ESSEX — Seventeenth-century shipbuilding is back on the front lines of local 21st-century economic development.
And one man, says the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, was the driving force behind making it happen.
That man is Harold Burnham, one of four business people the Chamber is honoring this week as recipients of Cape Ann's 2011 Small Business People of the Year awards,
The award came as a complete surprise to the founder-owner of H.A. Burnham Shipbuilding & Design in Essex.
"I didn't even know I'd been nominated," says Burnham, "but I hold it as the highest honor."
The Chamber's Small Business Week celebration, with events running through Friday, recognizes businesses whose contribution to the area's economy and quality of life has been outstanding — and, according to Chamber Executive Director Bob Hastings, H.A. Burnham qualifies hands-down on both counts. Read on
From Laurie The Gloucester Times wrote a piece on Burnham Boatbuilding yesterday as Harold won the small business of the year award from the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce. Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., there will be a reception for Harold at Periwinkles Restaurant. Periwinkles has the best view of the schooner as it is directly across the river basin from the boatyard! Congrats, Harold.
Harold Burnham bears a family name that is virtually synonymous with Essex, the birthplace of approximately 4,000 schooners. He is the 28th Burnham to operate a shipyard in Essex since 1819,
Growing up in a family of shipbuilders and a town where shipbuilding is a tradition handed down over the generations, Harold has learned the standards of the past and traditional techniques. Harold Burnham has carved out a place in history as a master boat designer, shipwright and sailmaker. Like his ancestors before him, Harold has a holistic approach to vessel design, construction and operation which makes him uniquely efficient. In addition to holding a bachelor’s degree in maritime transportation and fisheries from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, he draws upon extensive experience at sea, and of course, techniques learned in the famous shipyards of Essex.
The author of this blog is Laurie Fullerton. Go to www.burnhamboatbuilding.com or www.schoonerardelle.com for a look at Harold's website