CHMM Maritime Days

SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is the largest civilian Sailing School Vessel in the United States.

In the Spring of 2020, Board Chairperson, Susan Bernhard, was a pen stroke away from bringing it to Newburyport for the annual Custom House Maritime Museum Maritime Days Celebration.

What happens next is no mystery – the world goes into lockdown. Instead of tall masts along the waterfront, the waterfront is empty and desolate. Instead of celebrating maritime history, everyone is inside staring at computer screens.

The CHMM staff and Board understood the situation, but that didn’t let that deter their plans for making the museum and Maritime Days bigger and better when the pandemic restrictions ease.

Newburyport’s maritime history is something to celebrate – and that is exactly what we will do this fall.

We are excited to announce that Maritime Days will return September 10 – 12, 2021! Themed dinners, live music, treasure hunts and more will highlight the weekend.

Here is the lineup of events (subject to change):

Friday, September 10th (6:30 – 10:00 pm): 

We kick off the weekend with a Maritime Tavern Night – An Evening of Shanties, Trivia, Pizza, and Beer.

The popular sea shanty singing group, The Portermen, (link: will grace the Custom House tent and bring rhythmical traditional folk songs back to life.

Attendees will also be able to test their local historical trivia knowledge with Yeat Yeat, Don’t Tell Me – Live!’ hosted by celebrity guests.

Beer, refreshments, and a ‘Best of Newburyport’ Pizza Contest will be served! Attendees will get to try a plethora of different pizzas from all over town and vote on what they think is the best!

Saturday, September 11th:

A Team treasure hunt in the morning. 20 teams of 6 individuals will use their wit and wisdom to find the hidden treasure.

In the evening, we’ll bring back the popular Pirate Party! Food and drink will be available as you dance the night away with the well-known BaHa Brothers – a Jimmy Buffett tribute band performing live. (Link:

Sunday, September 12th:

Rounding out the weekend on Sunday is the ‘Sea to Table’ dinner al fresco under the CHMM tent. Dinner will be a special menu prepared by local chefs. More details to follow.

Also, on Sunday, a Museum Open House from 10 am – 2 pm will feature outside activities for the whole family.

The museum exhibits will be open throughout the weekend for you to explore the great maritime history of Newburyport!

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