We are the Mass Bay Maritime Artisans, a volunteer boat-building team at the Jones River Landing Environmental Heritage Center – the longest continuously operating boat yard in the U.S.!
We want to recreate a historic Kingston Lobster Boat in order to educate the local community about its maritime past, inshore waterways, and the importance of an active stewardship of the marine environment for future generations.
We have built up a strong and experienced group of volunteers who will be building the Kingston Lobster Boat. Consistent with the mission of the Jones River Landing, we will reach out to our community, offering classes in aspects of boat building as the project progresses.
The Kingston Lobster boat was a sailing, rowing and racing watercraft designed, built and used in the waters around Kingston, Duxbury and Plymouth, Massachusetts in the latter half of the 19th century. Boat builders and America Cup Champions Edward Ransom and Nathaniel Watson, working in shops near each other on the Jones River in Kingston, Massachusetts developed the model about 1880, each improving on the work of the other.
We will build the first Kingston Lobster Boat on the Jones River, the site of its origination, since the early 1900’s!
In the 1880’s, a Kingston boat cost about $250 complete – the world has changed since that time. Our costs will be higher. Funds raised will be used for materials, sails and rigging, and use of the Shiverick Boatshop at the Jones River Landing in Kingston. The project will take about two years to complete, but funds are needed now for materials to get it started!
Our boat, once complete will live here on the Jones River. Not only will it be a symbol of the long tradition of working water craft and all the trades necessary to put a boat like this together, but it will be a practical object, used to teach adults sailing, demonstrate lobster fishing of a bygone era, and bring groups of young people together to learn the skills of rowing, sailing and teamwork.
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