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“American alive”
Review of Lowell's Boat Shop

Lowell's Boat Shop
Ranked #2 of 13 things to do in Amesbury
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Owner description: 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.
Exeter, New Hampshire
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“American alive”
Reviewed 2 February 2014 via mobile

Visit the home of the Amesbury Dory, a style of boat that feed a young nation, saved mariners in peril, taught people to sail, and gave citizens recreational pastimes. A working museum, the the craft of wooden boat making lives on and is passed down. Even try your had at rowing a dory in the warmer seasons.

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Newbury, MA
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“boat making before your eyes”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Must see for boat people and woodworkers of every kind. Historic boat building shop, oldest continuously running in the country. Their products are of the finest quality. Location is smack on the river, with their boats in the water. Spectacular place. Part museum, part active workshop. Classes and much more. A rare place. You'll always remember it. Have lunch at Andyman's or dinner at Ristorante Molise. Drive by the Rocky Hill Meeting House.

Visited June 2013
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NEWBURYPORT, MA
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“LOWELL BOAT SHOP GREAT PIECE OF HISTORY”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

They have the warmest and really wonderful Christmas party with food, gifts and fantastic music. Santa makes an appearance too! Beautiful location facing the Merrimac River. Great to become a member for summer months. Supports a beautiful art -- wooden boats beautifully made. They have the MOST beautiful window boxes too -- made from the same wood for the boats.

Visited December 2012
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Newburyport
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“In awe”
Reviewed 1 May 2013

The oldest boat makers in the country, it is a national site. Visit if you get the chance. Memorabilia from whaling days, and you can take a dory out to row. A fun and interesting time in a beautiful section of Amesbury: right on the Merrimac River.

Visited April 2013
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Amesbury, Massachusetts
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“A must see in Amesbury!”
Reviewed 9 April 2013

I love this place. I love watching people row boats down the river. I LOVE they are STILL making boats there! Great place to bring the entire family!

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