The Star of the Schooner Festival has left the harbor…

It started out as a great idea by Peter Bent, and grew into a community-wide effort to make this year’s Gloucester Schooner Festival the best to date! It seemed so evident…build some docks so that people can get up close and see the schooners like never before. And by all accounts, that is what we did. The 480 feet of dock space became the star of the show. 3000 people visited the boats on these docks over 3 days. It was a great addition and a real benefit for the community.

So many people were involved in this effort, but a few need special mention. First, is Geoffrey Richon who steered the building of the docks from start to finish. Peter Bent who was involved in every step from raising funds to launch to finding a place to store them. The Mayor and the City for allowing them to be prominently placed at I4C2. Beauport Hospitality Group and the Dusky Foundation, who saw and funded the vision. And many thanks go out to the members of the Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee for their job getting together the event of the year. As these docks get stored for the winter, Maritime Gloucester can’t wait to re-engage the whole community and bring them back next summer. The plans (and the fundraising) to make these docks longer and give more people the chance to get aboard starts now! Thanks for a great Festival. See you next year!


The BioBus is coming to Maritime Gloucester Oct 6!


Climb aboard a solar-powered, state-of-the-art mobile microscope lab to visualize the microscopic creatures of Gloucester Harbor!

Join us on Saturday, October 6th from 10am-3pm as we host former MG intern and staffer, Mollie Thurman and the BioBus at Maritime Gloucester – one day only!

More info at and

Maritime Gloucester Volunteer and Docent Open House, Wednesday, Sept 26, 6 – 8pm


Maritime Gloucester is having an informational Open House for people interested in volunteering or becoming docents.  We have many great opportunities for all, from store staff to museum tour docents to aquarium educators and more!  Learn more about Maritime Gloucester, our programs and these great ways to give back.  Meet with Maritime Gloucester staff and other volunteers.  We will take a tour and let you know each way that you can contribute.  The event is from 6 to 8pm on Wednesday, Sept 26.  Register here