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Dorchester Skipjack Committee, Inc.

The Dorchester Skipjack Committee was formed in 1992 as an offshoot of the Committee 100 of Dorchester, Inc. The Committee 100’s goal was to “improve the economy of Dorchester County through tourism by effectively marketing our area’s abundant natural beauty and our unique history.” Another Committee 100 project, the Richardson Maritime Museum, was founded at the same time and continues as a separate organization.

Founded to Preserve the Heritage

At the time, it had been nearly forty years since a working skipjack was built on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The original mission of the Dorchester Skipjack Committee was to document and preserve the skills and knowledge of building and operating these unique vessels before the heritage was lost.

It fulfilled that mission by building the Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester.

Committed to Sharing the Heritage

Our Mission Statement

To preserve and share
Dorchester County's skipjack heritage by:

  • Owning a traditional Chesapeake Bay skipjack and operating it as a commercial passenger vessel with the highest standards of safety, professionalism, training and maintenance;

  • Operating the boat to attract visitors, encouraging the participation of volunteers, and developing and enhancing their appreciation for skipjacks and understanding their role in the Eastern Shore's maritime heritage and the Chesapeake Bay's ecology;

  • Preserving and sharing wooden boat building and maintenance skills as documented in the records from building the Nathan of Dorchester and as used in maintaining the skipjack.

The Dorchester Skipjack Committee, an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, continues to own, operate and maintain the Nathan with a new mission focused on sharing that heritage. Our Board and volunteers meet the first Thursday of each month to handle organization business.

Volunteers serve as crew and carpenters, reservation takers, members of the Board of Directors, and all the other positions involved in running a nonprofit organization. Many of us wear numerous hats! We have no home office other than the boat. Our administrative volunteers all help from their own homes and offices.

Your Donations Support Our Efforts

To date, while grants have been received from private organizations such as the Nathan Foundation and the Chesapeake Bay Trust in support of ongoing activities and educational programs, the only public funding received since the Nathan was conceived has been a grant that we received thanks to our partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, a part of the National Park Service, to help fund our “Building the Last Skipjack” video, the story of the construction of the Nathan of Dorchester.

All donations received that are not specifically targeted to the Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race, go to the Nathan and her maintenance. Even as the youngest skipjack on the Bay built to be a dredge boat, the Nathan requires substantial upkeep, so your contributions are always most welcome!

Make a donation securely online, by credit card or Paypal, by clicking on the button above. Or you can mail your tax-deductible contribution to the address below:

Dorchester Skipjack Committee, Inc.
P.O. Box 1224
Cambridge, MD 21613