We hope to resume our summer programs in 2021.

Coastal Explorers

Through these week-long programs students will learn to sail a traditional Gloucester fishing schooner while participating in exciting hands-on marine science and maritime heritage explorations at Maritime Gloucester and along the coast of the North Shore.

 Students will spend their first two days at Maritime Gloucester exploring topics in marine science and maritime heritage in MG’s labs, aquarium and in the field. Over the next three days we will board the Schooner Ardelle and sail off to a new destination. Whether it’s to climb the lighthouse on Thacher's Island and learn about nesting seabirds, navigate to Dry Salvages to see seals up close, or explore an island with tide pools & a shipwreck, fun and good times will be had with every day a new adventure!

Sign on as crew aboard the Schooner Ardelle and voyage to ports and islands along the North Shore in search of adventure and excitement. Students will participate in all areas of shipboard life, such as plotting courses, hauling sails, tying knots, and handling the vessel. Opportunities for leadership and teamwork abound during this week-long adventure program, as students become more confident in their skills, they will take the lead in planning and carrying out daily expeditions.

COASTAL EXPLORERS - Sailing and Science 

Ages 8-11

July 15-19, 2019

$400 Maritime Gloucester members/$450 non-members


Ages 12-15

July 29 - August 2, 2019

$400 Maritime Gloucester members/$450 non-members


Maritime Explorers - NEW in 2019!

Join us for an exciting week of programming in collaboration with Maritime Gloucester, Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Lowell's Boat Shop, Schooner Ardelle and Schooner Adventure. This week will bring history alive as participants learn about the northshore's rich maritime heritage while participating in engaging hands on learning activities and on the water recreation. 

The week will start at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum where participants will make trunnels and steam bend wood as they learn about what it took to build a ship in the age of sail. 

Tuesday will be spent on the Maritime Gloucester campus learning what it took to fit out a fishing schooner sailing from Gloucester harbor. 

Wednesday will be spent aboard the Schooner Ardelle where participants will learn about the evolution of fishing techniques and boat design as they sail an Essex pinky schooner. 

Thursday will be spent at Lowell's Boat Shop where participants will get hands-on experience learning about traditional tools and building techniques while working on a dory, then they will have the opportunity to row, and set a trawl as fishermen would have when fishing the Grand Banks. The week ends aboard the Schooner Adventure where participants will learn the ropes aboard a large Essex built, Gloucester fishing schooner where they will learn about what it would take to plan and execute an offshore fishing trip. 

Each day will begin at Maritime Gloucester and participants will travel to the day's activity from there. 


Ages 11-15

August 5-9, 2019

$400 Maritime Gloucester members/$450 non-members