Harold Burnham shipbuilder in Essex MA

Building wooden ships

Shipwright Harold A Burnham comes from a family who have been building wooden boats in Essex MA for several generations. In 1668 the Town of Ipswich granted land to the inhabitants of Ipswich “for a yard to build vessels and to employ workmen for that end.” The shipbuilding industry has continued uninterruptedly in Essex, a former parish of Ipswich, since that date.

This video was produced by Blake Road Productions LLC for the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from NEA Folk and Traditional Arts. View additional credits at the end of the 9 minute video. View or share this 9 minute video on Facebook.


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