Clamming in The Boat We Built

The Essex Shipbuilding Museum took a group of students, from Topsfield Vocational Academy,  that built the clamming skiff on a  trip last Friday.  They left from Conomo Point and rowed the clam skiff, with two of the museums fleet of Sharptown barges to two clam flats (Seal Bank and Town Nub), where the students learned how to clam with a fork and by hand. Their teacher Mark Webster and professional clammer and project partner Ian MacDougall, of Hermit Crab Industries, showed the students how to harvest the clams.  When they had dug enough clams (soft-shell and razor), they had a clambake on the flats followed by a row back to Conomo Point. A great way to end a tremendous project, they built the boat and then put it to work.

Arts Festival In The Shipyard

Join us at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum on September the 21st, from 4 PM to 7, for the 6th Annual Arts Festival In The Shipyard.

There will be a local art show and sale, makers table, lots of creative activities, food, music and fun for all the family. Activities include block printing, painted sails, shell painting, sharptown rowing and more.

Artists: To submit art for the exhibition and sale please visit the event website for registration details: https://www.essexshipbuilding.org/details-of-next-events

The Great Rowing Adventure

Join us for the Great Rowing Adventure- the first collaborative rowing program with Lowell’s Boat Shop and the Essex Shipbuilding Museum! The program starts on Thursday, September 12, with a tour of Lowell’s Boat Shop. Then to Plum Island to board the rowing vessels, a Surf Dory built at Lowell’s and two Sharptown row boats built at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. From the Joppa Flats, we will wend our way through the marsh and creeks ending the first day at Steep Hill Beach on the Crane Estate; a delicious meal will be provided in the Pine Grove, where we will camp for the night.

Next morning,  we will get back into the boats to begin the magical journey through Fox Creek into Essex Bay stopping for lunch along the way. By afternoon we will be closing in on the end of our journey as we make our way up the Essex River to the Essex Shipbuilding Museum to learn about the 350 year tradition of shipbuilding in Essex. The finale of the trip is a dinner at a local Essex restaurant.

For more information visit: https://www.essexshipbuilding.org/museum-store/great-rowing-adventure

Join The Great Rowing Adventure !

Join the Essex Shipbuilding Museum and Lowell’s Boat Shop for the Great Rowing Adventure- the first collaborative rowing program with Lowell’s Boat Shop and the Essex Shipbuilding Museum!

The program starts on Thursday, September 12, with a tour of Lowell’s Boat Shop, the oldest operating boat shop in America. We will then drive to Plum Island to board the rowing vessels, a Surf Dory built at Lowell’s and two Sharptown row boats built at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. From the Joppa Flats, we will wend our way through the marsh and creeks in Plum Island Sound, with a stop for lunch and a swim. We will end the first day at Steep Hill Beach on the Crane Estate; a delicious meal will be provided in the Pine Grove, where we will camp for the night.

Early the next morning, after breakfast in the Pine Grove,  we will get back into the boats to begin the magical journey through Fox Creek into Essex Bay stopping for lunch along the way. By afternoon we will be closing in on the end of our journey as we make our way up the Essex River to the Essex Shipbuilding Museum to learn about the 350 year tradition of shipbuilding in Essex. The finale of the trip is a dinner at a local Essex restaurant.

For more information and reservations on this incredible adventure click below: https://www.essexshipbuilding.org/museum-store/great-rowing-adventure