America's oldest seaport, and the beloved working waterfront at Maritime Gloucester, come alive again this year for Maritime Heritage Day! Maritime Gloucester hosts a day of exciting demonstrations and interactive fun for all ages.

In addition to our exhibitors, we will have music, schooner charters, and delicious treats. Many of the Gloucester Schooner Festival's visiting schooners will be open to deck tours and charters. This festival will take place over three locations on the Gloucester Waterfront, our own Harriet Webster Pier on Harbor Loop, the Schooner Docks at the neighboring I4C2 lot, and, new this year, the docks at Ocean Alliance on Rocky Neck.

This is an exciting day with something for everyone from the budding marine biologist to the maritime history enthusiast.


A list of our vendors and a schedule of events can be seen below.

Where:  Maritime Gloucester (23 Harbor Loop)

              I4C2 Schooner Floats (between the Building Center and The Gloucester House)

              Ocean Alliance (32 Horton St, Rocky Neck)


When: Saturday, September 4, 2021 - 10am-4pm


Price: Free and open to the public

Schedule of Events By Location

Schooner Floats

I4C2 Lot - 65 Rogers Street

9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Schooner Viewing


10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Schooner Deck Tours

Free - donation appreciated

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Gloucester Schooner Festival Merchandise for Sale

Maritime Gloucester

23 Harbor Loop

The Hub of Maritime Heritage Day!


All Day Events:

- Crafts and Coloring Station - Classroom

- Viewing of Gertrude L. Thebaud pennant

- Gig Rower Cafe - burgers, hot dogs, soda

- Crepe du Jour - sweet and savory crepes

- GSF Merchandise Sales

- Maritime Gloucester Exhibits and Aquarium


  • 9am  - International Dory Committee and Schooner  Crew Exhibition Race

  • 10:30am - Pier Demo Area:  Explore the Deep Demonstration - ROV yellow submarine

  • 11am - Demonstration Tent: Blacksmithing

  • 1pm - Pier Demonstration Area: Net Mending

  • 3:00 pm - Pier Demo Area:  Explore the Deep Demonstration - ROV yellow submarine

Participating Organizations and Vendors

Ocean Alliance Docks

32 Horton Street - Rocky Neck

10:00 a.m. to 4:00pm

Ocean Alliance info and tours

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Schooner Deck Tours

  • Tree of Life - 10am to 12pm

  • Calabash - 1 to 3pm

  • Roseway - 3 to 5pm

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Rocky Neck Art Colony brings coffee & donuts, family art activities, and Walk & Read the family favorite The Merry Shipwreck.