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.”
Shelburne Dory Heritage Project
This May and June a team of boatbuilders and historians including Lowell’s director Graham McKay will be traveling to the Shelburne dory shop to build a dory with master builder Milford Buchanan. Ultimately the process will be recorded and published
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.
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