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Calvert Marine Museum's Dee of St. Mary's

 
 
Calvert Marine Museum's <i>Dee of St. Mary's</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, August 30, 2019
1. Calvert Marine Museum's Dee of St. Mary's Marker
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Like all Chesapeake skipjacks, the Dee of St. Mary's has a shallow draft to negotiate the waters along the shorelines and a wide bottom for stability. She is constructed mostly of white oak and spruce pine.
56' long on deck and 20' abeam
Carries approximately 2700 square feet of sail
Draft is 47" aft with centerboard up, 12" at bow
Centerboard is 13' long and 4'7" tall
Mast is 76' tall
Boom is 56' long
Bow sprit is 20' long
Motor is 225 horsepower John Deere/ 1.75" shaft/26×21 four blade prop


A Brief History

The Dee of St. Mary's was commissioned by Jack Russell and built by Francis Goddard in 1979 at Piney Point, Maryland. Originally used in the commercial oyster fishery, she dredged for 10 seasons. When the oyster populations dwindled, Captain Russell transitioned the Dee from a commercial vessel to educational uses under the heading of Chesapeake Bay Field Lab. She has been a floating classroom since 1989. Major restoration was done on the Dee from 2010 to 2012, funded largely
Calvert Marine Museum's <i>Dee of St. Mary's</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, August 30, 2019
2. Calvert Marine Museum's Dee of St. Mary's Marker
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by grants from the Maryland Heritage Areas fund. Ownership was turned over to the Calvert Marine Museum in May 2013, where her educational mission continues.

Public Sails

From May through October the museum offers two-hour public sails aboard the historic skipjack Dee of St. Mary's, departing and returning from the museum's dock in Solomons, Maryland. A current schedule is posted on the museum website, www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.

Private Charters

Private charters aboard the Dee of St. Mary's are available.

Educational Sails

Environmental education and natural history field experiences with the Chesapeake Bay Field Lab are conducted aboard the skipjack on the Patuxent River from mid-April through mid-October.
 
Erected by Calvert Marine Museum.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsEducationIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is May 2013.
 
Location. 38° 19.87′ N, 76° 27.805′ W. Marker is in Solomons, Maryland, in Calvert County. Marker can be reached from Solomons Island Road South (Maryland Route 2) just south of Thomas Johnson Road, on the left when traveling
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north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14200 Solomons Island Road South, Solomons MD 20688, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wm. B. Tennison (here, next to this marker); Welcome to Drum Point Lighthouse (here, next to this marker); The Business End of a Screwpile (a few steps from this marker); Power Bateau (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Wm. B. Tennison (a few steps from this marker); This flagpole (a few steps from this marker); Sailing Bateau Witch of the Wave (within shouting distance of this marker); Spirit (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Solomons.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 57 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 31, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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