One of Dorchester County’s gems, the Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester, is celebrating its 25th anniversary! Skipjacks are traditional oystering vessels that once plied the waters all over the Chesapeake Bay. Today there are only a few left. The skipjack Nathan was built in 1994 to help preserve the history and heritage of skipjacks and oystering. Everyone is invited to join the 25th anniversary celebration at 10am on Thursday, July 4 at Long Wharf (near the corner of High and Water Streets in Cambridge), where we’ll celebrate skipjack history and those who have helped build and maintain the Nathan! There will be a ceremony followed by refreshments. This picture shows the beginnings of the Nathan, before the boat was completed in 1994.
Read all about the Nathan and these traditional oystering vessels known as skipjacks in a great series of stories on “The Birth of a Skipjack” by Charles Rouse:
Part 1 – The Decline of Oysters
Part II – The Nathan Family
Part III – The Building of the Nathan
Part IV – Nathan of Dorchester Fulfills its Mission
The public is welcome to join a sail aboard the Skipjack Nathan most Saturdays from May through October. See the chedule and reserve on the Nathan’s website. The boat is also available for private charters.