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Blessing of the Fleet in St. Michaels is April 25

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4/25/17 UPDATE – This event has been moved into CBMM’s Small Boat Shed.

 

(ST MICHAELS, MD – March 8, 2017) Celebrate the beginning of this year’s boating season by joining the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. for its annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony. The April 25 ceremony begins at 5:00 p.m. near the boatyard, inviting the public to honor the working vessels and pleasure craft of the Chesapeake Bay, including CBMM’s floating fleet. Prayers will be offered to boaters for a safe and bountiful season, and also for those mariners whose lives have been lost at sea.

Easton High School’s NJROTC will begin the ceremony with a presentation of the colors, followed by the Star Spangled Banner and Navy Hymn. The blessing will be performed by the Rev. Kevin M. Cross of The Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford, Md.

CBMM_BlessingoftheFleet_EdnaLockwood.jpgAt this year’s event, a special blessing will be given for the 1889 log-bottom bugeye, Edna E. Lockwood. A registered National Historic Landmark, Edna represents the last remaining historic log-bottom bugeye still under sail, and is considered the queen of CBMM’s fleet of historic Chesapeake vessels. This historic restoration of her log-hull is underway in the boatyard through 2018.

Blessing of the Fleet is free and open to the public, with a reception following, offering light refreshments and live music with a Chesapeake theme from the Royal Oak Musicians. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved into CBMM’s Small Boat Shed.

Boaters are invited to bring their vessels to the ceremony, with marina reservations made by contacting CBMM Dockmaster Leigh Peek at lpeek@cbmm.org or at 410-745-4946. For more information, visit cbmm.org.

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. invites the public to come by land or water to welcome in the boating season with a Blessing of the Fleet ceremony on Tuesday, April 25. Led by the Reverend Kevin M. Cross of The Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford, Md., shown here, the ceremony is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. near CBMM’s boatyard, and includes a presentation of the colors and the Star Spangled Banner and Navy Hymn. Live music by the Royal Oak Musicians and light refreshments finish out the event, which is free and open to the public. For more information, visit cbmm.org.

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At the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s April 25 Blessing of the Fleet, a special blessing will be given for the 1889 log-bottom bugeye, Edna E. Lockwood, shown here behind her new nine-log hull, now taking shape in full public view at CBMM’s boatyard in St. Michaels, Md. A registered National Historic Landmark, Edna represents the last remaining historic log-bottom bugeye still under sail, and is considered the queen of CBMM’s fleet of historic Chesapeake vessels. The Blessing of the Fleet begins at 5:00 p.m. near the boatyard, and is free and open to the public, with more information about the 2016-2018 log-hull Edna E. Lockwood restoration at ednalockwood.org.