Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Floating Fleet

Visitor Experience

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
213 N. Talbot St.
P.O. Box 636
St. Michaels, MD 21663

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Over the centuries Chesapeake boat builders have designed a great variety of watercraft to meet a particular geography and task. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is home to the largest collection of historic Chesapeake Bay boats in existence.

  • Edna E. Lockwood, a National Historic Landmark, and the last sailing log-bottom bugeye, built in 1889 by John B. Harrison of Tilghman Island. Just as Native American dugout canoes were formed by carving out one log, a bugeye's hull is constructed by pinning together a series of logs and hollowing them out as a unit.
  • Edmee S., a swift and graceful Chesapeake Bay racing log canoe, is crewed by Museum staff and volunteers in Saturday and Sunday races throughout the summer. With its long masts and large sails, the only way to keep these boats upright as they accelerate to speeds of 10 knots or more is for crew members to climb to the ends of 15-foot boards placed perpendicular to the boat itself.
  • Rosie Parks, a skipjack, is representative of Maryland's state boat and was part of the last commercial fishing fleet under sail in the United States. In 2002, skipjacks were designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of America's Eleven Most Endangered Places. Designed specifically for dredging up the vast quantities of oysters found on the Bay's floor, only a handful of skipjacks continue to work the Bay.
  • Old Point, constructed of seven logs in 1909, is an example of such a dredge boat used for dredging crabs throughout the winter. Old Point also hauled freight fish in the summer and carried oysters during the fall.
  • Martha, known as a Hooper Island draketail because of her unique stern design, was built by Bronza Parks in 1934 and was used for crabbing, oystering, and pleasure. She was completely restored from stem to stern by the Museum's Boat Yard staff.
  • Delaware, a tugboat built in Bethel, Delaware, is a rare example of a typical early 20th century wooden river tug. Built in 1912 by William H. Smith, it may be one of two survivors of the notable boatyard. The Delaware hauled scows often laden with lumber and towed ram schooners up and down the Eastern Shore’s narrow, winding rivers.

Throughout the year, “visiting vessels” arrange special visits to the Museum. These visits provide educational opportunities for visitors of all ages.