99 Ship Yard Ln, Duxbury, MA 02332, USA
Owned By: Town of Duxbury
This small sandy beach on Duxbury Bay requires a resident parking sticker. Launch your canoe or kayak here to explore the bay.
John and Amos Merritt operated a shipyard at this location after 1870. They built the Thomas A. Goddard, a barque. The last vessel to be built in Duxbury, it was launched in 1874.
This property is also known as Ellison Beach. A plaque on site indicates that it was named for Eben Ellison, “whose generous gift of land and money made this beach available for the enjoyment of the citizens of Duxbury.”
Duxbury’s shipbuilding era extended from 1790 to 1850. There were numerous wharves along Duxbury Bay, and more than 25 shipbuilders working both on the bay and on the Bluefish River. Most of the ships constructed there were merchant vessels that sailed to Europe and the Mediterranean. Toward the end of Duxbury’s shipbuilding era, locally-built ships were also used in the domestic cotton trade.
Duxbury’s bay is relatively shallow, making it inhospitable to clipper ships. That combined with the effects of the Financial Panic of 1837 and a scarcity of resources are some of the major circumstances that drew Duxbury’s shipbuilding era to a close.
This land is within the region of the Patuxet Wampanoag tribe, who for centuries have inhabited the area around the Jones River now known as Duxbury, Kingston and Plymouth.
Habitats and Wildlife
This small sandy beach is located in a sheltered spot on Duxbury Bay. There is also an open grassy area on site.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: Yes
Lifeguards: Seasonal lifeguards.
Size: 1.2 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Small on-site parking lot (25 vehicles). Duxbury sticker required.
Cost: Free with parking sticker.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Picnic tables, benches, trash and pet waste receptacles, seasonal float.
Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash, Scoop the poop!
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Duxbury Bay