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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum receives National Heritage Program grant

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. recently received a grant from the National Maritime Heritage Program to support a Bay-wide heritage tour of Edna E. Lockwood in 2019.

The National Park Service collaborated with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration to fund more than 34 Maritime Heritage education and preservation projects, which work to conserve maritime artifacts and spread awareness about maritime legacies.

“We are very grateful for the support of the National Park Service, to help us tell the story of the history and preservation of Edna Lockwood,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “The years of hard work, ingenuity, and dedication our team has shown to so carefully restore Edna are truly impressive, and we’re thrilled for all to be able to experience her story first-hand.”

Edna E. Lockwood, was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1994 as the last historic bugeye still under sail. Since 2016, she has been undergoing a major renovation, with shipwrights and apprentices at CBMM replacing her nine-log hull in full public view.

Following her relaunch at CBMM’s Oysterfest on Oct. 27, 2018, Edna will visit more than 20 different ports of the Chesapeake Bay, all which have been selected for the significance that the oystering industry has had on their maritime community and heritage. The planned Bay-wide tour will be Edna’s most extensive travel in her 130-year history, exceeding the six-port tour she conducted for her centennial in 1989.

The goal of this tour is to expose audiences in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C., to programming and dock-side interpretation surrounding traditional Chesapeake Bay boatbuilding techniques and opening dialogue about the significance of Chesapeake Bay oystering past and present.

For more information on the Maritime Heritage Program, visit To learn more about Edna’s history, restoration, and upcoming tour, visit

Thanks to generous support from the National Maritime Heritage Program, 1889 bugeye Edna Lockwood will go on a 20-port tour of the Chesapeake Bay following her relaunch in October.