We booked a 3:30 PM tour during a weekend visit to Cape Ann in July expecting it to be very busy. (Your ticket purchase also includes entry to the small "Maritime museum and Touch tank aquarium." The children there seemed to enjoy this part and as students we really enjoyed reading about the local development of the fishing industry, recent sustainability efforts, and the development of eco-friendly boat bottom paint. It's a small space (2 rooms), but worth it if you get there early and read the carefully placed exhibits). It was a cloudy day with no rain, but we ended up being the only 2 to board! We enjoyed a beautiful tour of the harbor and got to personally hear from Harold about his passion for shipbuilding and the area's history. He informed us of the changes in the fishing industry and local economy and also showed us pictures of artist's paintings of the harbor including the work of Fitz Henry Lane. A very relaxed trip with a mixture of education, story-telling, guitar playing, and quiet time to enjoy the picturesque scenery. Drinks (including alcohol) and snacks available for purchase on board, reasonably priced. Since we were the only 2 on board we even got to help with the raising of the sails and got to watch as Harold and his crew attached a topsail with the American flag for added speed. Definitely a one of a kind, amazing experience. As long as the weather cooperates, it s a good deal. If you're any kind of student (high school, college or graduate, we're medical students), be sure to purchase the tickets at the discount rate, an even better deal!
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