Getting Ready for CBMM’s Sept. 1 Boat Auction

From left, John “Danny” Zimmerman and Dominic Marinucci work on cleaning a donated boat in preparation for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s 21st Annual Charity Boat Auction, which takes place rain or shine on Labor Day weekend, Sat. Sept. 1. Zimmerman and Marinucci are participants of Benedictine’s Adult Services supported employment program, where they have the opportunity to work competitively in the local and regional business community, as well as in Benedictine’s businesses.For the official auction rules, absentee bidder information, inventory updates, and more, go to, or call 410-745-4942.

George Hamilton’s “Edna Lockwood” Painting Wins Contest

A work by artist George Hamilton of St. Michaels, Md.,has been named the official painting of the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, after being chosen as the winner in a contest organized by the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and St. Michaels Art League.

The project began in early spring, with eight artists creating paintings of Edna Lockwood, with her 2016-2018 restoration continuing through her Oct. 27 relaunch at CBMM’s OysterFest. Artists were provided photographs of the log-bottom bugeye under sail as a basis for their 18” x 8” paintings of Edna Lockwood.

In May, CBMM staff performed a preliminary evaluation of the paintings to select the four finalists for the contest, with all receiving awards from CBMM. A public vote on CBMM’s Facebook page then determined the contest’s overall winner.

Other St. Michaels Art League finalists included Sandy Alanko, Polly Cox, and Marianna Kost.

Hamilton’s painting will be featured on Edna Lockwood memorabilia and keepsakes sold in the Museum Store, with proceeds from each sale benefiting the children and adults served by CBMM’s education and exhibition programs.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay region, and making this resource available to all.

Every aspect of fulfilling this mission is driven by CBMM’s values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship, along with a commitment to providing engaging guest experiences and transformative educational programming, all while serving as a vital community partner. For more information, visit or call 410-745-2916.

Paddle the Miles River, San Domingo Creek with CBMM

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will be hosting guided kayak paddles in August and October, with the public invited to participate.

The first paddle is scheduled for 7:30–9:30pm Friday, Aug. 24, with participants invited to take part in an evening paddle under the moonlight along the Miles River. Participants are invited to bring their own kayaks, or rent one from CBMM, and should bring a headlamp and something to drink.

The cost for this paddle is $20 for those bringing their own kayak, or $35 for those needing to rent one, with a 20% discount for CBMM members.Participants will meet at the Oak Creek Bridge boat launch.

The final paddle will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9am–1pm. Shipyard Program Manager Jenn Kuhn and Lead Educator Matt Engel will be leading a guided paddle along the San Domingo Creek and around the Hambleton Islands, concluding with a tasting at Lyon Distilling Co. Paddlers should bring sunscreen, a lunch, and something to drink.

The cost for the October paddle is $35 for those bringing their own kayak, or $75 for those needing to rent one from CBMM, with an additional 20% discount for CBMM. Participants will meet at the W. Chew Street boat launch in St. Michaels.

Participation is limited, with advanced registration needed at To learn more about these and other Shipyard programs, visit

Learn to Carve a Nameboard in St. Michaels

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., is offering a workshop to teach the basics of carving a nameboard from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, Aug. 18, with all participants taking home their individual carved pieces. Participation is limited, with advanced registration needed.

Workshop participants will work under the direction of experienced carver and model maker Ed Theiler to learn the basic skills needed in carving a nameboard, with all necessary materials and carving tools provided by CBMM.

The program takes place in CBMM’s boatshop and is $44 for CBMM members and $55 for non-members, with registration needed at

CBMM Announces New Log Canoe Project

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has announced its latest shipyard project­­—the building of a new log hull canoe. Construction will begin this fall, with the project set to be finished next summer.

This Tilghman Island style, five-log canoe will be built from the excess loblolly pine logs used in the historic restoration of Edna E. Lockwood. The hull is set to reach approximately 32ft in length, with a beam width of 6ft. The building process will kick off in September, with milling of the logs, and continue with shaping the hull into early 2019. Once the major components of building the hull are complete, the boat will be moved to the corn crib, where the rest of construction will take place.

“We’ve put a lot of effort into research and practice with the Chesapeake style of building. I’m glad others find interest in the construction and stories of these boats,” said CBMM Shipyard Manager Michael Gorman.

Construction on the log canoe will be undertaken this year alongside another major project. Following the launch of Edna E. Lockwood at OysterFest in October, CBMM will start restoration on 1912 river tug Delaware, a member of the floating fleet featured in the new exhibition, Lines of the Floating Fleet.

This is not the first log canoe to be built at CBMM. Bufflehead—the first log canoe built since 1979—was launched in April 2015. CBMM’s shipwrights and apprentices constructed the hull of Bufflehead from three, 26-foot loblolly pine logs. Bufflehead resides on CBMM’s campus for the public to view. Each summer, CBMM staff set sail on this canoe along the Miles River for the Chesapeake Bay sailing log canoe races.

