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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.
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.
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