Exhibition: "Ropewalks of the West End and Beyond"

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 150 Staniford St Boston MA 02114  See map

From the mid-17th century to the end of the 19th century, the rope-making industry thrived in Boston. Ropewalks—long, narrow plots with covered walks and sheds that housed rope-making facilities—dotted the landscape of West Boston and supplied rope primarily for seafaring vessels. The city’s earlier ropewalk lay less than one hundred yards from the West End Museum. Ropewalks of the West End highlights the history of these unusual buildings beginning with the earliest “ropefield” of John Harrison established in 1642 and continuing beyond the onset of the War of 1812 when a West End ropewalk supplied the anchor cable to the U.S.S. Constitution, the most famous war ship of the era. Concurrent walking tours that start in the West End and fan out across the city offer the opportunity to discover firsthand the remnants of the ropewalks’ footprints on Boston.

Marc Stern February 19, 2013 at 12:25 PM
I remember visiting my dad and his cousins in their ropewalk about 60 years ago as a very little kid four stories above a teeming Atlantic Avenue in Boston at Columbia Wharf and I also remember the ropewalk and chandlery my Grandfather and Uncles used to outfit ships before it became part the Dewey Square Tunnel.
Marc Stern February 19, 2013 at 12:26 PM
By the way, the name of my cousins' ropewalk was Bass Rope and Cordage and it later morphed into a seatcover company. Dad was its general manager, I'm told.


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