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Bristol Marine acquires Boothbay Harbor Shipyard

Andy Tyska (left), president of Bristol Marine, and vice president Eric Graves are shown at the Rhode Island shipyard.

Andy Tyska (left), president of Bristol Marine, and vice president Eric Graves are shown at the Rhode Island shipyard.

Rhode Island-based Bristol Marine said it has acquired Boothbay Harbor Shipyard in Maine.

The shipyard, which is at the head of Boothbay Harbor, joins the acquiring company’s other boatyards in Bristol, R.I., and Somerset, Mass.

Bristol Marine said Boothbay Harbor Shipyard offers repairs and services for all types of vessels. The yard’s 700-ton marine railway has braced tall ships, superyachts, tugboats, fishing trawlers, passenger boats, ferries, and Navy and Coast Guard vessels; the 150-ton railway has accommodated sailing yachts, workboats and schooners.

Ongoing projects include the restoration of the schooner Ernestina Morrissey, the official vessel of Massachusetts and a National Historic Landmark with a sparred length of 156 feet, and the 171-foot, three-masted tall ship Friendship of Salem, owned by the National Park Service.

Shipyard operations will continue under the leadership of Eric Graves, and facility improvements will be devised to make the yard’s expertise and craftsmanship more accessible to boat owners and yachts that visit the region.

“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,” Bristol Marine president Andy Tyska said in a statement.

“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.”

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