Watch Log Canoe Races Aboard Winnie Estelle

Join the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum aboard the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle this summer for an up-close and personal view of the Chesapeake Baysailing log canoe races on the Miles River.

The two-hour scenic cruises begin with the Miles River Yacht Club’s 4th of July Series on June 29 and 30, and continue on select dates through CBMM’s Bartlett Cup on September 15. Boarding is limited, with all cruises dependent on marine conditions.

These iconic Chesapeake Bay sailing log canoes only race along the Chester, Miles, Choptank, and Tred Avon rivers on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. With long masts and large sails, these boats keep upright as they accelerate to speeds of 10 knots or more, thanks to crew members climbing to the ends of 15-foot boards that hang off the side of the canoe.

These two-hour special cruises aboard Winnie Estelle offer scenic views and photo opportunities, along with commentary from CBMM’s docents and crew. The cost is $35 per person, with a 20% discount for CBMM members. Cruises fill early, with dates, departure times, and online registration at

Maryland Historical Society Awards Brewington Book Prize to John C. North II

The Maritime Committee of the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) has awarded the 2019 Brewington Book Prize to Judge John C. North II for his book, “Tradition, Speed, and Grace: Chesapeake Bay Log Sailing Canoes” (St. Michaels, Maryland: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, 2018).

The Marion V. Brewington Prize is awarded annually by MdHS for the best book on the maritime history related to the Chesapeake Bay or the nation. The prize comes with a $500 honorarium and is named for Brewington, a legendary maritime curator and historian from Salisbury, Maryland.

During the past year, the Maritime Committee considered several maritime and naval books dealing with historical aspects of Chesapeake Bay and beyondThe well-written “Tradition, Speed, and Grace,” traces the development of the unique and historic Chesapeake log sailing canoes whose survival over many years is likely due to the tradition of racing these delicate craft on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. In this beautiful book, Judge North narrates his perspective on the sport’s history from over 70 years of personal participation in log canoe racing. This 150-page hard cover book contains more than 140 color and black and white illustrations and photographs.

More information about “Tradition, Speed, and Grace” is available here:

Author John C. North II was born and raised in Talbot County and served as States Attorney for Talbot County, Judge of the District and Circuit Courts, and Chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission. He was one of the founders of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. His family now owns and campaigns four Chesapeake Bay log racing canoes, and he skippers Island Bird, built in 1882 by his grandfather.

Marion V. Brewington (1902-1974) was a distinguished maritime curator and historian. During World War II, he was the curator for the U.S. Navy. After the war, he was the maritime curator of MdHS, a trustee of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and later held curatorial and administrative positions at the Peabody Museum of Salem, Massachusetts, and the Kendall Whaling Museum in Sharon, Massachusetts. His books include “Chesapeake Bay: A Pictorial History and Chesapeake Bay Log Canoes and Bugeyes.”


Founded in 1844, the Maryland Historical Society is the state’s oldest continuously operating cultural institution. In keeping with the founders’ commitment to preserve the remnants of Maryland’s past, MdHS remains the premier institution for state history. With over 350,000 art objects and artifacts and 7 million documents and books, the Society now serves more than 100,000 people through its museum, library, press and educational programs. Learn more at

CBMM to Host Volunteer Fair June 27

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is planning its first-ever Volunteer Fair, inviting both existing and potential volunteers to its waterfront campus this summer.

Scheduled for 10am–noon on Thursday, June 27, the Volunteer Fair will be a chance for guests to mix and mingle with current volunteers and staff members and to learn about volunteer opportunities with CBMM. The Volunteer Fair is free, but registration is encouraged to

CBMM would not be the success it is today without the generous commitment of its dedicated volunteers—over the past year, more than 280 volunteers logged more than 28,870 hours of service to the museum. Volunteers put their hearts into many facets of CBMM’s operations, including education, exhibition maintenance, gardening, boatbuilding, marina operations, administration, and so much more.

In addition to fellowship, training, and enrichment trips, volunteers also enjoy special events and socials throughout the year, an annual recognition reception, library privileges, discounts in the Museum Store, and more. For details, visit

Officials Help Celebrate Start of Maryland Dove Construction

State officials, members of the Historic St. Mary’s City Commission and Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Board of Governors, staff from both HSMC and CBMM, and members of the public all gathered in St. Michaels, Md., in June to help celebrate the beginning of construction of the new Maryland Dove.

As part of CBMM’s Maritime Day festivities, a keel laying ceremony for the new ship—a reproduction of the 17th-century trading ship that in 1634 accompanied the first European settlers to what is now Maryland—dignitaries from both sides of the Chesapeake Bay offered remarks and congratulations on the start of the historic project.

Remarks were given by Pete Lesher, CBMM’s Chief Curator; Regina Faden, Executive Director of HSMC; and Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, on behalf of Governor Larry Hogan.

