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Welcome to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's Boatyard Blog, where all things related to Chesapeake Bay Boats are discussed. Follow the Museum's progress on historic Chesapeake boat restoration projects, watch wooden boats being built from scratch in our Apprentice For a Day program, and meet the dedicated staff and volunteers working hard to give you the experience of Chesapeake Bay history while preserving traditional Chesapeake Bay boat building techniques. Make sure to join us as a follower of this blog so you will be notified of new posts, and make comments on anything you see on the blog.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


From left: John Northrop, his son Mackenzie and CBMM Boat Yard Program Manager Dan Sutherland work on securing the bottom of a Smith Island Crabbing Skiff being built under the Museum's Apprentice for a Day program. Using bronze screws and clamps, the participants are securing the bottom planks to the boat's keelson and chine log. The public is invited to participate in the Apprentice for a Day program, with the winter session starting on January 8 and running most Saturdays and Sundays through the spring. The finished boats from the program are also offered for sale to the public. In this case, Mackenzie is building and helping to design this boat for his own use, with plans to go crabbing from his skiff this summer.

For the class schedule, click here. For more information, click here, or call 410-745-2916.

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