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Historic log canoe Flying Cloud donated to CBMM

CBMM_FlyingCloudArrives CBMM_FlyingCloudBowspritHistoric log canoe Flying Cloud donated to CBMM

On June 26, the historic log canoe Flying Cloud arrived at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD, where it has joined the largest collection of Chesapeake Bay watercraft in the world. The boat was donated to CBMM by brothers Allan Noble and John Noble of Oxford, MD. The Nobles’ father had purchased Flying Cloud in 1955.

“This is a great acquisition for us,” said CBMM’s Chief Curator Pete Lesher. “Now, the museum will have two log canoes in our fleet—the smaller Edmee S. and the Flying Cloud, which is the second largest racing log canoe in existence today.”

Flying Cloud is generously sponsored this year by Hawthorn, PNC Family Wealth®. “We are thrilled to sponsor a truly local treasure of Chesapeake Bay racing,” said Nancy McColgan, Hawthorn, PNC Family Wealth managing director in greater Maryland. “PNC and Hawthorn have a longstanding tradition of serving the financial needs of the local community and supporting efforts to preserve and enrich the unique attributes of our region.”

Flying Cloud has been actively racing in the log canoe fleet for the last three seasons, following extensive repairs on her hull. She was skippered by Sean Callahan and, before the work on her hull, by Allan Noble. The museum is currently recruiting crew for the Flying Cloud, and plans to race her in the coming months.

Flying Cloud was built in 1932 by John B. Harrison for marine engineer and businessman A. Johnson Grymes, Sr., who had a summer home in Talbot County. Grymes lured Buck Richardson away from another canoe to skipper Flying Cloud, and Richardson sailed her successfully to win the Governor’s Cup. His crew was uniformed in yachting whites, and the presence of the Flying Cloud and other big, new canoes aroused acrimony among the sailors of the day. The boat was later acquired by Fred Kaiser of Virginia, who sailed the boat for pleasure but did not race her, and then, in 1952, by marine artist John Noble, Sr., of Staten Island.

Visitors to CBMM can see Flying Cloud dockside, or along its 18-acre waterfront campus, when she’s not sailing. The museum is open daily, with 12 exhibit buildings focused on life along the Chesapeake Bay. For more information, call 410-745-2916 or visit www.cbmm.org.

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Discover Cultures of Crabbing at CBMM July 26


CBMM_ChesapeakePeople_CulturesCrabbing_July26Discover Cultures of Crabbing at CBMM July 26

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, Cultures of Crabbing brings the Chesapeake’s crabbing traditions and industry to life at the waterfront Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD. During the program, visitors will see crab-picking and harvesting demonstrations, with information shared on crab biology, packing house operations, and the growing Hispanic population’s importance to the local crab industry.

The event is free for CBMM members or with general, two-day museum admission. The program is part of CBMM’s summer-long Chesapeake People program, which gives visitors the experience of meeting local, maritime tradition-bearers and skill demonstrators every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 410-745-2916 or visit www.cbmm.org.


CBMM offers Miles River cruise with the riverkeeper July 17

CBMM_RiverKeeperCruise_July17CBMM offers Miles River cruise with the riverkeeper July 17  

On Thursday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD invites the public to join the Midshore Riverkeeper® Conservancy’s (MRC) Drew Koslow aboard CBMM’s authentic buyboat, Winnie Estelle, for an up-close and personal exploration of the Miles River’s unique habitat and ecology.

Participants learn how to monitor and test the water quality of the river, explore the critters on an oyster reef, and discover the Miles River through the eyes of a riverkeeper.

MRC’s riverkeepers patrol local rivers by water and air, serving as guardians for these living resources. MRC is a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and protection of the waterways that comprise the Choptank River watershed, Eastern Bay, and the Miles and Wye Rivers.

Families with children are encouraged to participate, with pre-registration required, as space is limited. The cost to participate is $15 for CBMM members, or $20 for non-members. Pre-register by contacting 410-745-4941, or for more information visit www.cbmm.org.

Public Sailing at CBMM July 18, 19

PCBMM_PublicSailing_July18_19ublic Sailing at CBMM July 18, 19

Get out on the Miles River aboard one of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s (CBMM) wooden sailing or rowing skiffs on July 18 and 19 during its Public Sailing Days event. Two-hour sessions are offered on Friday between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participation is limited, with the cost at $10 per person, per two-hour session, plus museum admission for non-CBMM members. To register or for more information, call 410-745-4980 or email afad@cbmm.org.

