Participating Ships & Boats

Here are some of the Tall Ships, schooners and wooden boats you can look forward to seeing at Downrigging Weekend.

Click here if you are interested in exhibiting your boat.


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Boat Name
ADROIT
Year Built
1981
LOA (length over all)
27
Owner's Name
Christian Havemeyer
Designer Name
Christian Havemeyer
Builder
Batchelor's Point Boatyard, Oxford, MD
Boat Type
Power
Vessel Description

27' Electric "saloon" launch built on the Eastern Shore in 1981. Loosely modeled after the launches found on 19th century steam yachts. Her hull is fiberglass and her superstructure is mahogany and pine. She has a 4 HP electric motor driven by 48 volts of batteries. The launch cruises at 4 knots and can sustain that for approximately 8 hours.

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Boat Name
E.E. Moore
Year Built
2012
LOA (length over all)
47
Owner's Name
John E. Swain
Designer Name
John E. Swain
Builder
John E. Swain
Boat Type
Sail
Vessel Description

E.E. Moore is a sharpie schooner designed and built by John E. Swain (builder of the schooner SULTANA) and inspired by historic sharpies documented by Howard Chapelle. Drawing just two feet of water E.E. Moore is ideal for exploring the rivers and creeks of the Chesapeake Bay. Named after Swain's grandfather, the schooner was launched in 2013 after eight years of construction at Swain's shop in Millington, MD.

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Boat Name
East Hampton
Year Built
1925
LOA (length over all)
65
Owner's Name
Barry Buckley
Designer Name
Huggins & Digs
Builder
Freeman Hudkins and Boney Diggs
Boat Type
Power
Vessel Description

East Hampton is a 1925 Hudkins and Diggs buyboat owned by Barry Buckley. She was originally built in Virginia to haul oysters and other market goods but is now used as a pleasure boat. East Hampton retains much of her original framing and construction and is an outstanding example of her type.

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Boat Name
Gwylan
Year Built
1977
LOA (length over all)
28
Owner's Name
Roger T. Prichard
Designer Name
L. Francis Herreshoff
Builder
McKie (Nick) Roth
Boat Type
Sail
Vessel Description

Gwylan is a 28 foot L. Francis Herreshoff H-28 ketch built in 1977 on the Sheepscot River in Westport, Maine by McKie (Nick) Roth. She very closely follows LFH's original 1942 plans except for the addition of the short bowsprit. She is planked in white cedar over oak framing, with bright mahogany deckhouse and trim.

She normally sails out of Riverton Yacht Club on the Delaware River opposite northeast Philadelphia, and is a handy vessel for day-sailing or simple cruising for one or two people.

For many seasons her owner has single-handed her on week-long cruises on the Delaware and all over the Upper Chesapeake. She spends her winters at Cutts and Case in Oxford, MD.

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Boat Name
Hair Of The Dog
Year Built
2008
LOA (length over all)
35
Owner's Name
J. Taylor Buckley
Designer Name
Kevin Doyle
Builder
Newport Yacht & Launch Inc.
Boat Type
Power
Vessel Description

An open, high speed launch with a curvy, rum runner look, Hair Of The Dog features sculpted radii and a vintage windscreen. She is powered by a 470 hp Volvo D6 and cruises at 20 k with a 31 k top end. Fishing from the vessel is prohibited, as she was built for cocktails and behaviors generally considered to be unacceptable.

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Boat Name
HOWARD BLACKBURN
Year Built
1951
LOA (length over all)
57
Owner's Name
Mark Roesner
Designer Name
Alden
Boat Type
Sail
Vessel Description

A 1951 Alden 57 ketch, HOWARD BLACKBURN was built from timber salvaged from the bottom of the Panama Cannel. The schooner is based in Baltimore and captained by Marc Rosener, who also built the original sailing rig for the schooner SULTANA. This vessel is limited to 6 passengers during Downrigging Weekend, and interested parties must book the entire boat to sail.

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Boat Name
KALMAR NYCKEL
Year Built
1900
LOA (length over all)
93
Owner's Name
Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
Designer Name
Tom Gilmer / Iver Franzen
Builder
Allen C. Rail
Boat Type
Sail
Vessel Description

The KALMAR NYCKEL is a re-creation of the first colonial Swedish
settlement ship to arrive in America. Launched in the Fall of 1997 this
ornately carved 17th century reproduction ship sails seasonally visiting
ports from the Mid-Atlantic through New England while carrying out her
mission of goodwill and providing educational opportunities for school
children.

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Boat Name
LADY MARYLAND
Year Built
1900
LOA (length over all)
104
Owner's Name
Living Classrooms Foundation
Designer Name
Ray Wallace
Boat Type
Sail
Vessel Description

Living Classroom’s Schooner and flagship LADY MARYLAND is a full scale
reproduction of a traditional 19th century Chesapeake Bay cargo schooner
called a pungy. LADY MARYLAND is part of a fleet of vessels used by
Living Classroom Foundation that teach students about the history and
environment of the Chesapeake.