Building on the success of CBMM’s log canoe construction projects, the Shipyard is prepared to take on more log canoe construction projects, starting with this privately commissioned log canoe being built this year.

For updates on all of CBMM’s Shipyard projects, please visit

Lighthouse Overnights Offered in St. Michaels this Fall

Youth groups can now reserve fall dates for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Lighthouse Overnight Adventures program. Dates include select Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 31 through Oct. 27, with advanced reservations needed.

Under the guidance of a museum educator, adventure participants can travel back in time to explore the life of a late-19th-century lighthouse keeper, all while spending the night in the historic 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, situated on CBMM’s 18-acre campus on the Miles River and St. Michaels Harbor in St. Michaels, Md.

The program shares the stories of the keepers who lived and worked in Chesapeake lighthouses. From lighthouse engineering to the daily task of maintaining the great lamp, the overnight adventure uses games, costumes, and historic objects to explore the Bay’s lighthouses. The experience can also be used toward earning badges for Brownie, Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts, or just for fun among all groups and their chaperones.

The 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, now standing at CBMM’s Navy Point, was originally built to light the way for boats passing through the shallow, dangerous shoals of Hooper Strait, a thoroughfare for boats bound from the Chesapeake Bay across Tangier Sound to Deal Island, or places along the Nanticoke and Wicomico rivers. The Chesapeake’s iconic “screwpile” lighthouse is built on special iron pilings, which were tipped with a screw that could be turned into the muddy bottom for a depth of 10 feet or more. CBMM’s lighthouse is the second lighthouse constructed at Hooper Strait, with the first one destroyed by ice in 1877.

The adventure program is for children ages 8 to 12 and their chaperones and is $40 per person, with a 12-person minimum, 18-person maximum. The fee includes one overnight stay in the lighthouse with a dedicated museum facilitator, the cost of program activities, two day admission to CBMM’s exhibitions and campus, and a souvenir patch. Groups may choose to add-on a drop-in scenic river cruise aboard the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle at the member rate, subject to seasonal availability. Overnights are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, with a $100 deposit needed. For inquiries or to make a reservation, visit

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Charitable gifts to CBMM’s Annual Fund enable CBMM to educate and inspire the next generation of Chesapeake Bay stewards, and can be made online at

Bird Dog and the Road Kings to headline Watermen’s Appreciation Day

Local band Bird Dog and the Road Kings will return as the featured performer on Sunday, Aug. 12, at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. Beginning at noon, the live performance is part of the festivities at the ninth annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day—a fundraiser organized by CBMM in cooperation with the Talbot Watermen Association—with proceeds benefiting both organizations.

In addition to live music, the event features a “watermen’s rodeo” boat docking contest and the opportunity to meet the Chesapeake’s watermen, along with local steamed crabs, beer, and other food and beverages. The steamed crabs will be available for $25 per dozen.

Other food includes crab cakes, fried shrimp, pit beef, pit turkey, pulled pork, ice cream and more. Children’s activities include a crab race, jigger throwing contest, baiting contest, a rowboat competition and more.

Admission to the 10am–5pm, rain or shine, event includes the boat docking contest, live music, and family activities, and is set at $18 for adults, $8 for children 6–17, with all children 5 and under admitted free. CBMM members, along with licensed watermen and their immediate families, get discounted admission at $10 per adult, and $6 per child ages 6–17.

Advanced admission tickets can be purchased online at, with tickets also sold at the door the day of the event. To learn more, visit

August 12 Brings Crabs, Watermen’s Rodeo to St. Michaels

On Sunday, August 12, 2018, the 9th annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day comes to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., featuring a spirited boat docking contest, steamed crabs and other regional food, live music, beer, boat rides, family activities, and more. The fundraising event is organized by CBMM in cooperation with the Talbot Watermen Association, with proceeds benefiting both organizations.

Beginning at noon, the event’s “watermen’s rodeo” boat docking contest returns to the Miles River near CBMM’s 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse. Bleacher seating will be provided for spectators to the contest.

“The boat docking contest is great fun to watch, and participate in,” said TWA President Jeff Harrison. “It’s a spirited day of celebrating the Chesapeake Bay’s watermen, from the rodeo, to the cold beer and hot crabs.”

The opportunity to meet the Chesapeake’s watermen, along with local steamed crabs, beer, and other food and beverages continue to highlight the waterfront festival.

Starting at noon, the day’s catch of steamed crabs—served by watermen—will be available for purchase, in addition to beer, water, soda, hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, and more. Steamed crabs will be sold by the dozen, with pricing set by July 27 and posted at

“We’ve consistently been able to sell a dozen steamed crabs with corn on the cob at $25,” said Harrison. “We’re hoping this year’s market will allow us to do the same.”

