St. Mary’s City, MD- On Saturday, September 12, 2020, Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) will be hosting a workshop featuring Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) Shipyard Education Program Manager Jennifer Kuhn and HSMC Shipwright Jim Knowles. The day-long workshop will teach how to make handmade blocks to be used on the new Maryland Dove, currently under construction at CBMM. The workshop will take place from 10 a.m.—4 p.m., including a lunch break. These blocks are integral to the ship’s rigging and will be used throughout for raising and lowering the sails. Not only will attendants be learning a new skill but the work will be part of the new Maryland Dove.
Children age 10 to 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult who then supervises/works in tandem with that child. Children age 16 to 18 years old can be unaccompanied by an adult. The cost for the program is $75 ($65 for CBMM or HSMC members). Ear and eye protection will be provided. There is limited space for this program so please pre-register by calling 240-895-4990 (Wednesday—Sunday, 10 a.m.—5 p.m.) or email Info@DigsHistory.org.
Built in a shipyard near Cambridge, Md., in 1978, Maryland Dove is owned by the state of Maryland and operated and maintained by the Historic St. Mary’s City Commission. From now through 2021, CBMM’s working Shipyard is constructing the ship’s successor in full public view. To learn more about Maryland Dove and CBMM’s efforts to build the new vessel, visit marylanddove.org.
By David M. Higgins II
David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in Digital Marketing, eventually leading him back to his passion. David started The Southern Maryland Chronicle in December 2017 and has grown it to become the #1 news source in Southern Maryland.