Gloucester’s Working Waterfront

The Gloucester waterfront is made accessible to the public on the Harriet Webster Pier! Visit today to see the country’s oldest continually active Marine Railway.


Sail on the Schooner Ardelle

Come sail on the Maritime Gloucester flagship schooner, the Ardelle. Sailing daily, check our calendar for the schedule.


Sea Pocket Lab Aquarium - Newly renovated

The best local species aquarium on the North Shore just got better. Check it out!


The Evolution of the Fishing Schooner

The Gorton Seafood Gallery and the newly refreshed Stellwagen Bank Exhibit are open now!

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Volunteer Open House

Join our Team!

Schooners or schooling fish, tradition or innovation  - whatever your interests, use your talents to bring our mission to the public!

Join us for an open house. Meet with Executive Director, Michael De Koster and our team of docent and volunteer coordinators.

Wednesday, September 26th from 6:00 to 8:00. Click here to sign up so we know to expect you. 

Gloucester Gig Rowers

Gloucester Harbor Race 2018

Annual Rowing Harbor Race.  We welcome pilot gigs, whaleboats, dories, and other traditional rowing craft.  This is a  3+ mile triangular course in historic Gloucester harbor.

$35 per person includes lunch. Register before September 1st and get a hat too! A signed waiver form is required to complete your registration. Visit the Gig-Rowers Harbor Race page for  the form and for more information.  Click here to register for the race. Click here for a PDF of the registration form to be filled out and returned (directions are on the form).

A word from Daisy Nell

Honoring Amanda Madeira

There was a new award at this year’s Gloucester Schooner Festival: The Amanda Madeira Award for the George Nichols Cup, for the women at the wheel for the races on Sunday. When I envisioned the inclusion of an award for women skippers, the role model I had in mind was, of course, Amanda. The George Nichols Cup was originally offered by his wife Ann, after Dr. Nichols passed away in 1989. The award, a beautiful silver trophy that resides in the Gorton Schooner Gallery at Maritime Gloucester, was for outstanding seamanship, to be presented at the Schooner Festival each year. The award was not necessarily offered every year, being one of those awards that only need be presented when the circumstances called for it. Ann Nichols concurred that George would not have wanted us to award it unless there was an outstanding candidate.

This year, I suggested to Ann that we repurpose this award for women skippers during the schooner races, a suggestion which she wholeheartedly supported. Amanda Madeira had worked for George Nichols on Regina Maris many years ago, and, early on exhibited leadership and skills that led to her many years as captain and Education Programs director on the Schooner Ernestina, among many other significant vessels, including the Bowdoin, Corwith Cramer, Harvey Gamage, Highlander Sea (formerly Pilot), and When & If.

When I first met Amanda in 1985, she was the captain of a schooner chartering out of Gloucester, the Norfolk Rover. She and I became friends, as I was with the only other schooner chartering at that time, with Morning Star. I’m older than Amanda, but my first instinct was to wish that I could be Amanda when I grew up. What a superior person, in so many ways, and the ideal role model for men and women who aspire to take the helm.

As an educator, artist, captain and friend, I am honored to name the new award: The Amanda Madeira Award for the George Nichols Cup, to be awarded each year for the women at the wheel for the Gloucester Schooner Festival.

To this year’s winning skippers: Jill Hughes on Hindu, Christy Phillips on Voyager, and Leigh Woodling on Maryland's Adventure, congratulations. And congratulations to Amanda for establishing the standard!

Daisy Nell - Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee Chair

Schooner Festival

Labor Day Weekend festivities

Congratulations to our hometown schooner, Adventure, on winning the Esperanto Cup in the Mayor's Race in our 34th annual Gloucester Schooner Festival.  She's fast and she's beautiful with a storied past - a real Gloucester gal! Click here for complete race results.

The Festival honors the major role the fishing schooner has played in the heritage of Gloucester and the eastern seaboard.  We were thrilled this year to welcome the Bluenose II, the Columbia, and dozens of schooners!

This year's Festival was made more accessible and community-focused by our major sponsor, Beauport Hospitality Group. Many thanks to all of our corporate sponsors and local businesses for helping to fund this weekend!

Visit the www.gloucesterschoonerfestival.net for more information or to see photos (like the one above by Carl Gustin). 

Viking Ship in Gloucester


Stuart Boyd had a dream to build a Viking boat. Built in Washington State, the Polaris traveled cross-country with a stop at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum for some finish work. She will be docked this summer on our Harriet Webster Pier. For more information or to book a trip, please visit their website, norsvald.com.



Join today!

Membership to Maritime Gloucester is more than just a yearly commitment to our organization. You are part of the team! Join today as a new member, renew your support by signing up again this year, or give the gift of membership as a great holiday gift giving idea.

Members receive:

Unlimited admission to Exhibits, Aquarium & Children’s Drop-in Programs

10% discount in the Museum Shop and sails on the Schooner Ardelle

Special $20 tickets on Ardelle’s Tuesday sails

Invitations to special Members-Only Events

Reduced tuition on programs & classes

Discount to rent our site for Special Events & Parties

Newsletters, announcements and special reports

Opportunity to join our community Gig Rowing Program

Click here to join on-line

Annual Appeal


Please give generously to our Annual Fund. Your tax-deductible contributions help us welcome visitors, students and educators to our facility and continue our educational outreach, keep the stories and activities of our maritime heritage alive and inspire new ocean leaders! Thank you for making this all possible with your gift. 

Click here to donate online.

Field Trip Season

Plan your next trip with us

Field trip programming is available to school groups, homeschool, afterschool, and enrichment programs during weekday hours from 8:30am-5:00pm.

Our programs can accommodate group sizes up to 75 students on-shore or 30 students aboard the Schooner Ardelle. For groups over 75 students, we are happy to collaborate with other local museums and attractions to provide joint programming.

To learn about program options and pricing click HERE.

Calling all Docents

History Buff? People Person? Join our Docent Team!

Maritime Gloucester seeks volunteer docents for our galleries and waterfront campus. Docents conduct tours and generally engage with our visitors.Training will be provided with opportunities to shadow current docents. Ideal candidates should be cheerful, curious, strong public speakers, and have knowledge and interest in Cape Ann’s maritime history and culture. If you are interested, please email volunteer@maritimegloucester.org.

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