Also beginning at noon, live music with Bird Dog and the Road Kings from the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand will have people tapping their toes and dancing along CBMM’s waterfront.

Children and families can enjoy games and activities offered throughout the day. Later in the day, children’s on-the-water activities include a children’s row boat competition, with prizes awarded.

During Watermen’s Day, event-goers can take part in a silent auction in the Small Boat Shed, with all proceeds supporting the Talbot Watermen Association.

While at CBMM, guests can explore all 12 exhibitions buildings and see progress on the log-hull restoration of the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, now underway in the shipyard through her launching at OysterFest on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Special exhibitions include Kent’s Carvers and Clubs: Guides, Gunners and Co-Ops: Exploring the Chesapeake: Mapping the Bay; and Lines of the Floating Fleet.

Admission to the 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. rain or shine event includes the boat docking contest, live music, numerous family activities, entrance to all CBMM exhibitions and historic structures, and is set at $18 for adults, $8 for children 6-17, with all children five years of age and under admitted free. CBMM members along with licensed watermen and their immediate families get discounted admission at $10 per adult, and $6 per child ages 6-17. Food and beverages are additional.

Advanced admission tickets can be purchased online at, with tickets also sold at the door the day of the event. Discounted watermen’s tickets will be available at the door the day of the event, with an active watermen’s license shown. Boat rides, steamed crabs, beer, and additional food and beverages will be available for purchase. Free event parking will be available at St. Michaels High School, with a complimentary shuttle service to CBMM running throughout the day.

For safety reasons, non-service dogs need to be kept home during CBMM festivals, including Watermen’s Appreciation Day. Leashed dogs are only permitted on CBMM’s campus during regular operating hours. Carry-on alcohol from dock or land is prohibited.

See photos from previous years at For more information, visit or call 410-745-2916.

Woodworker’s Tool-Sharpening Workshop August 11

Shipyard Program Manager Jenn Kuhn uses a whetstone to hone a chisel in the CBMM Boatshop.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is hosting a basic tool-sharpening workshop on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 9am­­­­­­–12pm in the Boatshop. Participation is limited, with advanced registration needed.

If taken care of properly, your edge tools can last generations. By keeping them well-honed, you will find they can cut like new every time. Learn the basic techniques to put a mirror finish on your aging tool collection. This workshop will cover the proper preparation, sharpening, and honing of hand plane irons, chisels, gouges, and other carving tools.

Bring your tools, sharpening stones, or nothing at all, as the Shipyard can provide for demonstration. The cost for the workshop is $24 for CBMM members or $30 for non-members, with registration needed at For more information, visit

CBMM Hires Four Summer Interns

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. recently welcomed William Delano of Washington D.C., Laiken Harrigan of Townsend, Del., Katy Trice of Easton Md., and Nathan Samoriski of Victor, N.Y. as its 2018 summer interns. Delano is working in the Shipyard, Harrigan in Communications and Special Events, Trice in Education, and Samoriski in Curatorial.

Delano is currently enrolled in a two-year program at The International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, R.I., where he’s studying boatbuilding and restoration. This summer he will be working in CBMM’s Shipyard, helping with the restoration of Edna Lockwood. Delano has spent many summers on the Chesapeake Bay; it’s where he learned to sail, row and drive a boat.

While Harrigan has always lived near the Eastern Shore, it wasn’t until she started her undergraduate studies at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., that she felt a strong connection to the Bay. She is studying English and creative writing, and her summer research is focused on social media and marketing.

From left: Laiken Harrigan of Washington College, Katy Trice of Salisbury University Graduate Program, William Delano of The International Yacht Restoration School, and Nathan Samoriski of the Cooperstown Graduate Program.

Trice graduated from Messiah College in Grantham, Pa. with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, a Secondary Education Teaching Certificate, and a TESOL minor. Now she is headed to Salisbury University to work on a master’s degree in English, and teach first year composition. Trice grew up on the Bay, and has always enjoyed spending time on the water kayaking with her friends. For her internship, she will be working as a camp counselor, assisting with planning summer camp curriculums, and taking inventory for family programming.

Samoriski is experiencing the Bay for the first time as he works in CBMM’s collections. A graduate from Stonehill College in Easton, Mass., with a degree in history and a minor in German, he is currently enrolled in the Cooperstown graduate program at SUNY Oneonta. He hopes to one-day work with museum collections, as either a collections manager or curator.

Over the course of the summer, these interns will have opportunities to participate in field related projects and behind-the-scenes operations, led by the museum’s professional staff. In addition, each week the interns will engage in a seminar to learn about each of CBMM’s departments.

For more information on internships and employment with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, visit