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Old 09-17-2012
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Re: Please recommend sailboat museums NE US

I drive past the Essex Shipbuilding Museum almost everyday; maybe you can tell me if it is worth seeing!

Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Essex MA

It will be late in the season, but they invented fried clams there (Essex the town, not the museum itself) you should try them.

Rt 133 Essex, MA an hour north of Boston.

Why did Essex launch more two-masted vessels than any other town in the world?

How did Essex contribute to the development of the American fishing schooner?

Why were ship's caulkers so hard of hearing?
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I was just at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum this weekend. I didn't see as much of it as I would have liked since I was actually there for "Salty Dog" day (for dogs) but what I saw was very cool. It is the site of some old shipyards and they've preserved some of the stuff they used for building wooden ships back in the day. I will definitely go back and spend more time there.
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Re: Please recommend sailboat museums NE US

I am back from the trip and wanted to post a bit of feedback for someone trying a similar whirlwind tour. We arrived Thursday night in Providence and drove to Newport. Providence makes a good destination because it has an Amtrak Station, cheap rental cars, reasonable hotels and is in easy reach of Mystic and very close to Newport. On Friday, we toured Newport and The Breakers mansion in the morning and the Herreshoff Marine Museum & America's Cup Hall of Fame in the afternoon. On Friday evening, we drove to Belfast, MA. Saturday was spent touring coastal cities in Maine, visiting the Maine Maritime Museum at Bath, and the Maine Lighthouse Museum. On Sunday, we went to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Sunday evening was spent driving back to Providence. We spent all Monday at the Museum of America and the Sea. On Tuesday, we took the train to NYC and ended the sailing-related museum tour.

As you can see, we saw much in a very short period of time but couldn't see everything. It was easy to see a lot because we had the roads and museums to ourselves. That isn't exactly true but was often the case and we never had to wait. In spite of how it sounds, we didn't feel at all rushed and we didn't hurry through any of the museums. I do especially regret that we could not see the Bath Iron Works Trolley Tour but it was closed for the season.

The Lighthouse Museum was nice but we were there because it was easy and fit our schedule. The other museums are outstanding and should not be missed. I think that we were lucky to do them in the order smaller to larger but not sure that would matter. I am confident that the museums and yards we missed would also be worth visiting, we just didn't have the time.

Thanks for the advice and we hope to visit again and spend more time. If you live in the region and haven't been to these museums, go!
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