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Nathan of Dorchester!

Enjoy an Unforgettable Sail on a Chesapeake Bay Skipjack

The Nathan of Dorchester offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience the vanishing skipjack heritage of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Volunteer with us! Learn how you can help, by attending the New Volunteer Orientation, Monday, Feb. 22th, 6-8pm, Dorchester County Library, 303 Gay St, Cambridge, MD. Call 410-228-7141 or email for more info.

Since the 1880s, skipjacks have sailed the Chesapeake Bay. While there once were as many as 800 or more of these beautiful vessels, today fewer than two dozen of the original dredge boats remain. Only a handful still dredge for oysters, the last remnant of America’s only surviving commercial sailing fleet.

The Nathan was built by volunteers and launched twenty years ago, on the Fourth of July, 1994. She is the youngest of the Bay's skipjacks built to be a dredge boat, and still is owned, operated, crewed and maintained by the nonprofit Dorchester Skipjack Committee's volunteers.

Current Sailing AdvisoriesBoard the Nathan at our home port of Cambridge, Maryland, or join us at one of our port visits along the Chesapeake Bay. Explore our website to learn more.