Due to COVID19, our 2020 sailing season has been delayed. Stay tuned for new dates. Read More Here


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April 2, 2020

Sailing Season delayed

Our 2020 sailing season has been delayed. Stay tuned for new dates. Nathan remains tied up at her dock in Cambridge as the captains, crew and volunteers obey all current emergency health directives. We sincerely wish continued health to our volunteers and to the public who sail with us in happier times. Once the current emergency health measures and pandemic subsides and we reach the new normal and it is safe for us to be together again, we will restart our season with up-rigging and shakedown cruises as well as crew refresher and new volunteer training. Once we are prepared, […]
February 11, 2020

The Birth of a Skipjack, Part I – The Decline of the Oysters

June 26, 2019

Building the Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester

The Dorchester Skipjack Committee built, owns and operates the Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester to serve as a goodwill ambassador for Dorchester county and the Eastern Shore The Builders Nathan was designed by marine architect Harold Ruark and built by volunteers under the direction of master shipwright Robert S “Bobby” Ruark. Harold carved the trailboards and eagle and built the pushboat Gerry Horney fabricated or restored many of the metal fittings and parts. Over 10,000 hours of volunteer labor went into building the Nathan of Dorchester Some of the people who built the Nathan of Dorchester Bobby Ruark, Harold Ruark, Melvin […]

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