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Lowell's Boat Shop

459 Main St, Amesbury, MA 01913-4207
+1 978-834-0050
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Well worth your time!

They actually still make wood boats. The historic tour is well done and provides much information... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Martha S
18th century boat building museum on the Merrimac

Manned by volunteers who are knowledgable and clearly enjoy the work they do here. It is a self... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Salisbury, Maryland USA
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A NATIONAL LANDMARK & WORKING MUSEUM. Dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the art and craft of wooden boat building. We offer classes, exhibits, tours, repairs, boat building and more.Established in 1793, Lowell's Boat Shop is the oldest continuously operating boat shop in the United States and is cited as the birthplace of the legendary fishing dory. Lowell’s is the only remaining survivor of the area’s world-renowned dory manufacturing industry that produced in excess of a quarter of a million dories over a period of two centuries. Building more than 2000 boats in 1911, this business was one of the first in the Nation to employ a seminal form of assembly line manufacturing.With the founding of his company, Simeon Lowell made radical innovations to traditional boat design. Known for their efficiency, durability and sea worthiness, Lowell dories became the heart and soul of the Gloucester fishing fleet. In the waning days of the great fishing industry, recreational boaters turned to Lowell dories for the same qualities that attracted the fishermen. Rowing clubs, hunting camps, the Boy and Girl Scouts and the Lifesaving Service all sought Lowell dories and skiffs for their maritime experiences.Conveyed through seven generations of the Lowell family, Lowell’s Boat Shop was passed to the Odell family in the 1980’s and then to the Newburyport Maritime Society in the 1990’s. In 2006, Lowell’s was purchased by Lowell’s Maritime Foundation, an independent non-profit group with the mission of leading this National Landmark and Working Museum through its third century of wooden boat building.We urge you to Experience the Lowell Tradition by being a part of the continuing history of America’s oldest working boat shop.
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459 Main St, Amesbury, MA 01913-4207
+1 978-834-0050
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Reviewed 1 week ago

They actually still make wood boats. The historic tour is well done and provides much information. Displays emphasize the progression of the boat-making history. Parking is a little difficult, but just park along the street. It's worth a few U-turns to find a spot!! Traffic...More

Thank Martha S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Manned by volunteers who are knowledgable and clearly enjoy the work they do here. It is a self guided tour, but if you have any questions, the volunteers will be happy to engage and enlighten you.

Thank Karenkinm
Reviewed 26 June 2017

Took a guided tour of this historic boat house, built in 1793 by Simon Lowell. Our guide was well informed and could answer any questions. There is a short video at the on start of the tour that provides a quick synopsis from the beginning...More

Thank Darlene K
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Lowell's Boat Shop is the oldest continuously operating boat shop in America and reputedly the birthplace of the fishing dory.. Well worth the time to visit and explore this little gem. The boat shop still produces wooden dories and the entire shop is a living...More

Thank Brian M
Lowells1793, Lowell's Crew at Lowell's Boat Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2017

We are happy you enjoyed your visit, and hope to see you again!

Reviewed 26 February 2017

They'll show you a video that summarizes the history of the place, and it's a good one, very informative. The shop itself seems too small to have made as many boats as it apparently has (at one time). The people are extremely likeable and clearly...More

Thank Kimetra F
Reviewed 14 February 2017

An extremely interesting spot to visit that is a National Heritage site for New England boat building. It is the oldest wooden boat shop still in existence in the U.S.

Thank Kathleen T
Reviewed 14 September 2016

I grew up on the merrimack river with lowells boat shop across the street from my house. Our school and our kids schools take them to the boat shop to teach the kids how to make the old wooden boats, which they still make there.

Thank Gioia C
Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for some local history of boat making. Where better than on the Merrimack. So cool to see and know they still make boats and teach the young and older how to as well.

Thank Sharon L
Reviewed 20 August 2016

This boat shop has a long significance in our family as they resided on the Merrimack River for years. The boat shop is a real working shop that has been there since ???1700's or so ? They make incredible wooden dinghy's . Its worth the...More

Thank 713sispa
Reviewed 11 August 2016

Easy to locate , right on River. Staff informative and freindly. One can actually build a wooden dory with a few others . Old tools on display along with pictures if another past era.

Thank Emile H
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