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Boothbay Harbor Shipyard specializes in the design and construction of wooden vessels and offers a complete range of marine-related repairs and service for all vessel types. The yard was selected as the 2007 Employer of the Year by the Maine Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc. The project gallery highlights some of our ongoing and completed work.

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Liberator is a training ship for the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, on the north side of Long Island, New York.  The Liberator was launched in the summer of 2011 after months of repair including a new stem, bow planking, deck structure,  re-coppering of bow, sheathing the bow in 1/4" stainless steel, renewing port and starboard hips and new engine heads.

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Built: 1929 in Scotland
Designer: William Fife & Sons
Builder: William Fife & Sons
LOA: 85'

This classic spent a Maine winter having her hull and support systems reviewed and upgraded. The next phase of this projec was the complete refastening of her hull planking. For more details see the Shipyard Log posting of May 23, 2008.   Watch the VIDEO of the refit and refastening of Belle Aventure at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard.

Belle Aventure was the winner of the Professionally Restored 1st Place at the 19th Annual WoodenBoat Show in 2010.

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Built: 1894
Builder: James & Tarr Yard, Essex, MA
LOA: 156

The official vessel of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Ernestina, ex-Effie M. Morrissey is a National Historic Landmark. Originally a fishing vessel at the Grand Banks, the Ernestina has ventured to Greenland and to the Arctic, 600 miles from the North Pole. In 1986, the Ernestina began her career as a sailing school ship, living history museum, and cultural ambassador. After arriving in June at the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, the Ernestina began a three-month restoration period. The ship will undergo work to the bow and will return for two other yard periods for work to the midship and stern as funds are acquired.

 Watch an audio SLIDESHOW on the rebuild.

See the Shipyard Log for July 16, 2008

Watch a VIDEO news release from NECN

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Built: 2006
Designer: Tri-coastal Marine - Richmond, CA
LOA: 50'

The Discovery is a re-creation of the smallest of three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607 and, along with the Susan Constant and Godspeed, is an exhibit at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia operated by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. The $1.97-million Discovery was built for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation by Boothbay Harbor Shipyard in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.  For more information see the  Shipyard Log.
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Built: 1905 New York-30, Hull #1
Designer: Nathanael G. Herreshoff
Builder: Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. Bristol, Rhode Island
LOA: 43'

The extensive six-month rehabilitation of the Alera began the day after the yard celeb rated the yacht's 100th birthday on January 3, 2005.

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Built: 2008
Designer: Olin Stephen at Sparkman and Stephens.Inc
Builder: Team at Museum of Yachting
LOA: 6 meters

The CHEROKEE is being built by a team led by Boothbay Harbor's Yacht Designer and general manager, David Stimson. David is the general manager of the team at Museum of Yachting. It is part of an exhibit of Sparkman and Stephens Inc . On Long Island Sound, in the 1930's, one very popular yacht was the 6-meter racing yacht. Sparkman and Stephens, Inc (S&S) designed 39 of these yachts. Two of these 39 stood out as exemplary: CHEROKEE and JILL. For more general information go to the posting on the 

Shipyard Log on June 22, 2008 You can follow the construction of the project at the   CHEROKEE blog

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Built: 2006 Spoondrift 36
Designer: Stimson Marine
Builder: Boothbahy Harbor Shipyard
LOA: 36'

Design and construction of a new passenger schooner
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Built: 1927
Designer: Charles Riggin
Builder: Dorchester, New Jersey on the Morris River
LOA: 89 deck and 120 sparred

We repaired the extensive damage to the bow after it was carried in harms way so it could be ready for the 2008 Tall Ship season. See the June 5, 2008 Shipyard Log for more information.

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Built: 1942
Builder: Smith and Rhuland in Lunenburg, NS
LOA: 142

The Sherman Zwicker is the last remaining auxiliary fishing schooner and has all of its main original features still intact and operational.  Originally a Grand Banks fishing boat, the Sherman Zwicker is often seen at the Tall Ship P.arades.  She was just at the  shipyard for minor repairs.
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Built: 1902 three-masted barquentine
Designer: Attributed to Henry the Navigator
Builder: J.M. Mendes, Setubal, Portugal
LOA: 177'

Inspection maintenance and routine haul out

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The tugboat Lucinda/Smith, owned by Smith Marine Engineering, John and Cindy Smith, is getting an engine replacement. More information at the  Shipyard Log July 12, 2008


Watch the VIDEO on the Lucinda Smith Tugboat.

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Built: 1973
Builder: Harvey F. Gamage on the Damariscotta River
LOA: 135"

In December of 1993, Harvey Gamage was purchased by a non-profit educational organization in Bath, Maine that evolved into the Ocean Classroom Foundation (OCF) of today. Harvey Gamage is now devoted exclusively to sea education programming, while still following her traditional route between New England and the Caribbean. For more details on the Ocean Classroom Foundation see the Shipyard Log.  For details on the work that was done at the shipyard on the Harvey Gamage see Shipyard Log.  Watch the VIDEO narrated by Capt. Stefan Edick.

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Built: 2006
Designer: Stimson Marine
Builder: Boothbahy Harbor Shipyard
LOA: 12'9"

New design and construction of three catboats for a summer camp
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Built: 2006
Designer: Stimson Marine
Builder: Boothbahy Harbor Shipyard
LOA: 12'5"

New design and construction of a lug-rigged dinghy
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