Here is a wonderful 20 minute film made in 1947 about, as the tile suggests, shipbuilding in Essex, Massachusetts. It has the slightly corny Hollywood production values of its time but does a good job at showing the construction of a fishing boat from the laying of the keel to the launching. Notice the characteristic Essex side launch, which hasn’t changed much since at least 1947. See our previous post of the launch of the pinky schooner Ardelle. Thanks to the SAIL Ardelle Facebook page for pointing out the video.
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