Nathan of Dorchester
Cambridge, MD
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Brief Description: Single-masted skipjacks were developed in the Chesapeake Bay in the 19th century to dredge for oysters. At one time the fleet numbered over 1,000. Today, a very few are still in commercial use.

The Nathan of Dorchester was built to exacting specifications in the 1990s to educate people about the Bay and its maritime history. A volunteer crew takes visitors out for two-hour sails on the Nathan from its home port in Cambridge, Maryland. The Nathan also serves as the maritime goodwill ambassador for Dorchester County, Maryland, and the City of Cambridge. The boat functions as a living classroom for educating visitors about oyster dredging and related ecological topics.

Location / Directions: The Nathan is based in Cambridge, Maryland on the Eastern Shore.

From the north: Take US 50 south to Cambridge. After crossing the Choptank River turn right onto Maryland Avenue. Proceed on Maryland for several blocks, cross a bridge and turn right on Academy Street. Academy will shortly turn into Spring Street. Proceed on Spring to High Street. Turn right on to High. The Nathan docks at the foot of High Street on Long Wharf.

From the south: Take US 50 north to Cambridge. Before crossing the Choptank River turn left onto Maryland Avenue. Proceed on Maryland for several blocks, cross a bridge and turn right on Academy Street. Academy will shortly turn into Spring Street. Proceed on Spring to High Street. Turn right on to High. The Nathan docks at the foot of High Street on Long Wharf.

Physical Address: Nathan of Dorchester
Long Wharf at the foot of High Street
Cambridge, MD 21613
Mailing Address: Nathan of Dorchester
Dorchester Skipjack Committee, Inc.
Cambridge, MD 21613
Visitor Phone: (410) 228-7141
E-mail: info@skipjack-nathan.org
Activities: The Nathan provides sailing trips for the public at scheduled times. See www.skipjack-nathan.org for scheduled sails or call in advance for reservations. The boat can also be reserved for charters.

Operating Hours: The Nathan sails from May through October with public sailings on scheduled days in the summer.
Fees: Prices for two-hour sails: Adults - $30; Children ages 6-12 - $10; Under age 6 - Free. One-hour sails at reduced prices.
Website: http://www.skipjack-nathan.org
Merchandise:

The following product(s) are available to enhance your experience at this Gateway. Click on the title below for a more detailed description.

Building the Last SkipjackBuilding the Last Skipjack - Color video documenting the building of the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester. 53 minutes.
Price: $19.95 

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