Gloucester’s Working Waterfront

Learn about boatbuilding and see the country's oldest continuously working Marine Railway.


Sail on the Schooner Ardelle

Sails leave daily from Maritime Gloucester. Purchase tickets online below.


Sea Pocket Lab Aquarium

Touch hermit crabs, skates, sea stars and lobsters and learn about Cape Ann's coastal habitats.


Interactive Maritime Exhibits

Discover Gloucester's fishing heritage in the "Fitting Out" exhibit.

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Discover the spooky side of Maritime Gloucester!

Marine Halloween III - Tide of Planktonstein

Get ready for marine science and mad science during our third annual Marine Halloween party!  Click here for full info and registration. 

Harbor, Cleanup

Progress Report on Harbor Cleanup

As some of you know, National Grid is undertaking the cleanup of contamination in the harbor resulting from the activities of the former Gloucester Manufactured Gas Plant site which operated in the 19th and 20th century on Harbor Loop and Rogers Street. By-products from these operations resulted in releases of coal tar residue and other manufacturing by-products. More information about the historical uses of the property and the cleanup can be found here.

Preparations for the cleanup have already begun. This two-year project will have a major impact on Maritime Gloucester. Some impacts will be good -- the cleanup of coal tar residue and other contaminants in and around the harbor. Some impacts will be challenging -- the removal of our pier (Next August - 2016) to allow for the cleanup of contaminated sediments on our property. And some impacts are what we (Maritime Gloucester and the community) make of it -- namely, an educational or teaching moment to learn about contamination, risk, cleanup and maritime jobs.

This fall, our field trip season is unaffected and the Harriet Webster Pier will be fully accessible. The only material impact on our campus this year is impacted parking, and the movement of the Schooner Ardelle and the gig rowing fleet to new locations on our property. 

Read the full letter from our Executive Director here about the cleanup and its impact on Maritime Gloucester. 

Sharpen Your Pencils!

Working Writers Group at Maritime Gloucester

The next of the Working Waterfront Writers Group kicks off on October 13 at 7:30 pm.  The Gloucester Writers Center and Maritime Gloucester are offering a writers group for current and past waterfront workers led by the Writers Center’s Amanda Cook.  We will focus on writing about work, the relationship between the writer and the waterfront, and documenting particular experiences.

This is a free program, limited to 10 writers. New participants are welcome!
Please register by clicking HERE or emailing info@maritimegloucester.org.
Questions? Contact Amanda Cook at orangeamanda@yahoo.com or Melanie Murray-Brown at mmurray-brown@maritimegloucester.org.

Group meets 4 times every other Tuesday from October 13 to November 24 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

Sailing away

31st Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival

Congratulations Schooner Columbia on winning the Mayor's Cup!  

Click HERE to watch Martin Del Vecchio's aerial drone footage from this year's Parade of Sail.

Many thanks to all the schooners, crew, volunteers, and everyone who made it another great Schooner Festival!

Grooming girls for greatness

Teens from around the globe get an up close look at Gloucester.

Young women from around globe check out the Sea Pocket Touch Tank Aquarium at Maritime Gloucester Saturday as part of the Women2Women Conference.  Photo by Desi Smith.

GLOUCESTER — A group of 120 young women from all over the globe descended on the Maritime Gloucester museum Saturday afternoon to learn all about marine science, the local fishing industry, and what it's like to be a female sea captain.

The point of the program was to help inspire these young women — ages 15 to 19 — and assure them they can have a place among the next generation of influential chemists, biologists, engineers, mathematicians — even seafarers, if that's their dream.

Read the full article from the Gloucester Daily Times.

Preparing Our Next Generation

2014 Annual Report

Feel good about spending!

Support Maritime Gloucester while you shop.

Amazon will donate a portion of your online purchases to Maritime Gloucester - at no extra cost to you!   Simply click the link to designate Maritime Gloucester as your AmazonSmile partner.  Once is all it takes and Maritime Gloucester will benefit from all eligible Amazon purchases.