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Phyllis A. Marine Association

Celebrate the Phyllis A's

90th Year

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Promoting the heritage, culture and folk life of the fisheries of Gloucester, MA, through the display and preservation of the gill-net fishing vessel Phyllis A.

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Restoration Goals


We continue to work towards our goal of $450,000 to complete the restoration of the Phyllis A.

Help hit the goal by donating at the button below, then we can move on to the next phase of the organization!

Exciting things await!

Phyllis A Online Store Open!


Our online gift "ship" is open and ready for your special purchases.


Find the new hats, t-shirts, and 2015 calendars!


Check out the store through the button above,

or through the Gift Ship page on this site!

On November 11, 2014, the Phyllis A was moved to the parking lot of the Gloucester Marine Railway Corp. to under go restoration. It was an exciting move (a video will be uploaded as soon as possible) and everything went great.

Now the Phyllis A is tucked safely among many other boats for the winter and can be easily visited during Saturday Work Days.

Moving Phyllis A

The History Sharing Program is Back!

Thanks to funding from the Awesome Gloucester Fund for equipment and the sponsorship of the Phyllis A Marine Association, Beth Welin will return to the Rose Baker Center each month to give a presentation about Gloucester’s history. These slideshows focus on various pieces of our city’s history. It’s called the History SHARING Program because Beth will share what she’s learned about the topic while the audience is encouraged to share what they know. ​

The program runs on the 4th Monday of each month at 1pm, at the Rose Baker Senior Center, downtown Gloucester.

Annual Meeting 2015


On January 24, 2015, snow couldn't keep people away and the Phyllis A Marine Association held it's annual meeting to a packed house at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center!

It was a fun night with delicious food, great entertainment by Three Sheets to the Wind, and a brief business meeting.

Special gifts were given to the person "most appropriately dressed for the weather," and to our youngest attendee ever!

A full text of the 2014 Annual Report can be read by following this link. 

Thank you to everyone who helped make this such a wonderful evening!

Schooner Challenge and Lunch

to Benefit Phyllis A


Begin the season by joining us at a fundraiser aboard the Schooner Ardelle and Schooner Thomas E. Lannon to benefit the Phyllis A Marine Association. The two-hour harbor cruise is great fun as the two Captains challenge each team to hoisting sails, raising anchor, and knot tying. And, don't forget, the always fun sea chantey writing competition. If you cannot sing well, sing loud!

This year, we are following the schooner challenge with a luncheon provided by the Gloucester House restaurant. Clam chowder, baked haddock and chicken marsala await after a morning of hard work.

Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite or call the office for a reservation at 978-381-3901. 

Combo-tickets are available for the sail and luncheon, $75.

Or just have a fun morning on the water with a sail ticket for $50.

If you haven't adjusted from snow-shoveling arms to sea legs yet, you can opt to meet us on-land for lunch at 1pm, $40.


We look forward to

seeing you May 30th!


Maritime Saturdays Return for the SUmmer


Join us on Saturday mornings, this summer at the Gloucester Marine Railways.

Learn about the Phyllis A, the Railways, and Gloucester's fisheries.

Participate in activities, try your hand at working on the vessel restoration, or just join us for mug-up.


Maritime Saturdays

10am-2pm

June 6

July 11

August 1

September 5,19 and 26

Phyllis A wishlist


There are many items that we could use your help finding.


  • Heavy duty shop vac
  • Tarps
  • Office space (so we can bring in volunteers and interns)
  • Painting supplies
  • 6HP wet/dry Shop vac with 1.5"-2" suction hose.
  • and much more.....


If you can help with any of these items, please email Amy or call us at

978-381-3901

help wanted!!!


We are in need of individuals to help with specific and general tasks. 

The above link will take you to a listing of opportunities. Please fill out all contact information (which only comes to us) and check for jobs you are interested in.

We will also gladly work with corporate groups, scouts, and students with volunteer hour requirements.

Get your annual membership today


Memberships help us support the organization's basic operations and free us to focus on grant writing and fundraising efforts for our capital needs, specifically the restoration of the Phyllis A.

Please us the link below to renew, or begin, your membership today! 

Our membership goal for 2015 is 750 members!