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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.

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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.

 

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Blessing of the Fleet

Thursday, April 14

5:00pm – Hooper Strait Lighthouse

Join CBMM members, volunteers and boatyard staff for an official ceremony honoring our own floating fleet as well as other Bay working vessels and pleasure craft. The Reverend Kevin M. Cross from the Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford, MD will offer prayers for a safe and bountiful season. Public is welcome.

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Blessing of the Fleet in St. Michaels April 14

(ST MICHAELS, MD – February 19, 2016)

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Celebrate the beginning of this year’s boating season by joining the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for its annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony. The April 14 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 the museum’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.

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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 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 1889 log-bottom bugeye, Edna E. Lockwood. A registered National Historic Landmark, Edna represents the last remaining log-bottom bugeye still under sail and is considered the queen of the museum’s fleet of historic Chesapeake vessels.

The event 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 the museum’s Small Boat Shed.

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“The Blessing of the Fleet is a terrific way to kick off the season for both boaters and the museum alike,” commented CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “Our campus starts to fill up in April, with a wide range of activities and projects for guests to engage in. Also, it’s my hope that we’ll be able to share a major announcement at the Blessing, regarding funding for one of our boat restoration projects.”

Boaters are invited to bring their vessels to the ceremony, with marina reservations made by contacting CBMM Guest Services Manager Ed Rowe at erowe@cbmm.org or at 410-745-4981. For more information, visit www.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 Thursday, April 14. 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 p.m. near the museum’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 www.cbmm.org.

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This year, CBMM in St. Michaels, Md. will be hosting its Blessing of the Fleet near the boatyard beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 14. The event is free and open to the public, with a reception 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 the museum’s Small Boat Shed.

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At CBMM’s April 14 Blessing of the Fleet, a special blessing will be given for the 1889 log-bottom bugeye, Edna E. Lockwood, as shown here on the museum’s marine railway. A registered National Historic Landmark, Edna represents the last remaining log-bottom bugeye still under sail and is considered the queen of the museum’s fleet of historic Chesapeake vessels.

Blessing of the Fleet held annually in April at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland.

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Blessing of the Fleet
Wednesday, April 22
5pm – Hooper Strait Lighthouse

Join CBMM members, volunteers and boatyard staff for an official ceremony honoring our own floating fleet as well as other Bay working vessels and pleasure craft. The Reverend Kevin M. Cross from the Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford, MD will offer prayers for a safe and bountiful season. Public is welcome.

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum shipwrights, apprentices, and volunteers take a break from constructing a three-log canoe at the museum in St. Michaels, Md. The two-masted log hull sailing canoe is the first to be built in more than 35 years, and will be launched at CBMM on Wednesday, April 22, with the public invited to help celebrate the occasion. The log canoe—to be christened Bufflehead—will launch immediately following the museum’s Blessing of the Fleet ceremony, which begins at 5 p.m. Pictured, from left: Apprentice Brooke Ricketts; Assistant Curator of Watercraft Rich Scofield; Apprentices James DelAguila and Chris Baden; Boatshop Manager Michael Gorman; Volunteer Mike Corliss; Vessel Maintenance Assistant Joe Connor; and Volunteer Cliff Stretmater. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org.

Log canoe to launch at April 22 Blessing of the Fleet  

Adapting the lines from an 1893 Robert D. Lambdin canoe in the museum’s collection, CBMM shipwrights, apprentices, and volunteers began construction on a new sailing log canoe this fall with these three, 26-foot local loblolly pine logs. The canoe will launch on Wednesday, April 22 after CBMM’s Blessing of the Fleet ceremony, which begins at 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum shipwrights, apprentices, and volunteers take a break from constructing a three-log canoe at the museum in St. Michaels, Md. The two-masted log hull sailing canoe is the first to be built in more than 35 years, and will be launched at CBMM on Wednesday, April 22, with the public invited to help celebrate the occasion. The log canoe—to be christened Bufflehead—will launch immediately following the museum’s Blessing of the Fleet ceremony, which begins at 5 p.m. Pictured, from left: Apprentice Brooke Ricketts; Assistant Curator of Watercraft Rich Scofield; Apprentices James DelAguila and Chris Baden; Boatshop Manager Michael Gorman; Volunteer Mike Corliss; Vessel Maintenance Assistant Joe Connor; and Volunteer Cliff Stretmater. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org. CBMM Shipwright Apprentice James DelAguila uses a broad ax to shape one of the logs for a new three-log sailing canoe at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The building technique is unique and indigenous to the Chesapeake Bay, dating back to the 1800s. Shaped with ax and adz, the logs are drifted together and with the addition of one or two planks, form the hull up to the deck. CBMM is launching the canoe on April 22, with details found at www.cbmm.org.

