Restoring a true flagship

ESSEX — The town’s streets are currently lined with antique shops, a hallmark of the town’s economy now for decades.
 
But, at one time, Essex was alive with shipbuilding, with more than 4,000 vessels constructed here between the 1650s and today.
 
And that tradition has continued — kept alive through projects like the 2011 launch of the Schooner Ardelle, and through the Essex Shipbuilding Museum and its flagship vessel, the Lewis H. Story.
 
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