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The Historic 1902 Stanley Norman Skipjack

Dip a toe into the past when you step aboard the Stanley Norman Skipjack. Though she is the newest ship to join our fleet, she may be one of the oldest in the region. Built in 1902, her illustrious deck, hull, and single mast are dotted with 120+ years of Maryland's oyster-farming history.  Now, the Stanley Norman Skipjack enjoys her days of retirement as a teaching vessel where you can join our captain in an unforgettable journey through time aboard this registered National Historic Place.

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Living History on the Waves of the Chesapeake

The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States. It has played a pivotal role in the region's history and economy since the early colonial era. Its rich and diverse ecosystem supported indigenous tribes, then later European settlers who relied on its abundant resources. 

In the 19th century, Oystering emerged as a significant industry, transforming the bay into a bustling hub of economic activity. The oysters from Chesapeake Bay were not only a food source but also a critical part of the local economy, supporting thousands of watermen and related businesses. 

Among the iconic vessels of this era was the 1902 Stanley Norman Skipjack. A traditional sailboat specifically designed for dredging oysters, it was constructed by boat builder Otis Lloyd in Salisbury, Maryland. The vessel was named after his two sons, Stanley and Norman. It represents the ingenuity and resilience of the bay's watermen. This skipjack is one of the few remaining vessels of its kind and serves as a living museum, educating the public about the rich maritime heritage of the Chesapeake Bay. Her story is a testament to the enduring legacy of oystering and its cultural and economic significance to the region.

Interested in experiencing this beautiful vessel for yourself? Our guest services team is at your service at:  443.258.2228 or [email protected]