Students Launch Skiffs

Rising Tide students launched skiffs at Community Day

As part of the festivities during the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Community Day on Sunday, May 20, student participants in CBMM’s Rising Tide Program launched two newly built Smith Island outboard skiffs.

Rising Tide offers free boatbuilding classes, workshops, camps, and events throughout the year for students in grades six to nine. Students in the program have been constructing the two skiffs, named Mary and Susan for Maryland flag and blacked-eyed Susan designs painted on them, since last September.

The boats were launched from the dock on CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove. Additional highlights from Community Day included live music from The Skylarks and Front Porch Orchestra, free boat rides and access to CBMM’s small craft, and a Bay Explorer’s scavenger hunt and build-a-boat activity for children.

Community Day coincided with the second day of the 12th Maritime Model Expo, hosted by CBMM’s Model Guild. Model Expo activities will include a radio-controlled skipjack regatta from the Steamboat Building’s docks, pond demonstrations & races, model races, special exhibits, and more.

Community Day is generously sponsored by Choptank Electric Cooperative and Ewing, Dietz, Fountain & Kaludis, P.A.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. CBMM offers free and reduced admission programs throughout the year, including its Free in February program, and as a Blue Star Museum and Museums for All participant. For more information, visit