CAMBRIDGE — The Dorchester Skipjack Committee, a not-for-profit organization, which owns and operates the Nathan of Dorchester, seeks to promote the heritage of skipjacks, oystering and the ecology of the area.
The Nathan, built in 1991-1993, needs continuous repair and restoration as with any aging wooden boat. Last year, funds were raised through the generous support from the Nathan Foundation, the Pauline Foxwell and William David Robbins Charitable Foundation, the Waddell Foundation, many local businesses and private supporters. These funds were used for major cabin repairs. Efforts to preserve her for future generations continue through the Skipjack Nathan Preservation Fund.
The Dorchester Skipjack Committee, also supports the Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race. This year the race, will be held on Sept. 23, off Long Wharf in Cambridge. Last year 12 skipjacks and two buy boats participated. Spectators gathered along the wharf for a “time gone by” experience as they watched these magnificent boats race for pride on the Choptank River.
Over the past six years, the Choptank Heritage Skipjack race brought in over $100,000 from both private and public donors. These funds were distributed among the fleet participants for more restoration and repairs of these iconic boats.
As the official state boat of Maryland, community pride and support are key to maintaining the aging skipjack fleet. You can show your pride and support through a donation to the Skipjack Nathan Preservation Fund or Choptank Heritage Skipjack race. These can be be mailed to P.O. Box 1224, Cambridge, MD 21613 or at www.skipjack-nathan.org.
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