ESSEX-BUILT SCHOONER ARDELLE TAKES UP GLOUCESTER RESIDENCE AS HERITAGE CENTER TAKES ON NEW NAME
Sailing history will be made again in Gloucester on August 24 at 6:30 PM when the Schooner Ardelle arrives at its new home at Maritime Gloucester, formerly known as the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, on Harbor Loop.
The addition of the Ardelle to the Gloucester fleet means that two “passenger-fisherman” schooners built in a Burnham boatyard in Essex will be sailing regularly from Gloucester. It will join the Thomas E. Lannon, also built by Burnham, and launched in 1997.
The Ardelle, built and operated by Harold Burnham, will offer day and evening sails to the public.
It will also serve as a floating classroom and laboratory for the several thousand students who participate in hands-on marine science education programs at Maritime Gloucester.
Burnhams’ have been building schooners since the early 1800’s and Essex has turned out more than 4,000 of them. The traditionally built double-ended “pinky schooner” Ardelle is ‘sawn frame and trunnel fastened’ using indigenous resources, both material and labor in the tradition of the Essex boat building industry.
The 58-foot Ardelle will carry up to 49 passengers. In addition to its educational role she will offer several two-hour public trips a day and be available for charter for weddings, birthdays, family events and other special occasions.
“I could not be more proud of the people who helped build this vessel in the Essex tradition and the opportunity to sail regularly from Maritime Gloucester, which continues an historic community linkage that goes back centuries. It’s an opportunity to help people discover and value our past while also helping students develop their science and math skills and explore future opportunities that may not have previously been obvious to them,” said Harold Burnham.
Maritime Gloucester: “Oceans of Discovery, is located at 23 Harbor Loop in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Tel: 978 281 0470