April 26, 2018
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Historic Maine shipyard sold to Rhode Island firm

Courtesy Boothbay Harbor Shipyard | BDN
Courtesy Boothbay Harbor Shipyard | BDN
In 2008, the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard completed a major restoration of the schooner Ernestina-Morrissey.
By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff
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Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, formerly Sample’s Shipyard, at the head of Boothbay Harbor, has been purchased by Rhode Island-based Bristol Marine and its president, Andy Tyska, the company announced Wednesday.

The shipyard, to be known as The Shipyard in Boothbay Harbor, is the second purchased by Bristol Marine, following the 2012 purchase of the former J&J Marine Fabricating Inc. in Somerset, Massachusetts.

Shipyard operations will continue under the leadership of Eric Graves, president of Boothbay Harbor Shipyard and now vice-president of the Shipyard in Boothbay Harbor, and facility improvements “will be devised to make the yard’s expertise and craftsmanship more accessible to boat owners and yachts visiting the area,” a release said.

“The acquisition of Boothbay Harbor Shipyard will further increase our capacity and diversify the level of service we can offer along the East Coast through Bristol Marine,” said Tyska. “Under Eric’s leadership, the shipyard has undertaken some of the greatest repair and restoration projects in New England — and I know that Eric, together with the yard’s talented shipwrights and skilled workers, will build on that past success and effect improvements that will make their skills and services more available to today’s boaters.”

Sample Shipyard was founded more than 135 years ago, according to the company.

The yard includes a 700-ton marine railway and 150-ton railway.

The yard is currently restoring the schooner Ernestina Morrissey, the official vessel of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a National Historic Landmark, and the three-masted, 171-foot tall ship Friendship of Salem, owned by the U.S. National Park Service.

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