Established in 1793, Lowell’s Boat Shop is the oldest operating boat shop in America.
“A National Historic Landmark and working museum, Lowell’s is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the art and craft of wooden boat building.”
Watch the new mini documentary FORE & AFT about our Apprentice William
FORE & AFT, a new mini-documentary produced by Gusto, a Matter Company.
Matter donated the time and resources of its talented Gusto team to bring this captivating story to life. The team poured their hearts into the film, which represents 18+ months of collaboration and hard work in the making.
Join us for the Mighty Merrimack Rowing Race and Fall Haul Lawn Party
Saturday, October 21
Pre-registration: $25.00 per person; $10.00 Youth (under 18)
Day of race: $30 per person MMRR t-shirts will be given to each registrant while supplies last.
Schedule on Race Day
11:00 Registration/check in at Lowell’s Boat Shop
12:00 Pre-race Meeting
12:30 Start of race at Lowell’s Boat shop
1:00-2:00 Finish at Lowell’s Boat Shop
12:00-3:00 Fall Haul Celebration at Lowell’s
music by Stellwagen, food, refreshments, and awards
Classes will be determined based on entries;
gigs and traditional rowing craft strongly encouraged.
BOATS FOR SALE
UPCOMING PROGRAMS & EVENTS
Order your own custom made Lowell boat. We continue to build our full line of dories and skiffs as we have for more than two centuries.
Lowell's Maritime Foundation Annual Meeting Oct 18
Join us Oct 18th at 6 PM for our Anuual Meeting. We will have refreshments, fill you in on the year past and the year to come, and have a screening of “Fore & Aft” a new documentary about Lowell’s and our apprentice William.
Youth enrolled in these after-school programs work alongside the Museum’s professional staff to learn the skills and art of boat building. Apprentice Programs are tiered according to age, interest, time availability, and prior experience. By participating as apprentices for three or more months, students have the experience of building or repairing traditional wooden boats. Most apprentice-built boats remain at the Boat Shop to be used in future educational programs. Students are rewarded with the rare opportunity to learn a traditional craft while simultaneously being taught core STEAM concepts as they gain knowledge about maritime and regional history.
Shelburne Dory Heritage Project
This May and June a team of boatbuilders and historians including Lowell’s director Graham McKay traveled to the Shelburne (Nova Scotia) dory shop to build a dory with master builder Milford Buchanan. Ultimately the process will be recorded and published