Built, owned, operated and maintained by the volunteers of the nonprofit Dorchester Skipjack Committee, the Nathan of Dorchester offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience the vanishing skipjack heritage of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Since the 1880s, skipjacks have sailed the Chesapeake Bay. While there once were as many as 800 or more of these beautiful vessels, today fewer than two dozen of the original dredge boats remain. Only a handful still dredge for oysters, the last remnant of America’s only surviving commercial sailing fleet.
Current Sailing AdvisoriesCome sail with us from our home port of Cambridge, Maryland, or join us at one of our port visits along the Chesapeake Bay.