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Kick off boating season April 12 at CBMM

CBMM_BlessingoftheFleet1(ST MICHAELS, MD – January 18, 2018)  Celebrate the beginning of boating season by joining the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. for the annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony. The Thursday, April 12 ceremony begins at 5:00 p.m. near the shipyard, and invites 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.

http://development.cbmm.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/CBMM_BlessingoftheFleet2.jpgEaston 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 Reverend Kevin M. Cross of The Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford, Md.

At this year’s event, a special blessing will be given for the 1912 river tug Delaware, which will undergo a major restoration in full public view at CBMM, beginning in late 2018. Delaware is a product of Bethel’s great age of wooden ship and boatbuilding and apart from the 1900 ram schooner Victory Chimes (formerly Edwin and Maud), may be the only survivor.

CBMM_BlessingoftheFleet_DelawareDelaware hauled scows on Broad Creek, often laden with lumber, and towed ram schooners to and from Laurel, De. Occasionally, she carried parties of young people to Sandy Hill for day trips on the Nanticoke River. Delaware hauled scows 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.

 

“The Blessing of the Fleet is a terrific way to kick off the season for all boaters and guests,” said CBMM Director of Events Shannon Mitchell. “Our campus really starts to fill up in April, with a broad selection of educational programs and events for guests to engage in. We can’t wait to kick off the boating season and to see everyone.”

CBMM_BlessingoftheFleet3CBMM’s Blessing of the Fleet is free and open to the public, and will move into CBMM’s Small Boat Shed in the event of foul weather.

For more information, call 410-745-2916 or visit cbmm.org.

 

 

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Come by land or water to welcome the boating season with a Blessing of the Fleet ceremony on Thursday, April 12 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in historic, waterfront St. Michaels, Md. Led by the Reverend Kevin M. Cross of The Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford, Md., the ceremony begins at 5:00 p.m. near CBMM’s shipyard, and includes a presentation of the colors, the Star Spangled Banner, and Navy Hymn. The Blessing of the Fleet is free and open to the public, and will move inside the Small Boat Shed in the event of foul weather.

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At CBMM’s April 12 Blessing of the Fleet, a special blessing will be given for the 1912 river tug Delaware, which will undergo a major restoration in full public view at CBMM beginning in late 2018. Built in Bethel, De., Delaware is a rare example of a typical early 20th century wooden river tug, and often  hauled scows laden with lumber and towed ram schooners up and down the Eastern Shore’s narrow, winding rivers. Collection of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md. Gift of Bailey Marine Construction, Inc., 1991-3-1.