The crowd was wall-to-wall Sept. 13 for the dedication of the new Dynamite Payson Boat Shop building at the Sail, Power and Steam Museum.

The shop was constructed by museum volunteers and Dennis Gallant, master builder. The museum will be welcoming novice boat builders to create small wooden boats of all kinds but particularly the Gloucester Gull Dory that Dynamite Payson made famous.

“We have the forms, tools, nails and plans — now we need families or small groups to decide to make small craft to row or sail around the harbor," said Capt. Jim Sharpe.

The construction process will be part of the displays at the museum. Visitors will be able to see the intricacies of boatbuilding with the reality of saw dust and shavings on the floor and the smell of pine or cedar wafting in the air.

Twenty volunteers erected the workshop building at a barn raising in April after a winter of carpentry, carving the mortises and tenons on the big timbers. Dynamite Payson was a great friend of the museum and a boat shop in his name is a great tribute to this amazing man to carry on his tradition of small boats for all types of people, according to a news release. The Payson Family has been very generous in offering to display on an extended basis many of the models Dynamite had constructed and providing the museum with memorabilia from his personal boat shop.

Sharp’s Point South and the Sail, Power and Steam Museum are at 75 Mechanic St. in Rockland. For more information call 701-7627 or 596-0200, email or visit