Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

November 2012 Events
at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
213 N. Talbot St.
P.O. Box 636
St. Michaels, MD 21663

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The Museum’s event calendar is your guide to educational classes, lectures, programs, exhibits, and concerts. Each year, the Museum also hosts annual special events tied to the seasons on the Chesapeake Bay. For information on
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Working Waterfront: Delaware Program is now on Monday, November 19 at 6pm in the VLA. See below.

Special Events at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum


Working Waterfront: Delaware Program
Monday, November 19, 6:00 PM, VLA
Cost: $8 for members, $10 for non-members
To register, contact Helen van Fleet at 410-745-4941
Delaware is a product of Bethel’s great age of wooden boatbuilding at the beginning of the 19th century and one of the very last survivors.  A small but powerful river tug, the vessel has had a long history on the Chesapeake Bay moving boats as well as helping to build its working waterfront.  This year she celebrates her 100th anniversary and has undergone major restoration to mark this event. Join Mike Gorman, CBMM Vessel Maintenance Manager, Boat Yard staff and others with connections to Delaware’s long history as we take a close look at the recent conservation effort and share stories about a very special tug.

Working Waterfront: Women of the Maritime World
Thursday, November 29, 6:00 PM VLA
Cost: $8 for members, $10 for non-members 
To register, contact Helen van Fleet at 410-745-4941.
Join us for an evening of discussion with some of the women who make the maritime world tick. Headed up by Nancy Taylor Robson, author of Woman in the Wheelhouse, the talk will explore her experiences living and working onboard tugs as the wife of a tugboat captain and a licensed mate. The conversation will also include the voices of other salty females from all kinds of work, both educational and industrial, within the traditionally male field.

Saturday, November 3, 2012
10 am- 4 pm
Admission to OysterFest is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $6 for children between the ages of six and 17. Children five years and under and CBMM members are admitted free. Food and boat rides are an additional cost.

Come celebrate the Bay oyster with live music, great food, family activities, skipjack and buyboat rides, oyster aquaculture and restoration demonstrations, oyster tonging, and cooking demonstrations.

View pictures from last year's event



Member Night
Exhibit Spotlight: Oystering on the Chesapeake
Wednesday, November 7, 5:30 PM, Oystering on the Chesapeake exhibit
Cost: $5 for members, $10 for non-members
RSVP to Cheryl Miller, 410-745-4993
Will be rescheduled in in February.

CBMM’s Friday Open Boat Shop                
November 9
5:30-8:30pm; $20 members; $30 non-members
Space is limited, pre-registration required. Participants must be 16 and older, unless accompanied by an adult. Register to Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941 or email

Members of the public are invited to the boat shop to work on small projects of their own, or to bring ideas for a future project, and receive the advice of an experienced shipwright and woodworker. Participants can expect assistance with machinery and tools, plans, measurements, and the execution of their small-scale project, which could include plans for a Christmas or birthday present, frames, furniture, models, artwork, etc.

Tide, Trade, and Tugs: The Ward Family of Deltaville
Friday, November 16, 6pm in Van Lennep Auditorium
$8 for members, $10 for non-members
To register, contact Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941
The Ward family of Deltaville, Virginia, operates one of the last “mom and pop” tugboat companies in the Chesapeake Bay. Join us for an evening of conversation as several generations of the Ward family share stories of transporting crabs, oysters, produce, grain, and other goods by wooden buy boat, tug, and barge throughout the tributaries of the Bay.