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Nathan of Dorchester

Nathan of Dorchester

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

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 nonprofitDorchester Skipjack Committee's volunteers.

Board 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.

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Last updated: February 27, 2020