5 Days left until Deck the Docks

Maritime Gloucester is working hard to get ready for the first annual Deck the Docks!  We have so many fun things to do!  Get your tree, buy a wreath, shop for gifts, DIY crafts, Santa pics in a Dory, etc.

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Today’s Star feature:  Our “Deck Your Walls” Art Gallery (thanks to partner group seARTS!) with over 135 works. seARTS put it best:

We put out the call for art and were FLOODED with response. So the walls will be FILLED with incredible works from incredible artists from Cape Ann and [way] beyond!
It’s a perfect way to get a great gift for the holidays, support Artists and support Maritime Gloucester, and we hope you’ll join us for the show, the reception, and do some of your gift shopping in the BEST way possible!

Volunteers for the event are still needed.  Contact us at info@maritimegloucester.org if you would like to be part of this great event!

This year, buy your tree or wreath at Maritime Gloucester

We have a sleigh full of Christmas trees and wreaths coming for our Deck the Docks event!  If you’re going to buy a tree this year, get it here!  We will get you a glass of hot cider or hot cocoa, our friendly volunteers will help you pick out your tree and even load it up on your vehicle for you!  Supplies are limited,  so come early!

Lots of fun family activities and gift ideas during this 3-day event!Deck The Docks Flier - Red bg

1 = 2 #GivingTuesday at Maritime Gloucester



Want to stretch you gift giving dollar?  It’s the holidays and we all want a way to have our gifts mean more.  Well it is #GivingTuesday and Maritime Gloucester is proud to announce their new 1 = 2 Matching Gift Campaign.  For every dollar given to Maritime Gloucester during this campaign, the Amelia Peabody Foundation has agreed to match it, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000!  So your gift goes farther!  Thinking of giving?  Now is the time.  This campaign runs through the new year…but let’s see if we need that long!  Give now at http://www.maritimegloucester.org and let us know you want the 1 = 2 match!



Opening night of The Finest Hours in Boston was a brilliant show for USCG, made all the more special by Fitzgerald’s presence. The 36 Foot Motor Lifeboat was a fantastic and worthy vessel. It is a true bridge between the oared surfboat of the USLSS and the modern motored USCG boats. It was the last of the open boat where the crew was exposed to the elements at their stations. The trip of the 36500 is still considered the greatest small boat rescue in USCG history. I was fortunate to find the 36501 boat in New Bedford and to be part of the team that brought it to Hull and installed it in their Pemberton Point station. It sits there on the original rails that gravity launched these fine vessels into service when the flag went up. Definitely recommend people checking out the story of these boats and the people who manned them. You will not be dissapointed.

Good Morning Gloucester


November 15, 2018

By Beth Treffeisen

CHATHAM — The last surviving member of the Coast Guard crew aboard the motor lifeboat 36500 during the historic 1952 rescue of 32 seamen off the stricken oil tanker Pendleton rescue has died.

Andrew Fitzgerald — known as a funny, brave and reluctant hero — was 86.

“It was a dark and stormy night,” Fitzgerald would say at the start of the story about the harrowing night of Feb. 18. 1952, which forever changed his life.

As a nor’easter raged off the shores of Cape Cod, two large tankers split in half, propelling the then 20-year-old Coast Guard engineer and three other Coast Guardsmen into history on their 36-foot boat.

Facing 60-foot high seas, the four men boarded the 36500, led by coxswain Bernard Webber, and headed out into the storm to find the sinking tanker Pendleton, where 33 men waited…

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Maritime Gloucester hauling Sylvina W. Beal Wednesday

Beal Hauling invite

The community is welcome to the hauling out of the Sylvina W. Beal, Wednesday, Nov 6 from 9:30am to 11:30am at Maritime Gloucester.  This 107 year old schooner will be hauled out on the 169 year old Maritime Gloucester Railway.


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 maritimegloucester.org and http://www.biobus.org/

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