The Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester was commissioned on July 4, 1994. Funded by contributions and built by volunteers, the Nathan was built to preserve the wooden boat building technology and nautical heritage of the region. The skipjack is the Maryland State boat and Dorchester County led all others in the number of skipjacks built. The Nathan offers residents and visitors alike an opportunity to participate in and enjoy our nautical heritage. Cruise on the scenic Choptank River, help raise her sails or take a turn at the helm, listen to stories of our maritime history, and watch an oyster dredging demonstrations.
The Dorchester Skipjack Committee, a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)3 organization, offers educational programs geared to adults or school children, focusing on the history, culture and natural environment of the region. The Coast Guard inspected boat is skippered by CG licensed captains and trained volunteer crew who tell about the construction of the vessel from its 61 foot loblolly pine mast to the historic equipment salvaged from old skipjacks no longer in service.
Public Sails: Saturdays: 2-Hour Sails
All Public Sailings depart from Long Wharf, Cambridge.
2-hour Saturday Public Sails – Adults $35, Ages 6 – 12 $10, under 6 Free.
Sunset Sails: The Nathan also offers special sunset sails a few times a year. Check www.skipjack-nathan.org for the schedule.
Charters: The Nathan also offers private charters for groups of up to 20 people. Learn more.
Reserve in advance online at www.skipjack-nathan.org or call 410-228-7141 for information or day-of-sail reservations.
get in touch
Dock: Long Wharf at the end of High Street
Mail: P.O. Box 1224
Cambridge, MD 21613