Historic Log Canoe “Flying Cloud” to Race Again

With the help of a new nonprofit and boating enthusiasts throughout the region, the legendary log canoe Flying Cloud will be returning to the racing circuit for the 2020 season.

A group of individuals has recently formed the Flying Cloud Log Canoe Preservation Trust, Ltd., a new nonprofit dedicated to organizing and financing the critical work required to return the historic log canoe to competitive sailing form.

Photo credit: Kathy Noble

“Significant work needs to be completed on her center log,” said former Flying Cloud owner Allan Noble. “This work is essential if we are to save her, which means we have more fundraising to do.”

In 2014, Noble donated Flying Cloud to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. Due to the museum’s heavy shipyard schedule, the log canoe has recently been deaccessioned from CBMM’s collection. Now, restoration work on the historic boat will be expedited at a commercial boatyard in accordance with the U.S. Secretary of Interior’s guidelines for restoration of historic vessels.

Noble says the group has raised enough money to start the project, and seeks to raise a total of $150k to fully fund the restoration. Work on Flying Cloud is currently underway at Campbell’s Boatyards in Oxford, Md.

Flying Cloud was built on Tilghman Island, Md. in 1932 by the legendary John B. Harrison, who also built Flying Cloud’s sister ship, Jay Dee, a year earlier. Flying Cloud was designed to beat the best log canoes of the day. Her elegant lines, Honduran mahogany decks, and crew outfitted in white uniforms created a striking image on the water.

Photo credit: Kathy Noble

The last time Flying Cloud raced was in 2016. During that racing season, she experienced multiple failures of key components. Additionally—and as with all log canoes—time and the stresses of competition have deteriorated the logs of the hull, despite ongoing maintenance. Recognized on the National Register of Historic Places, Flying Cloud races under the No. 22, and is the second largest racing log canoe in existence today, measuring less than a foot smaller than Jay Dee.

Flying Cloud is an exceptional artifact of this sailing tradition unique to the Eastern Shore. Her careful restoration and return to the racing circuit is imperative if we are to preserve this piece of our maritime heritage,” remarked Flying Cloud Log Canoe Preservation Trust President Ned Hennighausen.

The Trust is actively seeking donors, former crew members, and other interested parties to help bring Flying Cloud back to her place on the water. To make a donation or to volunteer to join her new crew, please contact Allan Noble at Allan.noble22@gmail.com or Ned Hennighausen at ned.henn@gmail.com.  The Flying Cloud Log Canoe Preservation Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, with charitable donations tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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. 30 through Oct. 26, 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, activities, 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 cbmm.org/lighthouseovernights.

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 cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

Headliner, Crab Prices Set for Watermen’s Appreciation Day

Local band Bird Dog and the Road Kings will return as the featured performer on Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. Beginning at 11am, the live performance is part of the festivities at the 10th 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. Based on market price, steamed crabs will be available for $25 per dozen this year.

Bird Dog and the Road Kings

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, and free for all children 5 and under. CBMM members, along with licensed watermen and their immediate families, get discounted admission at $10 per adult and $6 per child age 6–17.

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

CBMM to Host Working Artists Forum Show August 17-18

Members of the public are invited to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Saturday, Aug. 17, and Sunday, Aug. 18, for an art show by the Working Artists Forum. This year’s show—Water, Water, Everywhere—will feature 30 juried professional artists and their works.

This is the second consecutive year for this show to be held on CBMM’s waterfront St. Michaels, Md., campus. All works exhibited at the show are for sale, and include framed pieces done in oil, acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media. The Working Artists Forum is a juried group of more than 100 professional artists that meets monthly, hosts local exhibitions, and donates annually to arts programs in local schools. To learn more, visit workingartistsforum.com.

Artwork by Kathy Kopec

Water, Water, Everywhere will be held in the Van Lennep Auditorium from 10am–5pm, with entrance to the show included with CBMM’s regular two-day admission. On Friday, Aug. 16, from 4–6pm, the Working Artists Forum will host a public reception to meet the featured artists. Regular CBMM admission is required to attend the reception.

