News Release, Historic St. Mary’s City

St. Mary’s City, MD- On Saturday, September 12, 2020, Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) will be hosting a workshop featuring Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) Shipyard Education Program Manager Jennifer Kuhn and HSMC Shipwright Jim Knowles. The day-long workshop will teach how to make handmade blocks to be used on the new Maryland Dove, currently under construction at CBMM. The workshop will take place from 10 a.m.—4 p.m., including a lunch break. These blocks are integral to the ship’s rigging and will be used throughout for raising and lowering the sails. Not only will attendants be learning a new skill but the work will be part of the new Maryland Dove.

Children age 10 to 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult who then supervises/works in tandem with that child. Children age 16 to 18 years old can be unaccompanied by an adult. The cost for the program is $75 ($65 for CBMM or HSMC members). Ear and eye protection will be provided. There is limited space for this program so please pre-register by calling 240-895-4990 (Wednesday—Sunday, 10 a.m.—5 p.m.) or email

Built in a shipyard near Cambridge, Md., in 1978, Maryland Dove is owned by the state of Maryland and operated and maintained by the Historic St. Mary’s City Commission. From now through 2021, CBMM’s working Shipyard is constructing the ship’s successor in full public view. To learn more about Maryland Dove and CBMM’s efforts to build the new vessel, visit

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