Coastal Heritage Alliance is always seeking out opportunities and locations that will best allow the organization to further its mission of sustaining contemporary fishing family cultural heritage. The restoration of the skipjack Kathryn project, rooted within one of the few remaining authentic watermen communities on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, fits perfectly into the CHA vision and skill set. CHA is involved as restoration project manager, volunteer coordinator, and skill trainer.
Built in 1901, Kathryn has been listed as a National Historic Landmark Vessel by the National Park Service. She was built to perform the work of dredging oysters under sail power in the Chesapeake Bay. Her history and construction detail have been extensively researched and documented.
Located under a retired revival tent at Scotts Cove Marina in Chance, Maryland, the preservation of the skipjack Kathryn provides the local watermen’s community with an excellent opportunity to sustain their traditions and to celebrate their unique culture.
Members of the public are invited to participate in CHA’s free volunteer restoration weekends, called Revival Tent Events. Meet Chesapeake Bay watermen, learn traditional boatbuilding skills, and leave your mark on a culturally significant vessel. Click here to view CHA’s events calendar for upcoming Revival Tent Events.
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Funding for this project was provided in part by the following.
Choptank Electric Trust
Maryland State Arts Council
Maryland Historical Trust