Delaguila joins CBMM as shipwright apprentice

CBMM_Apprentice_DelaguilaJames_2014Delaguila joins CBMM as shipwright apprentice

James Delaguila of Bethlehem Township, NJ has joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD as a shipwright apprentice. Delaguila begins his apprenticeship working on the 1889 sailing log-bottomed bugeye, Edna E. Lockwood.

Delaguila joins CBMM after recently completing the International Yacht Restoration School’s (IYRS) two-year boatbuilding and restoration program. During his time at IYRS, Delaguila mastered the fundamentals of wooden boatbuilding.

Prior to attending IYRS, Delaguila received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in economics from The New School. His work experience includes six years as the health care market research study director at Ipsos Healthcare.

Delaguila was introduced to CBMM when he participated in the museum’s Apprentice for a Day public boatbuilding program and a CBMM journeyman shipwright encouraged him to attend IYRS.

Upon completing his one-year apprenticeship, Delaguila plans to pursue a career in historical wooden boat restoration.

CBMM’s professional shipwright apprentice program provides recent wooden boatbuilding school graduates on-the-job training through the restoration and maintenance of the largest collection of Chesapeake Bay watercraft in the world. For more information, visit the “Working Boatyard” page under the “Learn” tab at www.cbmm.org.

“Historic Ships of Delmarva” exhibit now at CBMM


CBMM_HistoricShipsPhotoExhibit_2 CBMM_HistoricShipsPhotoExhibit_1“Historic Ships of Delmarva” exhibit now at CBMM

A “Historic Ships of Delmarva” photography exhibit has opened in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s (CBMM) Van Lennep Auditorium and will continue through September.

The display features images of regional ships by photographers Frances Borchardt and Carol Donahue. The Delmarva Peninsula includes the state of Delaware, and the areas of Maryland and Virginia to the east of the Chesapeake Bay.

Borchardt’s display features the Delaware-based Kalmar Nyckel, a replica 1628 full-rigged tall ship, with Donahue exhibiting the Chesapeake’s Pride of Baltimore II, a replica topsail schooner that was effective during the War of 1812. Borchardt and Donahue utilize non-traditional photography methods to focus on the details of the ships. Borchardt incorporates photographs into printer type case compartments, while Donahue uses the Vandyke alternative photographic printing process.

Borchardt worked as a magazine photo editor for more than twenty-five years and attributes her career choice to developing an eye for visual storytelling. The Washington Post, Maryland Public Television, and National Public Radio’s Art Beat program have featured her work.

Donahue became interested in photography when her father-in-law gave her a Kodak 35 mm camera. Today, Donahue displays her work throughout the region and is a member of 6 Artists, the Maryland Federation of Art, Anne Arundel County Arts Council, Howard County Arts Council, and the Print Center.

The exhibit is open daily during museum hours and is free for CBMM members or with general, two-day admission. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.


19th century sailor’s life explored at CBMM July 11

CBMM_SailorsLifePrograms1812_July1119th century sailor’s life explored at CBMM July 11

Join the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD, on July 11 as historians Matthew and Juliann Krogh present two living history programs exploring the highlights and challenges of a sailor’s life during the early 19th century.

From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, July 11, the “It’s a Sailor’s Life for Me!” family program engages all ages by creating an interactive learning experience that takes participants back in time to 1812 and revisits the adventures experienced by British and American sailors. Families will hear true tales of mariners as they interact with visitors from the past.

Also on Friday, July 11 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., “Marlinspike Sailors and Courageous Cuttermen: American Mariners in the War of 1812,” invites participants to revisit the skill and bravery of sailors who served in America’s maritime armed services. The program will focus on shipboard life in the Revenue Cutter Service and U.S. Navy while showcasing shipbuilding, uniforms, food, navigation, rope work, small arms, medicine, games, and sailing terms. The program also explores the sea battles and leaders that impacted the War of 1812, which started over free trade and sailors’ rights.

