Lowell's Boat Shop

Lowell's Boat Shop A National Historic Landmark and working museum dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the art and craft of wooden boat building.
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04/21/2020

Knot tying

Join us at 11 today April 21 for a Facebook LIVE tutorial on tying knots.  Have a piece of line ready!
04/21/2020

Join us at 11 today April 21 for a Facebook LIVE tutorial on tying knots. Have a piece of line ready!

04/14/2020

Splicing Line

Learn to splice TODAY Tuesday at 11 am Check out our page at 11 today April 14 for a Facebook live tutorial on ...
04/14/2020

Learn to splice TODAY Tuesday at 11 am
Check out our page at 11 today April 14 for a Facebook live tutorial on splicing line!

This one is ready for paint and varnish.  We mostly use paint from @kirbypaintco another heritage family owned and opera...
04/08/2020

This one is ready for paint and varnish. We mostly use paint from @kirbypaintco another heritage family owned and operated business in New Bedford. This little beauty is headed for Connecticut! @ Lowell's Boat Shop

04/07/2020

Lowell’s Boat Shop history tour

Jeff talking over plans and ideas for launching the shallop before the world turned upside down.  We can’t wait to get b...
04/04/2020

Jeff talking over plans and ideas for launching the shallop before the world turned upside down. We can’t wait to get back to work with @lbsapprenticeship to finish this project and get her in the water. Hope you’re all staying safe out there. We are hoping to do a Facebook live history tour on Tuesday, stay tuned for details

03/31/2020

Tour of projects at Lowell's Boat Shop

Found this carved into a wall of the shop today as I was looking for some lumber.  Joe was an apparent here back in 2013...
03/30/2020

Found this carved into a wall of the shop today as I was looking for some lumber. Joe was an apparent here back in 2013 and he left his mark where so many other have over the years. It’s in no way vandalism, it’s a feeling of ownership which we hope all apprentices end up with. We are still writing the history of the shop every day and this is part of it. A few inches away I wrote my own name and the date and noted the COVID 19 shutdown. All around the shop are notes of great snowstorms and hot days and the like. It’s just a small part of the history that’s alive here
Join us tomorrow at 11 am for a Facebook live tour of the shop!

03/25/2020

All of our boats gets HIN Hull Identification Number
Here we are burning a number into a dory, LMR Is our builder code, 00717 is the sequential number since we started numbering boats this way in 1977, E is the month (this boat will deliver in May 🤞) 0 is the last digit of the year and 20 are the last two digits of the year. This boat, LMR00717E020 is headed to Florida

Got a COVID 19 escape vehicle in the water at high tide today!
03/25/2020

Got a COVID 19 escape vehicle in the water at high tide today!

Today’s projects....putting the finishing touches on a 20’ surf dory and a 13’ Amesbury skiff and fitting new Garboards ...
03/20/2020

Today’s projects....putting the finishing touches on a 20’ surf dory and a 13’ Amesbury skiff and fitting new Garboards on a dory from the 1930s that belongs to our sailmaker @nathaniel_s_wilson_sailmaker
Stay safe out there! @ Lowell's Boat Shop

It was brought to my attention yesterday by @kirbypaintco that Lowell’s was here and survived the 1820 cholera epidemic,...
03/19/2020

It was brought to my attention yesterday by @kirbypaintco that Lowell’s was here and survived the 1820 cholera epidemic, the 1920 Spanish flu, and will survive the 2020 Corona Virus. We will try to keep our fans engaged with a daily post as we are all stuck in our homes! Stay tuned!

@mayflower_sails2020 ・・・In light of the current public health crisis related to COVID-19, recent guidance issued by Mass...
03/17/2020

@mayflower_sails2020
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In light of the current public health crisis related to COVID-19, recent guidance issued by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s office regarding public gatherings and recommendations by the CDC, Mayflower Sails 2020 is being postponed.
Like many large public events during this challenging time, the organizers of Mayflower Sails 2020 are in uncharted territory and will take time to determine the appropriate course of action that is in the best interest of the health, safety and well-being of the public.
We are grateful to our partners for their immediate willingness to accommodate these difficult circumstances. Safety is our top priority. Once this rapidly evolving situation stabilizes, we look forward to inviting the public to experience this iconic ship and the many stories it represents.
For anyone who has reserved free tickets to the event, Mayflower Sails 2020 asks that you hold onto them. The organization will update ticketholders and the public via email and its website (www.MayflowerSails2020.com) as soon as possible with new information. #mayflowersails2020 ✨
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Join us Wednesday night for a history of one of this nation’s first warships built just down the street from Lowell’s!  ...
03/09/2020

Join us Wednesday night for a history of one of this nation’s first warships built just down the street from Lowell’s! Come at 6 for food, talk begins at 7 at Michaels harborside

If you are in the greater Los Angeles area tomorrow night come here Lowell’s Boat Shop boatbuilder and executive directo...
02/13/2020