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 cbmm.org.

August 11 Brings Crabs, Watermen’s Rodeo to St. Michaels

On Sunday, Aug. 11, the 10th 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.

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.

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.

“It’s a great day of celebrating the Chesapeake Bay’s watermen—from the rodeo, to the cold beer, hot crabs, and live music” said TWA President Jeff Harrison. “And we’re grateful to partner with CBMM on this important fundraising event for the last 10 years.”

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 26 and posted at cbmm.org.

“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 11am, 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, including the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse. Festival-goers can also watch the restoration of the 1912 tug Delaware, now underway in the shipyard through 2020. Special exhibitions include On Land and On Sea: A Century of Women in the Rosenfeld Collection, which continues through April 5, 2020, and Deconstructing Decoys: The Culture of Collecting, which continues in CBMM’s Waterfowling building through Nov. 1.

Admission to the 10am–5pm, 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 5 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 cbmm.org/watermensday, with tickets also sold at the door the day of the event. Discounted watermen’s tickets will also 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 and from CBMM running throughout the day.

For safety reasons, non-service dogs need to be kept home during CBMM festivals, including Watermen’s Appreciation Day. Carry-on alcohol from dock or land is also prohibited. Spectator boats wishing to view the competition from the water must remain outside the buoyed channel.

For more information, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

Annual Charity Boat Auction Returns to CBMM

This Labor Day weekend, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will host its 22nd annual Charity Boat Auction on Saturday, Aug. 31. More than 70 donated boats and watercraft—ranging in size and performance from luxury boats to dinghies—will be in the water and on land to be auctioned off to the highest bidders.

“This is an absolute auction, meaning all boats will be sold the day of the event, with no minimums or reserves, and CBMM staff and volunteers will be on hand at an onsite title office for ease of transfer and title work.” said CBMM’s Charity Boat Donation Program Director Taylor Williams. “These donated boats are sold year-round, and will be sold up until a few days prior to the auction.”

The event also includes a flea market-style tag sale from 9–11am, where guests can purchase a variety of used boating gear, including ground tackle, electrical equipment, hardware, rope, chain, oars, life jackets, fishing tackle, motors, and more.

Proceeds from the rain-or-shine event benefit the children and adults served by CBMM’s education, restoration, and exhibition programming.

In addition to being listed online, auction boats will be available for preview at CBMM on Friday, Aug. 30, from 9am–5pm, with a $5 non-member admission. Guests can also preview the boats on auction grounds beginning at 8am the day of the event, with bidding beginning at 11am. Food and beverages will be available for purchase starting at 10:30am.

“We work with donors all year-round, many caring for a boat they are no longer using, or having an inherited a boat that won’t be used,” said Williams. “And these gifts are deductible to the full extent allowed by law.”

On Aug. 31, CBMM’s Fogg’s Landing gates open at 8am, with free event entrance for CBMM members and children ages 5 and under. Otherwise, general admission is $5 per person until 11am, with a $5 paddle fee for registered bidders. After 11am, regular two-day admission rates apply.For safety reasons, non-service dogs are prohibited during CBMM festivals and special events, including the Charity Boat Auction.

For the official rules, auction details, and inventory updates, visit cbmm.org/boatauction, or contact boatdonation@cbmm.org or 410-745-4942.

CBMM Invites Families to Boatshop Program

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., will offer another summer session of its Family Boatshop program on Saturday, Aug. 3. Participation is limited, with advanced registration needed.

Families participating in this 9am–4pm program are invited to join carver and master model maker Ed Thieler to learn the basic skills needed to carve their very own nameboards. Materials and basic tools will be included, and guests are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch.