Guests at CBMM’s June 1 Maritime Day sign their names to the new Maryland Dove’s keel.

“We are absolutely committed to preserving the heritage and the history of our state, and especially our maritime heritage,” Haddaway-Riccio said. “We are really pleased that this new Dove is going to be more authentic and more like the original Dove—I think that is something that is really to be commended.”

Also in attendance were State Senator Addie Eckardt, from District 37; State Senator Jack Bailey, from District 29; State Delegate Johnny Mautz, from District 37B; Michael Bibb, Commissioner for the Town of St. Michaels; Father William George, Chair of the Historic St. Mary’s City Commission; and Melissa Kelly, Eastern Shore Liaison for Senator Chris Van Hollen.

All of the day’s attendees were invited to sign their name on Maryland Dove’s new keel, to see the lofting of its new design, and to help make trunnels, or large wooden nails, that will be used during its construction.

Maryland Dove is owned by the State of Maryland and maintained and operated by Historic St. Mary’s City. CBMM’s construction of its successor will take place in full public view through 2021. To learn more about the existing Maryland Dove and CBMM’s construction of the new ship, visit, a recently launched website dedicated to Maryland Dove’s past, present, and future.

Paddle with the President June 25 at CBMM

On Tuesday, June 25, from 5:30–7:30pm, join Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum President Kristen Greenaway for a relaxed evening paddle on the Miles River and a demonstration of how to use a Greenland paddle.

Born and raised in New Zealand, Greenaway spent part of her youth with her parents and two siblings living aboard a 32-foot wooden yacht her father built. She is a frequent participant in the annual WaterTribe Everglades Challenge, a 300-mile, day/night small craft event from Tampa to the Florida Keys.

CBMM President Kristen Greenaway

Noted to reduce stress on hands, elbows, and shoulders without sacrificing control and power, the Greenland paddle is remarkable for its narrower and longer blade. Based on a 1,000-year-old Intuit design, the paddle measures about the width of the kayaker’s shoulders, with a blade that is less than four inches wide that tapers to a shaft or “loom.”

The cost for paddlers bringing their own kayak is $20, or participants can rent a kayak and gear for $35. A 20% discount is available for CBMM members. Kayaks will be launched from CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove, and paddlers should bring water and a head lamp.

Participation is limited, with advanced registration required to The rain date for the event is Thursday, June 27. To learn more about this and other programs at CBMM, visit

See Maryland Dove in St. Michaels June 28–30

Maryland Dove will arrive at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Friday, June 28, and can be seen out on the Miles River and dockside through Sunday, June 30. A reproduction of the 17th century trading ship that accompanied the first European settlers to what is now Maryland, the vessel will be open for boarding to all CBMM guests.

“We are honored to host Maryland Dove,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “The ship is an important piece of maritime and American history—especially Maryland history—and we hope everyone will visit to experience it for themselves.”

Built in a shipyard near Cambridge, Md., in 1978, Maryland Dove is owned by the state of Maryland and operated and maintained by the Historic St. Mary’s City Commission. From now through 2021, CBMM’s working Shipyard will be constructing the ship’s successor in full public view. To learn more about Maryland Dove and CBMM’s efforts to build the new vessel, visit

“We are grateful to CBMM, our partner and host, for helping us share Maryland’s ship with visitors on the Eastern Shore,” said Regina Faden, executive director at Historic St. Mary’s City. “Not everyone is able to come to St. Mary’s City, so we’re coming to them!”

The tours are free with CBMM admission, which is good for two days and is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $6 for children ages 6–17, and free for active military, CBMM members, and children aged 5 and under. For more information, visit or call 410-745-2916.

CBMM Summer Camps Begin June 24

Beginning June 24 and continuing through Aug. 16, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., is offering a full slate of week-long summer camps this year. In age-appropriate Chesapeake-themed sessions for ages 4–15, campers will explore the magic of the Chesapeake Bay’s people, animals, and environment, with an emphasis on creating a fun, hands-on learning environment that includes on-the-water and environmental activities, stories, games, crafts, and other creative projects.

CBMM’s Sea Squirts summer camp sessions for children 4–6 years old are offered during the weeks of June 24, July 1, July 15, July 22, Aug. 5, and Aug. 12. The Sea Squirts camp takes place Monday through Friday from 9am–noon, with the exception of the July 4th holiday.

The Terrapins summer camp sessions for children entering grades one–three are offered the weeks of June 24, July 1, July 8, July 22, July 29, and Aug. 5. Herons summer camp sessions for children entering grades four–six are offered the weeks of July 8, July 15, July 29, and Aug. 12. Each session runs Monday through Friday from 9am–3pm.

