Edmeé S., originally named Cecelia Mae, was built in the early 1930s by Oliver Duke of Royal Oak, Maryland, who built several other racing log canoes in the 1930s and 1940s. She raced only a few times and was later used as a boatyard workboat. In 1980 she was returned to racing condition and her new owner, William Combs, renamed her for his wife, Edmeé Schaefer Combs.
Adapting the lines from an 1893 Robert D. Lambdin canoe in the museum’s collection, CBMM shipwrights, apprentices, and volunteers began working on the new, sailing log canoe in the fall of 2014. The hull has been constructed from three, 26-foot local loblolly pine logs, with the canoe and its spars constructed in full public view. “This is the first log canoe to be built since 1979, when Tenaceous [sic] joined the fleet,” said CBMM Chief Curator Pete Lesher. “Bufflehead is a great addition to the fleet, and we’re proud of the craftsmanship and skills put into creating her.” Footnote: Since Bufflehead’s launch in 2014, a second new, log canoe has been built. Eve was launched by a private owner in Southern Maryland in 2018.