This program is limited to children 10 years of age and older, who must be accompanied by an adult. The cost includes one child and one adult and costs $75, with a 20% discount for CBMM members. Registration for additional children is $20 per child. Scholarships are available for participants in the Talbot Mentors program; to learn more about this partnership, contact Shipyard Education Programs Manger Jenn Kuhn at jkuhn@cbmm.org. Registration for all participants is available at cbmm.org/shipyardprograms.

CBMM’s Apprentice for a Day Shipyard Programs take place year-round, offering demonstrations, workshops, intensives with visiting master craftsmen, on-the-water experiences, and customized programming. Programs take place on weekends and select weekdays, and include a variety of programs for every interest and age. To find one that’s right for you, visit cbmm.org/shipyardprograms.

CBMM to Host Free Sunday Funday

The public is invited to join the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for a free Sunday Funday on July 21, from 1—4pm. This event will include an afternoon of music, lawn games, and friendly competition.

Bring your friends for a round of giant Jenga or cornhole, or perhaps test your balance on the slackline. Sailing and rowing small craft will be available for rent, and the Mt. LeConte Jug Band, a grassroots Americana group from Spring City, Tenn., will be playing from 2–4pm. Sunday Funday is a great way to connect with old friends and meet new ones, all while enjoying excellent music and games.

This event will take place on CBMM’s Fogg’s Landing, with participants welcome to bring their favorite food, beverage, or game. Grills, coolers, and ice will be available for use. No registration is required.

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 cbmm.org.

CBMM to Host Introduction to Greenland Paddling Workshop

On Saturday, July 27, join Qajaq USA (pronounced “kayak”) and Delmarva Paddlers Retreat at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for a workshop focusing on the origins and techniques of Greenland paddling. This workshop will run from 10am–4pm and launch from Fogg’s Cove on CBMM’s St. Michaels, Md., campus.Registration is required.

Greenland paddling is a tradition based on a 1,000-year-old Inuit design, which provides reduced stress on hands, elbows, and shoulders without any loss of control or power. The Greenland paddle has a long, narrow blade about the width of the kayaker’s shoulders and less than four inches across, which tapers to a shaft or “loom.”

CBMM Shipyard Education Programs Manager Jenn Kuhn practices a kayak roll with a Greenland paddle.

Participants are encouraged to try paddling one of the skin-on-frame kayaks over the course of the workshop. Skin-on-frame kayaks are lightweight, built traditionally of seal skin covering a driftwood frame. Today, these kayaks are usually made with woven fabric and are surprisingly tough. Paddlers will also have opportunities to learn about the proper sizing of gear, how to execute wet exits, proper paddling techniques and strokes, and more. There will be introductions to bracing, advanced strokes, and rolling for those who are interested. The workshop is customizable, with extensive options for both new and advanced paddlers.

For more information about Qajaq USA, visit qajaqusa.org. For more information about Delmarva Paddlers Retreat, visit delmarvapaddlersretreat.org.

The cost for the workshop is $100 for non-members, with a 20% discount available for CBMM members. To register and for more information, visit cbmm.org/greenlandintro.

Learn to Row July 13 in St. Michaels

Eastern Shore Community Rowers will be holding an Introduction to Rowing workshop on Saturday, July 13 from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. A rain date is set for Saturday, July 20, with participation limited, and advanced registration needed.

Led by ESCR members, participants will gain an understanding of the equipment rowers use and the physical techniques of rowing, along with the opportunity to be on the Miles River in a rowing shell.

Participants must be 14 years of age or older, and have the ability to swim and to lift and board a low-to-water rowing shell. Participants are encouraged to wear socks and non-baggy athletic clothing, and to bring drinking water in a re-usable container.

The three-hour workshop is $40 per person, with a 20% discount for CBMM members, and registration at cbmm.org/introrowing.

With a mission to foster a stronger, healthier community and environment by promoting, educating, and training individuals of all ages and abilities in the sport of rowing, Eastern Shore Community Rowers is a non-profit organization committed to bringing excellence in rowing to the diverse communities of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. For more information, go to escrowers.org.

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. For more information, visit cbmm.org  or call 410-745-2916.

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