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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.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Martha's Annual Maintenance

 
Vessel Maintenance Manager Michael Gorman reports the dovetail Martha was recently hauled out on the rail for her annual maintenance. Every year the Bronza Parks-built deadrise receives fresh paint, zincs and any cotton caulking that needs replacing. Martha is a Hooper Island draketail (or dovetail) built in 1934. She has an Oldsmobile 455 gas engine, and is on permanent display along Fogg’s Cove at the museum’s Waterman’s Wharf docks

The shipwrights, volunteers, and apprentices of the museum are making sure she looks her best for the November 2nd launching of the skipjack Rosie Parks. Both the Martha and Rosie were built in Wingate, MD by the famed shipwright.