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Schooner Ardelle 

An afternoon on the comfortable, authentic, hand-built boat, the Schooner Ardelle, might just give passengers a perfect Cape Ann experience. They’ll cruise around Gloucester’s outer harbor, get a great view of offshore islands, and maybe even see the captain, owner, and master shipwright Harold Burnham haul a lobster trap or two. Passengers also have the chance to learn about the area’s shipbuilding and fishing heritage. Chartering the Schooner Ardelle for a few hours is a way to celebrate life’s big moments, from weddings to birthdays, or just to experience the beautiful sea without the crows of public sail days.

Maritime Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, 978-290-7168,



?Essex River Cruises & Charters

“Founded in 1992, Essex River Cruises & Charters is located in the middle of a salt marsh estuary in Essex. On board The Essex River Queen I and The Essex River Queen II, share the opportunity to escape to the unspoiled natural beauty of the Essex River.”—Essex River Blog Spot 

35 Dodge St., Essex, 978-768-6981,