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Maritime Day and Blessing of the Fleet

June 1

Maritime Day is a new event for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum to celebrate the traditions kept alive in its working Shipyard. CBMM’s shipwrights and apprentices are a tangible connection to the Chesapeake’s rich story of boatbuilding, and this June 1 event invites the public to be a part of it. Shipwrights will give demonstrations of various maritime skills throughout the day, and the afternoon will see both the launch of newly constructed five-log canoe Caroline and CBMM’s annual Blessing of the Fleet. Maritime Day will also help celebrate the kick off of CBMM’s construction of the new Maryland Dove, a reproduction of the late 17th-century trading ship that accompanied the first European settlers to what is now Maryland.

Discounted boat rides, live music, and local food and drink will be available.

Join CBMM members, volunteers and boatyard staff for an official ceremony honoring our own floating fleet as well as other Bay working vessels and pleasure craft.

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