In addition to the Tall Ships participating in Sultana’s Downrigging Weekend, the Festival also draws a considerable fleet of privately owned wooden boats. Below is just a sample of the types of watercraft you can expect to see at Downrigging Weekend. Check back as new boats are being added daily.
25-foot electric launch built at Batchelor's Point Boatyard, Oxford, MD in 1981. This custom boat was designed to resemble the owner's launches on early 20th century private yachts such as CORSAIR, owned by J. P. Morgan.
36' double ended Sharpie Gaff Schooner representative of halibut fishing vessels from the late 1800's in the Juan de Fuca Strait, Pacific Northwest. Built new by John Swain, Nick Biles and Dominic Dragotta, launched June, 2012.
The boat is a reconstruction of a 18th century ship’s jolly boat from the ship Columbia. The Columbia was under the command of Captain Gray who explored the mouth of the Columbia River in 1792. This type boat was used mainly to ferry personnel to and from the ship or for other small scale activities.
Molly Malone is a contemporary replica of a boat designed and built by renowned yacht designer, builder, and engineer Nathanael Greene Herreschoff for his personal use in 1889. Built to construction plans by Doug Hylan her glued Meranti plywood lapstrake hull also incorporates woods native to builder Mark Ritter's home in Georgia including cypress, sassafras, osage orange, and black locust with poplar used for her laminated spars.
Old Point was one of a fleet of crab dredging boats that operated out of Hampton, Virginia, at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay from the 1910s through the 1960s. From December through March, captains and crews lived on their boats so they could leave early every morning and dredge for crabs all day.
In the summer and fall, Old Point carried fish and oysters to packing houses or to market. Old Point’s hull was built the old-fashioned way, hewn from seven pine logs. At that time big logs were hard to get, but watermen still preferred a solid log boat if they could get one.