25 Marine Railways - Gloucester HarborWalk
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25 Marine Railways
Gloucester has two of the oldest continuously operating marine railways in the nation—special facilities where ships are pulled out of the water so they can be maintained or rebuilt. “Six-hundred-ton boats are blocked up, lashed down, and hauled ashore by a double-shot of one-inch chain worked off a series of huge steel reduction gears. The gears were machined a hundred years ago and haven’t been touched since….Tourists blithely wander past machinery that could rip their summer homes right off their foundations.”
Sebastian Junger The Perfect Storm

Burnham Brothers Railway, now part of Maritime Gloucester at the tip of Harbor Loop, has been hauling boats since 1849. Directly across the harbor is the Gloucester Marine Railway, which was founded in 1855. It hauled Captain Cook’s Arctic vessel in 1907.

Launch! 1:41


 Joey Ciaramitaro, Wholesale Lobster Dealer Captain Joe and Sons, Founding Editor www.goodmorninggloucester.org

Launching Tea Party replica The Beaver



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Hauling Out

Hauling Out

Marine Railways photo series © Marie Demick

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Hauling Out

Marine Railways  © Marie Demick

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Listen to the gears

Marine Railways  © Marie Demick

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Lane Painting in color

1857 Lane Painting Fitz Henry Lane

 Cape Ann Museum. Gloucester, MA

A ‘three master’ on Gloucester’s Marine Railway. 1857. Oil on canvas.

F.H.Lane Painting