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Hudson River sloop Clearwater at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum this July

The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater will arrive at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. on Wednesday, July 5, and remain dockside along CBMM’s campus through Friday, July 7, 2017.

The replica sloop will be available for deck tours on Thursday, July 6 from noon to 5:00 p.m. Deck tours are free for CBMM members or with general museum admission, which is good for two days and is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $6 for children ages 6–17, and free for active military, CBMM members, and children ages 5 and under.

The sloop Clearwater, a replica vessel modeled after the Dutch vessels that sailed the Hudson River in the 18th and 19th centuries, was launched on May 17, 1969, from Harvey Gamage Shipyard in South Bristol, Maine. Those early cargo vessels were specially designed for the variable winds, currents and depths of the Hudson. Sailing from town to town today, the Clearwater models her course after that of the historic Dutch sloops.

Clearwater is recognized as America’s Environmental Flagship and is among the first vessels in the United States to conduct science-based environmental education aboard a sailing ship. In 2004, Clearwater was named to the National Register of Historic Places for its role in the environmental movement.

The replica 17th century trading ship Maryland Dove will be arriving at CBMM’s docks on Thursday, July 6 and is in St. Michaels through Monday, July 10. Local school groups will be touring the ship, with Dove open for boarding to all CBMM guests from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., July 8 to 10. The public is invited for free public access to Maryland Dove while at CBMM on July 8, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The tall ship Pride of Baltimore II will be at CBMM on Friday, August 11, and remain dockside along CBMM’s campus through August 13, with deck tours offered from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

For more information about Clearwater, visit

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the Chesapeake Bay, with values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. More information about CBMM and these visiting vessels can be found at

Hudson River sloop Clearwater Photo Credit: Dorice Arden.