By Marjorie Nesin

 A year after drawing claps and gasps of awe at the launching of his 2011 wooden schooner, the Ardelle, Essex’s Harold Burnham has sailed into a new hall of honors.

The National Endowment for the Arts has honored Burnham as a 2012 recipient of a National Heritage Fellowship, making him one of just nine fellows to be so honored this year nationwide, according to an NEA announcement.
VIDEO: Launching the Ardelle
Harold Burnham of Essex stands on the bow of the schooner Ardelle in Gloucester. He built the wooden ship and launched her last year. Photo by Jim Vaiknoras