With more than 10 years’ experience reenacting the Colonial Period, the War of 1812, and the Civil War, Matthew and Juliann Krogh volunteer as part of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Historic Ships Company, a unit designed to honor and portray the mission of the Coast Guard with respect to the War of 1812 bicentennial.

Both presentations take place in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium. The “It’s a Sailor’s Life for Me!” morning program is $5 for CBMM members, and $10 for non-members. The “Marlinspike Sailors and Courageous Cuttermen” evening program is $10 for CBMM members, or $15 for non-members. Seating is limited with pre-registration needed by calling 410-745-4941. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org.

CBMM volunteers recognized for service

CBMM_Volunteers_2014 CBMM_Volunteer_BobMasonCBMM volunteers recognized for service 

On June 12 at a reception held in the Van Lennep Auditorium in St. Michaels, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) recognized a dedicated team of more than 200 volunteers for their combined 29,021 hours of service towards the museum over the last year. Several volunteers were recognized by CBMM staff for their work with the education, buildings and grounds, curatorial, museum store, boatyard, boat donations, administrative, communications, and events departments.

Special recognition was given to volunteers with the highest hours of service, including Bob Mason with 7,000 hours; Lorraine Glass and John Hawkinson with 6,000 hours; Don Parks and Mary Sue Traynelis with 4,000 hours; Lloyd Devigne, Jerry Friedman, Roger Galvin, Al Kubeluis, Bob Petizon, and Helen Womack with 3,000 hours; Sam Barnett, Mike Corliss, Steve Murphy, Mary Ann Ray, and Cliff Stretmater with 2,000 hours; Ed Alvarado, Audrey Brown, Russ Cochran, Rick Kuba, and Bob Traynelis with 1,500 hours; and Sandy Canon-Brown, Dick Clayton, Bill Day, Bob Hoskins, Bill Hough, Pat and Kirby Scott, Karen Shook, and Jody Stumpf with 1,000 hours.

“Each year, we gather together for a few hours to say a collective “thank you” to our dedicated corps of volunteers,” commented CBMM’s Director of Events and Volunteer Programming Melissa Spielman. “Despite our intent or how heartfelt these words are, we find that they are still woefully inadequate for the mountains of gratitude this place and our staff individually feel for our volunteers—for the time they give, for the efforts they put forth, for being here to support our mission, and to help each of us succeed in our work. We are very grateful for their service.”

Volunteer opportunities are available at CBMM with education programs, docent-guided tours, volunteer-run river cruises, administrative duties, the maintenance of 18 acres and dockage at the museum, as well as a fleet of historic boats to maintain. For more information, call Melissa Spielman at 410-745-4956 or email mspielman@cbmm.org.

Explore Rouse Island along Miles River June 26

CBMM_KayakingRouseIsland_June26Explore Rouse Island along Miles River June 26 

On Thursday, June 26 from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m., the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Miles River Paddle & Island Exploration with the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy takes participants to the Miles River’s Rouse Island, a private haven for box turtles, osprey, nesting heron, and other Chesapeake wildlife. Participants must be physically able to maneuver into and out of a kayak with ease. The cost for the guided tour is $45 per person with a kayak provided, or $30 when you bring your own. A boxed lunch is available for an additional $10 per person, or you can bring your own. Participation is limited, with pre-registration needed by calling 410-745-4941.


Miles River paddling program at CBMM July 24, September 4

CBMM_July24_Sept4PaddlingProgramMiles River paddling program at CBMM July 24, September 4

On Thursday, July 24 and Thursday, September 4, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD is hosting kayaking along the scenic Miles River for a limited number of participants. Offered in partnership with the Sultana Education Foundation, the program launches from CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove at 9:30 a.m. and is scheduled to return by noon. Kayaks will be provided, or participants can bring their own.

Sultana Vice President and Naturalist Chris Cerino will take paddlers through 400 years of history from Miles Point—where Native Americans once lived, to the bustling St. Michaels harbor of today. Paddlers will learn about St. Michaels’ landmarks and history, in addition to exploring the underwater life of nearby creeks, marshes, and beaches.

The cost is $35 per person, with pre-registration required and participation limited. Children ages 12 and up are welcome to participate, when accompanied by an adult in a personal tandem kayak. To register or for more information, contact Sultana Education Foundation at 410-778-5954, or visit www.sultanaeducation.org.