If you are in the greater Los Angeles area tomorrow night come here Lowell’s Boat Shop boatbuilder and executive director @grahamamckay speak about passing along the history and legacy of Lowell’s
Visit @craftinamerica for details and to reserve a spot

Highlights from the Herreshoff-Haffenreffer collection.  A talk by @eaansel Evelyn AnselTONIGHT a 7 at Michaels Harborsi...
02/05/2020

Highlights from the Herreshoff-Haffenreffer collection. A talk by @eaansel Evelyn Ansel
TONIGHT a 7 at Michaels Harborside in Newburyport
Free and open to the public

#Repost @billthomasmaker ・・・Up early on a 5* morning , burrrr, and off to @lowellsboatshop  to teach a woodworking class...
01/19/2020

#Repost @billthomasmaker
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Up early on a 5* morning , burrrr, and off to @lowellsboatshop to teach a woodworking class. Outside the frozen river crawled towards the sea. Inside it was warm, well much warmer then outside and we worked on lots of new skills. And of course, at the end of the day “always be knolling”. #lowellsboatshop #woodworking #woodworkingclasses #vwtransporter #syncro #vwsyncro #maker #alwaysbeknolling

01/16/2020

locust logs getting milled up today, these will be stems and frames for next years boats! It’s said to be as hard as woodpecker lips and will last one day longer than granite

Introduction to woodworking class. If you have little to no experience this class is for you. Learn the basics of woodwo...
01/07/2020

Introduction to woodworking class. If you have little to no experience this class is for you. Learn the basics of woodworking and tool use while building yourself a toolbox. Link in bio for more info and sign up

Boatbuilder Frank Morrill used to allow neighborhood kids to hang around the shop in the first half of the last century....
01/07/2020

Boatbuilder Frank Morrill used to allow neighborhood kids to hang around the shop in the first half of the last century. According to lifelong Amesbury resident David Bailey, Morrill would write your name on a piece of scrap and nail it to the wall if you were a neighborhood kid who was deemed ‘OK’ and had run of the shop. We are carrying on this tradition with our Apprentices. To see what they are up to give them a follow @lbsapprenticeship

Join us Saturday, February 18 from 9am-2pm and Sunday, January 19 from 9am-1pm for our Tools and Woodworking Class! This...
01/03/2020

Join us Saturday, February 18 from 9am-2pm and Sunday, January 19 from 9am-1pm for our Tools and Woodworking Class! This class is meant for those who are new to tool use and woodworking, and will give them a good foundation on which to build their skillset. Link in the description!

Join us Saturday, February 18 from 9am-2pm and Sunday, January 19 from 9am-1pm for our Tools and Woodworking Class! This...
01/03/2020

Join us Saturday, February 18 from 9am-2pm and Sunday, January 19 from 9am-1pm for our Tools and Woodworking Class! This class is meant for those who are new to tool use and woodworking, and will give them a good foundation on which to build their skillset. Link in the description!

We are selling Christmas trees, wreaths, and all of our gift items now through Christmas, come by m-f 10-5 or call us to...
12/09/2019

We are selling Christmas trees, wreaths, and all of our gift items now through Christmas, come by m-f 10-5 or call us to get your Christmas shopping done and support a great cause!

12/07/2019

Come see Santa at Lowell’s Boat shop 12-1 Saturday and Sunday during our annual Holiday Open House!

Come Join Us!
11/22/2019

Come Join Us!

@lbsapprenticeship is a new account set up and managed by our high school apprentices highlighting their work.  Give the...
11/07/2019

@lbsapprenticeship is a new account set up and managed by our high school apprentices highlighting their work. Give them a follow and keep up with their progress!
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This is the Lowell’s Boat shop apprenticeship program official Instagram account. We will be posting photos and videos of the progress we have made on boats and around the shop.

Check us out in @atlasobscura Great article that really captures the essence of Lowell’sLink in bio to story
10/24/2019

Check us out in @atlasobscura
Great article that really captures the essence of Lowell’s
Link in bio to story

We are currently accepting applications for our after school apprentice program for ages 13-18.  Applicants need to be a...
09/23/2019

We are currently accepting applications for our after school apprentice program for ages 13-18. Applicants need to be able to demonstrate an interest and desire to participate and be self motivated to learn. Visit our website for details and applications. The schedule is Tue-Thurs after school to 5:30.

Gundalow sails from Lowell’s today and tomorrow!For tickets visit the Gundalow website https://www.gundalow.org
09/09/2019

Gundalow sails from Lowell’s today and tomorrow!
For tickets visit the Gundalow website
https://www.gundalow.org

Looking for motivated students age 13-18 for our after school apprentice program.  Three days a week after school Oct-Ma...
09/04/2019

Looking for motivated students age 13-18 for our after school apprentice program. Three days a week after school Oct-May. Learn hands on skills and how to work on boats. See website or call shop for details.

An international launching!  Congratulations to James Delaney of Ireland for launching his Amesbury Skiff built from our...
08/27/2019

An international launching! Congratulations to James Delaney of Ireland for launching his Amesbury Skiff built from our plans. Great work Shay!