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(ST. MICHAELS, MD – April 2, 2015) The first Chesapeake two-masted log hull sailing canoe to be built in more than 35 years will be launched at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 with the public invited to help celebrate the occasion.

The log canoe—to be christened Bufflehead—will launch immediately following CBMM’s Blessing of the Fleet ceremony at approximately 6:30 p.m. After the launch, guests will enjoy the acoustic sounds of Jonny Bland, Kenny Haddaway, and a number of special guests, and are encouraged to bring their own beverage of choice to the launching. Limited libations will also be generously provided by Eastern Shore Brewing of St. Michaels and Charm City Meadworks of Baltimore.

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 this past fall. 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 will be a great addition to the fleet, and we’re proud of the craftsmanship and skills put into creating her.”

Log canoes were traditionally used as workboats, for tonging oysters in particular. The building technique is unique and indigenous to the Chesapeake Bay, dating back to the 1800s. The design produces a strong and durable hull. Shaped with ax and adz, the logs are drifted together and with the addition of one or two planks, form the hull up to the deck.

“For our shipwrights and apprentices, building the log canoe provided a great exercise in understanding spatial relationships in boatbuilding,” said CBMM Boatyard Manager Michael Gorman. “It’s a smaller version of the five-log canoes that are often seen racing, and scaled after our log canoe Marianne.”

The April 22 Blessing of the Fleet begins at 5 p.m. under the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, and celebrates the beginning of this year’s boating season, while honoring Chesapeake Bay working vessels and pleasure craft. Easton High School’s NJROTC will begin the ceremony with a presentation of the colors, followed by an a capella quartet performance of 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.

Boaters are invited to pull up near the lighthouse from the Miles River, with marina reservations made through the museum. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved into the Small Boat Shed. For docking and marina information, contact Megan Kennedy at mkennedy@cbmm.org or 410-745-4981. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org.

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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum shipwrights, apprentices, and volunteers take a break from constructing a three-log canoe at the museum in St. Michaels, Md. The two-masted log hull sailing canoe is the first to be built in more than 35 years, and will be launched at CBMM on Wednesday, April 22, with the public invited to help celebrate the occasion. The log canoe—to be christened Bufflehead—will launch immediately following the museum’s Blessing of the Fleet ceremony, which begins at 5 p.m. Pictured, from left: Apprentice Brooke Ricketts; Assistant Curator of Watercraft Rich Scofield; Apprentices James DelAguila and Chris Baden; Boatshop Manager Michael Gorman; Volunteer Mike Corliss; Vessel Maintenance Assistant Joe Connor; and Volunteer Cliff Stretmater. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org.

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Adapting the lines from an 1893 Robert D. Lambdin canoe in the museum’s collection, CBMM shipwrights, apprentices, and volunteers began construction on a new sailing log canoe this fall with these three, 26-foot local loblolly pine logs. The canoe will launch on Wednesday, April 22 after CBMM’s Blessing of the Fleet ceremony, which begins at 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org.

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CBMM Shipwright Apprentice James DelAguila uses a broad ax to shape one of the logs for a new three-log sailing canoe at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The building technique is unique and indigenous to the Chesapeake Bay, dating back to the 1800s. Shaped with ax and adz, the logs are drifted together and with the addition of one or two planks, form the hull up to the deck. CBMM is launching the canoe on April 22, with details found at www.cbmm.org.

 

 

 

Blessing of the Fleet is held annually in April at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland.

Blessing of the Fleet in St. Michaels April 22

(ST MICHAELS, MD – March 3, 2015)

Blessing of the Fleet in St. Michaels April 22

Blessing of the Fleet is held annually in April at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland.

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Celebrate the beginning of this year’s boating season by joining the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for an April 22 Blessing of the Fleet ceremony. The ceremony honors the museum’s floating fleet as well as other Chesapeake Bay working vessels and pleasure craft, with prayers offered for a safe and bountiful season. The event is free and open to the public.

On-land participants will meet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 under the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, which overlooks the Miles River at CBMM. Easton High School’s NJROTC will begin the ceremony with a presentation of the colors, followed by an a capella performance of 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.

Boaters are invited to pull up near the lighthouse from the Miles River, with marina reservations made through the museum. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved into the Small Boat Shed. For docking and marina information, contact Megan Fisher at mfisher@cbmm.org or at 410-745-4981. For more information, visit www.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 help welcome the boating season with a Blessing of the Fleet ceremony on Wednesday, April 22. 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 p.m. under the museum’s 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, and includes a presentation of the colors and an a capella performance of the Star Spangled Banner and Navy Hymn. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved inside to the museum’s Small Boat Shed. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org.