Skipjacks at Old Harford Town Maritime Center

Skipjacks as River Traders
Old Harford Town Maritime Center plays a unique role among museums in the Chesapeake region by illuminating the historic role of skipjacks and other sailcraft as river traders.  The Center owns and seeks to preserve and utilize three skipjacks and other smaller traditional river craft as exhibits and floating classrooms.

F.C. Lewis Jr.
was the first to arrive at the Center in 1997.  With funding from Maryland DOT, Lewis will be preserved and become part of a land-based exhibit on the reconstructed Joppa Steamboat Wharf in West Denton.

Maggie Lee:
arrived at the Center in October 1999. Maggie Lee is one of two surviving skipjacks (along with Kathryn) with fore-and-aft planking.  She is the most beautiful of the three skipjacks that make the Upper Choptank their home.    But without funding for restoration, she is presently the most vulnerable to old age and the elements.

Flora A. Price:
Flora is the largest surviving Chesapeake Bay skipjack, and one of the largest ever built. She is over 70 feet in length overall with an 18 foot beam and a 74 foot mast. Flora was active on the Bay through the 1999 season. She was donated to OHTMC by Capt. Doug West of Rock Hall in November 2000. Her mast was restored by OHTMC volunteers and restepped at Caroline Summerfest 2001.  She will be USCG certified to carry passengers on the river and will be used by the Center as a Classroom Afloat and to convey paddlers to historic and environmental sites, pushed up and down the narrow, winding Choptank by her yawl boat, as in days past.

Service Learning:
Students from schools on the Upper Shore have participated in Service Learning activities for the restoration and maintenance of these historic sailing craft.

You can join the Skipjack Crew!
Volunteers were instrumental in preparing Flora Price for the dramatic re-masting ceremony at Caroline Summerfest 2001.  You can join the Centerís volunteers to help restore and maintain the Centerís skipjacks, and operate Flora Price on the Choptank.