Sail aboard the Harvey Gamage for the Gloucester Schooner Festival.3 & 5 Day overnight sails and day sails available Lin...
08/24/2019

Sail aboard the Harvey Gamage for the Gloucester Schooner Festival.
3 & 5 Day overnight sails and day sails available
Link in Bio for details !

Link in bio for info and tix
08/16/2019

Link in bio for info and tix

Link in bio for info and tickets
08/14/2019

Link in bio for info and tickets

Join the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for a 50s style cocktail party tomorrow night! A few tix left!  Cocktails, mah jongg and ...
07/17/2019

Join the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for a 50s style cocktail party tomorrow night! A few tix left! Cocktails, mah jongg and a maybe even live comedy!
Link in bio for tix

Congratulations to the Gloucester Gig Rowers and Jeff Lenihan for winning their classes in the #blackburnchallenge in tw...
07/15/2019

Congratulations to the Gloucester Gig Rowers and Jeff Lenihan for winning their classes in the #blackburnchallenge in two boats built by @lowellsboatshop ! @ Gloucester, Massachusetts

Cocktails With Mrs. Maisel!Thursday July 18th, 6pm-8pm Join us at Lowell’s Boat Shop for some 50's-style fun!The party s...
07/14/2019

Cocktails With Mrs. Maisel!
Thursday July 18th, 6pm-8pm

Join us at Lowell’s Boat Shop for some 50's-style fun!
The party starts at 5:30 for those who want to get a little a row on the Merrimack in one of the boats featured in Season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Tickets include a signature cocktail (bar service starts at 6PM), and delicious 1950's-recipe appetizers from Shindig catering. Wine, beer and the evening's cocktail will be available for purchase as well. Fifties attire encouraged!
Link in bio for tix

Navigating by Seguin Island this morning aboard the @harveygamage with @lowellsboatshop
07/10/2019

Navigating by Seguin Island this morning aboard the @harveygamage with @lowellsboatshop

Out on Jeffrey’s with the tall ship week for teens!  Not much wind and some shy whales but lots of smiles!
07/09/2019

Out on Jeffrey’s with the tall ship week for teens! Not much wind and some shy whales but lots of smiles!

#Repost @harveygamage with @get_repost・・・We left @maritimegloucester today with students and chaperones representing bot...
07/08/2019

#Repost @harveygamage with @get_repost
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We left @maritimegloucester today with students and chaperones representing both @lowellsboatshop and @brooklynboat. This group will spend the next week searching for #whales and learning #sailtraining before ending their program back in Portland. Fair winds to all aboard!

Meet the newest member of our team.  We are psyched to have Mike joining us fresh from the Mayflower project at Mystic t...
07/03/2019

Meet the newest member of our team. We are psyched to have Mike joining us fresh from the Mayflower project at Mystic to help get us caught up on our projects!

#Repost @bostonglobe ・・・At Lowell's Boat Shop on the banks of the Merrimack River in Amesbury, apprentices Lokys Saffo (...
06/26/2019

#Repost @bostonglobe
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At Lowell's Boat Shop on the banks of the Merrimack River in Amesbury, apprentices Lokys Saffo (climbing at left), Jacob Cross (crouching at right) and Somi Udin (standing) work on the recreation of the wooden shallop used as the landing craft from the Mayflower. The 33-foot shallop is a reimagining of the small, open boat that brought the Pilgrims ashore from the anchored Mayflower in 1620. This summer, the boatbuilders and apprentices who climb into its belly and squat under its hull are restoring the vessel for next year’s 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s arrival in the New World. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

Check out this two-day rowing program for kids! Coming up next month!
06/12/2019
Castaways 2019 - An Adventure for Kids! Session 1

Check out this two-day rowing program for kids! Coming up next month!

What does it take to survive on an island in the middle of the mighty Merrimack? Join us on this Castaways adventure to find out! Each day we'll row from Lowell's Boat Shop downriver to High Rock, where we'll make landfall and practice our survival skills such as shelter building, tracking, and wild...

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459 Main St
Amesbury, MA
01913

Opening Hours

Tuesday 11:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 16:00
Thursday 11:00 - 16:00
Friday 11:00 - 16:00
Saturday 11:00 - 16:00

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(978) 834-0050

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Thanks for posting this picture, my grandfather, Sam Smith, is in the overalls...he built boats at Lowell's from 1911 until his death in 1963...
Thank you Lowell's Boat Shop for our incredible tree! Best deal in town and it supports local culture, history & business. Win-win-win!
Plymouth Plantation Shallop getting ready for renovation for the plantation 400th anniversary in 2020
Your woodworking workshop was terrific and inspired my gingerbreading this year:
Pure red, white and blue!
The Craig Ryder sailing on Northwood Lake
The Craig Ryder.
Saw this during my family’s visit to this amazing shop this morning. Teaching the younger generation how to sail. Just thought I’d share. Thanks again for what you folks are doing.
A picture i took from the Piscataqua prior to a sunset cruise yesterday
The Gundalow, based in Portsmouth, visiting the boat shop and available for tours