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Rosie Parks to visit Waterfowl Festival 2017

(ST MICHAELS, MD – October 9, 2017) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is offering visitors to the 47th annual Waterfowl Festival deck tours of 1955 skipjack Rosie Parks from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 11, at Easton Point Marina.

As part of the festivities, Lyon Distilling representatives will be offering rum samples to adults, and oysters will be served on deck.

Celebrated Dorchester County boatbuilder Bronza Parks built Rosie Parks in Wingate, Md., side-by-side with two other skipjacks, Martha Lewis and Lady Katie, as part of the last wave of skipjack construction in the decade after World War II. Bronza’s brother, Captain Orville Parks, was a waterman who owned Rosie and named her after their mother.

While typically docked year round at CBMM in St. Michaels, Md., Rosie will be at Easton Point Marina during the entire 2017 Waterfowl Festival.

CBMM’s collection of historic Chesapeake Bay watercraft—the largest in the world—includes the 1889 log-bottom bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, which is under restoration through 2018, with all work done in full public view. CBMM remains committed to maintaining these historic vessels afloat, and keeping these boats in operating or sailing condition. See progress updates and more about the restoration project at, or find more information at


Skipjack Rosie Parks will be docked at Easton Point Marina during Waterfowl Festival 2017, and offer deck tours to Festival ticket holders from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017. To learn more, visit