Restored Skipjack Rosie Parks Splashed Today At Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum


A crowd watched and waited this morning, as a very large crane prepared to lift the Skipjack Rosie Parks from the side of the large boatshed into the Miles River.


lifting rosie parks

watching from balcony

rosie in the air

watching from volunteer

It was a very exciting moment for the staff, volunteers and enthusiasts of the CBMM, as well as members of the Parks family, who have been watching and celebrating the four year restoration all along the way.

The skipjack will be officially launched at the annual OysterFest on November 2nd. Members can get a sneak preview on October 16th.

Click this link for the CBMM’s archives of the complete restoration, including video and photographs taken during the past four years.

Getting Rosie Ready: The Final Chapter
Wednesday, October 16
5pm in the CBMM Boatyard
Free for members. RSVP by September 14 to Debbie Collison at 410-745-4941
Join Mark Donohue, project manager for CBMM’s Rosie Parks Skipjack Restoration Project, for the final chapter of the three-year project that has brought this revered old skipjack back to life. Built by Bronza Parks in 1955, Rosie is one of the least altered historic skipjacks in existence. Take a behind-the-scenes peek as Rosie prepares for her official re-launching at OysterFest on November 2.



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  1. Thank you for sharing our news. I was one of the lucky ones watching from the water with the Bronza Parks great-granddaughter. Her “Papa” built the boat, and she and I both wept as we watched the fruits of nearly three years of labor pay off with another skipjack saved, another family legacy saved, and the ROSIE PARKS back where she belongs, in the Chesapeake’s waters. Thanks again for sharing, and visit the website for videos of the restoration and more.

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