!

Viking Gustafson was born in Jamestown, New York. She has her BA from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and her MDiv from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has been working on the water since 1978 and been on various passenger vessel service roles. She received her USCG license in 1980. She previously worked at Thompson Island Outward Bound as their Operations Director but has been General Manager of Gloucester Marine Railways since 1998.

Thursday, April 25, 2019 7:00pm at Maritime Gloucester 23 Harbor Loop Gloucester MA FREE for MG members & $10 for community

About this Event
The Spring Lecture Series presents “Leading Ladies: Defining the Discussion of Maritime Science and History”. This series will tell stories of exploration, science, research, historical preservation, adventure and the working waterfront from the perspective of the women who engage and lead in these issues every day.