Donations to the Annual Fund generously support the maintenance of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s floating fleet.
Delaware, a tugboat built in Bethel, Delaware, is a rare example of a typical early 20th century wooden river tug. Built in 1912 by William H. Smith, it may be one of two survivors of the notable boatyard. The Delaware hauled scrows often laden with lumber and towed ram schooners up and down the Eastern Shore’s narrow, winding rivers. She was donated to CBMM in 1991 by Bailey Marine Construction, Inc.READ MORE
Dovetail boats were built in the early 1900s with gasoline engines and a special stern that looked like a motor racer. Dorothy Lee was built in 1934 for oyster tonging and trotlining for crabs.READ MORE
Edna E. Lockwood, a National Historic Landmark, and the oldest sailing log-bottom bugeye, was built in 1889 by John B. Harrison of Tilghman Island. Just as Native American dugout canoes were formed by carving out one log, a bugeye’s hull is constructed by pinning together a series of logs and hollowing them out as a unit. She was been at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum since 1967, and was donated to CBMM in 1973 by John R. Kimberly.READ MORE
Isabel was built in 1926 by Mathews in Port Clinton, Ohio, but was brought to the Chesapeake as an exhibit boat for a boat show in Baltimore. The Black family of Baltimore purchased her, and she descended to the original owner’s daughter and son-in-law, Eleanor and Tom Requard, for the most of the rest of the century until she was donated to the Museum in 1995. Extensive work was done to the hull by the Cutts and Case boatyard around 2000-2002.READ MORE
Log Canoes – Edmee S., Flying Cloud and Bufflehead
The Chesapeake Bay’s racing log canoes are descended from workboats used by oyster tongers in the 19th century. Inevitably, competition among the watermen led to racing and organized races, and larger masts and sails were added in the pursuit of speed. On summer weekends today log canoes continue to compete in races on the nearby Miles River.READ MORE
Martha, known as a Hooper Island draketail because of her unique stern design, was built by Bronza Parks in 1934 and was used for crabbing, oystering, and pleasure. She was donated to CBMM in 1989 by Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Warner.READ MORE
Old Point, constructed of seven logs in 1909, is an example of such a dredge boat used for dredging crabs throughout the winter. Old Point also hauled freight fish in the summer and carried oysters during the fall. She was donated to CBMM in 1984 and Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. DuPoint.READ MORE
Built by Francis Raymond “Peg Leg” Hayden at Banks O’Dee, Maryland, the 37-foot “Big Dory” was part of a fleet of boats historically used for tonging oysters in the Chesapeake’s tributaries. She was donated in 1988 by the Calvert Marine Museum.READ MORE
The Pot Pie Skiff is named for the place it was built—a neighborhood called Pot Pie in the town of Wittman, Maryland. Some also refer to the boat type as a tuck stern skiff, because of the way the back of the boat is tucked up out of the water on each side.
Rosie Parks, a skipjack, is a representative of Maryland’s state boat and was part of the last commercial fishing fleet under sail in the United States. In 2002, skipjacks were designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of America’s Eleven Most Endangered Places. Designed specifically for dredging up the vast quantities of oysters found on the Bay’s floor, only a handful of skipjacks continue to work the Bay. She was purchased by the Museum in 1975.READ MORE
Winnie Estelle was built in Crisfield, Maryland by Noah T. Evans in 1920 and used as a workboat on the lower Chesapeake Bay for more than 50 years, carrying seafood and produce to market across the Chesapeake Bay. Now, she takes students out for educational programming, and CBMM guests and private parties out for scenic Miles River cruises, and more. In the 1970s, she operated as an island trader, carrying lumber from Honduras to Belize, and later as a charter boat for divers. In early 2012, Michael Whitehill of Centreville, MD, purchased the boat, which was then donated to CBMM in 2014 by an anonymous donor.READ MORE
In the summer of 1608, a small boat or a “shallop” like this was used by Captain John Smith to make the first detailed European exploration of the Chesapeake Bay. In the decades that followed, the knowledge gained from Smith’s voyages played a key role in opening the interior of America to tens of thousands of European settlers. In the summer of 2007, a crew of 12 modern explorers set out in this replica of Smith’s shallop to retrace the 1608 voyages.READ MORE
Volunteer is a replica of Leon Marsh’s 1990 Smith Island box-stern crab scrape Darlene, as documented in Paula J. Johnson’s book “The Workboats of Smith Island.” Built in 2002 by CBMM boat shop volunteers and staff under the supervision of Tom Howell, the boat was intended for on-water use. As a modern replica, she has not been consider for inclusion in CBMM’s collection.READ MORE