Students entering grades six to nine are invited to participate in Build it. Boat it. Summer Camp, a collaboration between CBMM’s Rising Tide Program and the Sultana Education Foundation. Held July 22–26 from 9am–3pm daily, the week offers campers the chance to spend part of their day working on a project in the Shipyard, and then head out on a paddling adventure with Sultana staff members.

CBMM camps allow campers to explore CBMM’s 18-acre campus and numerous exhibition buildings as part of the program. Each session is limited to a maximum of 12 children; cost varies for each program, with a 20 percent discount on tuition for CBMM members. Scholarships are available for campers with financial need. For more information and to register, visit

Ecology Cruises Aboard Winnie Estelle Offered this Summer

On Thursday, June 20, from 10–11:30am, children and adults are invited to join Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum educators aboard buyboat Winnie Estelle for an up-close and personal exploration of the Miles River and its unique habitat and ecology.The cruise will be offered again on Tuesday, July 16, from 1–2:30pm, and Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 10–11:30am.

During the ecology cruise, participants will learn how to monitor the water quality of the river, perform water testing, and explore the critters on an oyster reef, all while cruising in the breeze on CBMM’s buyboat. Birders will enjoy the route, which features a route near Long Point Island, known for its eagle and osprey populations and heron rookery.

Built in 1920 by Noah T. Evans—a native Smith Islander—Winnie Estelle was used as a workboat on the lower Chesapeake for more than 50 years, carrying seafood and produce to market across the Bay. In the 1970s, she made Belize her port of call, where she operated as an island trader, carrying lumber from Honduras to Belize, and later as a charter boat for divers. She returned to the Chesapeake in 2012.

Cruises aboard Winnie Estelle are also offered to watch Miles River log canoe races on June 29 and 30, July 27 and 28, and Sept. 7, 14, and 15. For details, visit

Boarding passes for the CBMM’s ecology cruises are $20, with a 20% discount for CBMM members and registration required to For more on Winnie Estelle or CBMM, visit

CBMM Plans June Blacksmithing Workshops

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has scheduled two blacksmithing workshops this summer in its working Shipyard. The first is set for 10am–2:30pm Saturday, June 15, with the second offering from 10am–2:30pm Sunday, June 16. Advanced registration is required for both.

Guests are invited to join Med Chandler, owner of Ships Coy. Forge, for these hands-on programs focused on forging hot iron by hammer and anvil. Chandler has been forging iron since 2003, when he was working at a 1740s living museum in New Hampshire. He is both a sailor and a shipwright. In 2010,he opened Ships Coy. Forge, specializing in hand-forged tools for boatbuilders, timber framers, and other craftsmen.

Participants in these June workshops will have the opportunity to learn the basics of blacksmithing and bring home their own hand-forged projects. Chandler will guide participants in the techniques of forging small projects such as nails, wall hooks, forks, and bottle openers. Materials and basic tools are included; participants are encouraged to bring a lunch.

The cost for each workshop is $100, with a 20% discount for CBMM members. To sign up or to learn about any of CBMM’s other Apprentice for a Day Shipyard Programs,visit

Antique & Classic Boat Festival Adds Boat Rides

This year’s Antique & Classic Boat Festival at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. will bring more people out on the water with free boat rides from 10-3pm on Saturday, June 15.

The boat rides will be offered on a selection of antique and classic boats participating in the festival, with boarding and sign ups taking place at the dock located in front of CBMM’s Steamboat Building.

Scenic river cruises aboard CBMM’s 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle will also be offered throughout the festival, with boarding and sign ups at the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse.

It’s all part of the 32nd annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival and the Arts at Navy Point, when wooden boats and fiberglass classics, vintage racers, and other antique and Chesapeake Bay-related boats come together at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum beginning Friday, June 14.

Hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, this Father’s Day weekend event brings a sense of nostalgia to the Miles River and CBMM’s docks and campus, drawing some of the area’s finest classic boats, nautical and maritime treasures, entertainment, food, and libations to this waterfront festival.

This year’s festival highlights racing on the Chesapeake, with some unique and high-powered racing boats expected to attend, along with land displays and seminars on the Bay’s association with power boat racing.

Festival hours are Friday from 11:00 am to 5:00pm, and Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, with the Arts at Navy Point and limited boat displays continuing on Sunday from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Friday and Saturday admission is $5 for CBMM adult members, or $18 for adults; $15 for seniors and students with ID; and $6 for children 6-17. Admission to the festival on Sunday is free for CBMM members or regular museum admission for non-members. For safety reasons, non-service dogs are prohibited at CBMM festivals.

Festival parking and a Saturday shuttle service are free, with CBMM a short walk to specialty shops, restaurants, inns, bed & breakfasts, and other attractions in St. Michaels’ historic district. For advanced tickets and more information about the festival, visit or call 410-745-2916. For information about CBMM, visit and for information on the Antique & Classic Boat Society’s Chesapeake Bay Chapter, visit

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