New Launch Service

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Mayor Kirk pops her cork at the ceremony celebrating the start-up of the City’s new launch service.

Day boaters will now be able to come to Gloucester and have access to downtown using the launch. Boaters will be able to pick up available City guest moorings or drop anchor in the large Federal anchorage conveniently located in the center of the inner harbor, under the watchful eye of the Harbormaster’s staff. From these locations, boaters will be able to hail the launch on VHF channel 72 or call 978-942-0660 for a lift to one of Gloucester Harbor’s three public floats or the Historic Art Colony at Rocky Neck.

The launch is a first-class, 26-foot, 24-passenger, solid fiberglass “Duffy” built by Atlantic Boat Company. It was christened GLOUCESTERMAN by Mayor Kirk and Waterways Board Chair Anthony Gross.DSCF2442 DSCF2446 DSCF2448 DSCF2450 DSCF2452 DSCF2455 DSCF2460 DSCF2462 DSCF2469 DSCF2481

7 thoughts on “New Launch Service

  1. I gotta tell you as one who has been around the waterfront here since 1964 this is a major upgrade for visiting boaters. We’ll be letting the schooner folks know they will be well cared for at festival time. No excuse now for visitors not to be swarming around this great city.
    Al Bezanson


  2. Harbor Tours Inc. applauds Mayor Kirk, Ciry Council , WaterWays Board, and the Harbor Master’s Office for pulling this project together and moving America’s Oldest Seaport forward. This is a huge step in making Gloucester a much more friendlier harbor and its service will benefit all.
    Thank you.


  3. This is fantastic…We talk to several people a day who come by our mooring in Smith’s Cove looking for a way to get ashore, get a mooring, or make a connection. This is just plain SO GOOD!! Thank-You. The people who visit our city by water craft will finally get some love!!


  4. There are thousands of Recreational boaters with millions of dollars, right at your door step. Will you let them in?? Gloucester has been known for years and years as a not so friendly harbor for transients. It’s refreshing to see it changing, but there is so far to go and so much more that Gloucester can do. Gloucester could be second only to Boston harbor, it could be that good. Grab it, before Salem and Beverly get their shit together!


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