On my way home from from Gloucester, I drove past the Essex Shipbuilding Museum and had to stop and take a look.  What an incredible place this is, full of history and wonderful examples from the shipbuilding industry that helped shape this coastal community.  According to their website, “The Essex Shipbuilding Museum tells the extraordinary story of a small New England village that built more two-masted wooden fishing schooners than any other place in the world.”

The first shot is of the bow of the Evelina M Goulart, an 83 foot fishing schooner.  She was built in in Essex at the A.D. Story shipyard in 1927, and was used until the 1980s for swordfishing and later as a fishing dragger.   She fished out of Gloucester and New Bedford from 1927 until about 1985, when she was damaged by Hurricane Gloria, limped back to Fairhaven Harbor, and eventually sank at her dock.  She was pulled from the bottom and gifted to the museum.

She is now kept under an open shed, and obviously has deteriorated quite a bit.  I’m not sure what plans the museum has to possibly refurbish or rebuild her, but it’s a beautiful ship regardless, even in its current condition.

In addition to this ship, there are antique shipbuilding tools, photographs, documents, and exhibits for visitors to explore.

Here are a few more shots including a close-up of the ship’s hull and a look inside an old tool shed full of interesting equipment and tools.

Lastly, I tried to get one image of the entire ship, but I don’t own a fisheye lens which may have been able to get the whole thing in a single frame.  So instead, I created the four shot panorama below.  It’s obviously incredibly distorted because I had to stand so close when taking each shot (there is very little room on either side of the ship).  For some reason though, I think it looks pretty cool, and I thought I’d include it with this post.

I can’t wait to get back there to explore this place again sometime very soon.