Amesbury skiff. by mcduff (kinderhook, ny) i just purchased a 1940’s amesbury skiff made at the lowell’s boat shop in ma.. This dory-skiff may well have been built at the lowell dory shop in amesbury, massachusetts as one of the boats produced when the shop turned to the recreational. Graham mckay grew up in amesbury, massachusetts, on the banks of the merrimack river. his early fascination with boats and maritime history drew him to sailing tall.