Building the Last Skipjack - For a decade, film footage of the building of the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester -- a nonprofit community project undertaken to preserve the wooden boatbuilding heritage of the Chesapeake -- sat on a shelf for lack of funds. Now that footage is the centerpiece of a 55-minute video that’s won awards in two national competitions and raves all around the Nathan’s home turf of Dorchester County, Maryland, where it’s been shown on television, in libraries, and at community-group meetings.
New Hampshire residents Don and Dierdre Wogaman had their 41-foot wooden sailboat docked in downtown Cambridge when they got word of a screening at the local historical society. "We’d heard about how skipjacks are king around here," Dierdre says, "but we didn’t know anything about them." The Wogamans were so impressed by the video that they plan to continue their skipjack education. This spring, they’ll be back in Cambridge to climb aboard the Nathan for a guided cruise of the Choptank River.
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