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Boat Name
LYNX
Year Built
2001
LOA (length over all)
122
Owner's Name
Lynx Educational Foundation
Designer Name
Melbourne Smith
Builder
Rockport Marine
Boat Type
Sail
Vessel Description

The square topsail schooner LYNX has been designed and built to
interpret the general configuration and operation of a privateer
schooner from the War of 1812. Lynx sails as a living history museum and
as a floating classroom for the study of historical environmental and
ecological issues.

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Boat Name
Moondance
Year Built
1966
LOA (length over all)
38
Owner's Name
Ken & Valerie Overton
Designer Name
O'Neil Jones
Builder
O'Neil Jones
Boat Type
Power
Vessel Description

Moondance is a 1966 Chesapeake Bay Deadrise. She is a 38 foot version of O’Neil Jones’ coveted 42 foot charter boat design, of which he became famous. These boats were built upside down in a small shed at the head of a large tidal drainage ditch (the birth canal) in Wingate, a small village in Dorchester County. Her bottom is cross-planked with Atlantic White cedar and has yellow pine chines and chine boards. They were then flipped right-side-up and the long tedious strip-planking of the hull-sides would commence.

To this day an “O’Neil Jones” boat will lift eyebrows and spirits of those of us in the know. The charter boat design that Mr. Jones developed became the ultimate Bay boat, laid out to take six fishing for the day, along with a skipper and mate. Their distinct wide open flare at the bow and carefully constructed V-grooved fir canopies became the signatures of an O’Neil Jones boat. They were a “cut-above” other Charter boats providing ample stable room for those aboard. They would “troll” like no other boat whether in the throws of a frenzied fish-break under a cloud of gulls or on an evening pass under the Bay Bridge in a summer’s ebbing tide.

Moondance currently spends much of her time cruising the Chester River.

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Boat Name
Old Point
Year Built
1909
LOA (length over all)
52
Owner's Name
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Designer Name
Traditional
Builder
Unknown
Boat Type
Power
Vessel Description

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.

“[He] had transitions all during the year from fish, to oysters, to crabs. And at the beginning of every season, he would have a sick stomach and throw up for about a week or two.”
-William Carmine remembering his father-in-law, Captain Ernest Bradshaw, owner of Old Point, 2000

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Boat Name
Perri Lee
Year Built
1991
LOA (length over all)
32
Owner's Name
Lewis gayner
Designer Name
Gary Van Tassel/Larry Belkov
Builder
Larry Belkov
Boat Type
Power
Vessel Description

Perri Lee is a 32' wooden replica Drake Tail Skiff, one the types used for crabbing and oystering from about 1920 until the 50's. It was popular because for a given amount of horsepower it was faster than the more common Deadrise boats. It was more complex to build and after the 50's few were made. Probably less than 10 originals exist today. Perri Lee's lines were taken from Martha, one of the boats in the St Michaels Maritime Museum collection. It was built by Larry Belkov in Annapolis, MD, in 1991.

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Boat Name
Salt Shaker
Year Built
2018
LOA (length over all)
10
Owner's Name
Evan Gervais
Designer Name
John E. Swain
Builder
John E. Swain
Boat Type
Power
Vessel Description

Salt Shaker is a 10'6" traditional skiff designed by John E. Swain, builder of the schooner. Built by Swain, Dominic Dragotta, and Evan Gervais, Salt Shaker was launched in July 2018. The skiff is framed in Oak and Sassafras, and planked/decked in Cedar and plywood. She is powered by an 8hp outboard engine.

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Boat Name
SULTANA
Year Built
2001
LOA (length over all)
97
Owner's Name
Sultana Education Foundation
Designer Name
Benjamin Hallowell (1767)
Builder
John E. Swain
Boat Type
Sail
Vessel Description

SULTANA is a reproduction of 1768 namesake used by the British Royal
Navy to enforce the notorious tea taxes in the years preceding the
American Revolution. Built in Chestertown and launched in 2001, the new
SULTANA’s mission is to educate students of all ages about the history
and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Boat Name
VIRGINIA
Year Built
2005
LOA (length over all)
126
Owner's Name
Nauticus
Designer Name
Tri Coastal Marine
Builder
Tri-Coastal Marine
Boat Type
Sail
Vessel Description

VIRGINIA is a reproduction of the last all sail vessel built for the Virginia Pilot Association. The original ship sailed for the pilots from 1917-1926, training apprentice pilots in seamanship and navigation. The reproduction, built in Norfolk between 2002-2004, is also used as an educational platform. Her programs include courses in maritime history, marine science, maritime literature, and team-building for both students and adults. The ship has sailed as far south as Trinidad, east to Bermuda, north to Prince Edward Island, and all along the Atlantic Coast of the United States.