Coltons Point in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Potomac River Dory Boat
Designed for working the Potomac River and its tributaries, the dory boat was originally built as a two-masted sailing craft used for tonging and dredging of oysters. It is estimated that 400 to 500 of these very fast and easy to handle boats were built between the 1880s and the early 1930s. Sporting gay stripes of green, red, and yellow, only seven have survived and are now in regional museums. Ours is one.
[picture of a dory boat]
Built in 1917 by John Cheseldine, the 30-foot "Shamrock" was the first dory boat to be preserved. Photo courtesy: Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Maryland
The "Doris C"
The "Doris C" was built in 1919
After Capt. Gibson retired from working the water, he and his son, Charles, donated the "Doris C" to the St. Clement's Island Museum in 1976. Restoration was completed in 1986.
[photos of John Long, Henry and Doris Gibson, and the "Doris C".]
The "Doris C" was donated to the St. Clements Island Museum in 1976. She remained in the water for one year, until ice pulled away her bottom caulking and she sank. Rescued, she was then moved to the museum grounds where she underwent extensive restoration by staff, volunteers, and local resident Neil Canter.
In 1989, a shelter was built to protect one of only seven surviving Potomac River Dory Boats.
Location. 38° 13.493′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Coltons Point MD 20626, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Clements Manor (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint Clement’s Island (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Clement's Island Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Mother of Light Shrine (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to St. Clement's Island (approx. 0.8 miles away); Maryland Began Here! (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Shrinking Island (approx. 1.2 miles away); St. Clement's Island (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coltons Point.
Also see . . . De Waterlandse melkschuit. There is a strong resemblance between the milk boats from Waterland and this wonderful Potomac River Dory Boat, especial in the rig of the unstayed masts! (Submitted on July 19, 2011, by Anton Wegman of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 4, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,871 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 4, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.