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Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester

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Cambridge, MD, USA
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Cody2012 wrote a review Jul 2019
Crisfield, Maryland353 contributions76 helpful votes
So the boat was full up and a party was running late. So instead of letting those of us that were there on time sit on the boat . We had to stand on the docks . So boat leaves a half hour late but gets back by noon. Was expecting to sail out the river for one hr then turn and sail back. We did nothing but circles with in site of where we left.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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mrAlek wrote a review May 2019
Washington DC, District of Columbia74 contributions15 helpful votes
We took a 2-hour public sail with the Nathan of Dorchester County, and we highly recommend it to anyone who likes to sail and who would like to learn more about the history of sailing and oystering on the Chesapeake Bay. The docent/guide was really passionate about the history, and shared many great stories and information throughout the tour. The captain and crew were friendly and expert in their handling of the vessel. We had a great time out in the sunshine and wind.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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4realfoodies wrote a review Oct 2018
Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania43 contributions21 helpful votes
Our entire group had a wonderful time on the Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester. The Crew was outstanding and our Docent was incredible. She was so knowledgeable and engaging. We learned a lot about the area, the history, how to dredge for oysters, and how to help protect and restore this special ecosystem. Our kids even got to learn how to steer the ship, which was the highlight of the adventure for them. The cruise is run by a non-profit organization so it's also a great way to have some fun while doing some good for the local community.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Nelson H wrote a review Oct 2017
Cambridge, Maryland89 contributions34 helpful votes
Having lived in Baltimore all of my life, I can remember as a very young child, the skipjacks coming into Baltimore to sell oysters and crabs directly off of the boat. I had the pleasure of going out on the Virginia W to drag for oysters last year, which led me to re-read Chesapeake by James Michener. Once again, the skipjack was prominently featured. The romance of the skipjack is captured in the Nathan of Dorchester. It is an authentic reproduction of a working boat. The docents are very knowledgeable, and the crew is most skilled. Visitors must understand that this boat has no weighted keel, so it requires enormous experience to sail the boat in a heavy wind without capsizing, since it draws only 3 feet and has a flat bottom. To see this boat in action and to experience the conditions in which the watermen had to work makes a visitor appreciate the work associated with oyster harvesting.There are less than 45 skipjacks in the world and even fewer still sailing. This is a "must do" experience in Cambridge.
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Date of experience: October 2017
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Karla S wrote a review Jul 2017
Louviers, Colorado129 contributions39 helpful votes
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With family members ranging from ages 4 to 72, we embarked upon the Skipjack Nathan for a 2 hour cruise. What fun we had! The docent, captain and crew were fabulous in sharing the history of the area and the history of the skipjacks who dredged for oysters. We too dredged the old fashion way. The kids were engaged and the entire family had a fabulous time. Don't miss the opportunity to join the crew if you are in the area!
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Date of experience: June 2017
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