Skipjack Kathryn launches at CBMM

The Kathryn, a Chesapeake Bay skipjack built at Crisfield, Maryland in 1901, was launched back in the waters on August 18, 2010 after two weeks of maintenance work at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, Maryland.

Noted as one of the fastest skipjacks on the Bay, Kathryn is designated a Maritime National Historic Landmark and is currently owned by Capt. Harold “Stoney” Whitelock of Dames Quarter, Maryland.

After two weeks of maintenance work at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Kathryn is back in the water. She’ll sail down to Deal Island to participate in the 51st Annual Skipjack races on September 6, 2010

The Kathryn is 50 feet long, 15.67 feet wide and draws 4.17 feet of water. With an unusual “soft” chine, she is fore-and-aft-planked, unlike most skipjacks, which are cross-planked. The Kathryn carries the standard skipjack rig with a raked mast, 64 feet tall and 12 inches in diameter, carrying a clubbed jib and a jib-headed mainsail.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has a working boat yard, including rail facilities to haul historic boats in and out of the waters. For visitors interested in trying their hand at building a boat, CBMM offers Apprentice for a Day programs on weekends. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

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