Eastern Shore Sailing Workboats

Chesapeake Bay ⭐ Maryland

Don Barker
Tuckahoe, Maryland
crabskiff@sailingworkboats.es

Smith Island Double-Ender – “Kakie B”

Smith Island Double-Ender – “Kakie B”

Half-Scale Model at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Philip Merrill Environmental Center I'm always keeping an eye out for double-ender Smith Island crabbing skiffs.  Plans and offsets for this style of traditional sailing workboat are found in Howard Chapelle's...

“Cinnamon Girl” – The Last Two-Sail Crabbing Bateau

“Cinnamon Girl” – The Last Two-Sail Crabbing Bateau

In August 2021, my son Nathan and I took yet another walk through the small craft collection at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels.  Nathan was visiting from Madison, WI, where he maintains and sails his own crabbing skiff. Outside the small...

Watermen’s Tabernacle

Watermen’s Tabernacle

A device for stepping a heavy mast single-handedWhen I was looking for the right design for the boat I would build and sail when I'm approaching age 70, I was concerned about my ability to raise a tall and heavy mast single-handed up onto the thwart or deck, balance...

18 ft Two-Mast Sharpie – Chapelle’s Own Design

18 ft Two-Mast Sharpie – Chapelle’s Own Design

Plans in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Collection Howard Chapelle documented and published plans for dozens of Chesapeake Bay and Eastern Shore sailing workboats.  In a 1956 issue of Boats magazine, he published his own design for a 14 ft. Chesapeake sharpie with...

Sharptown Barge Plans and Offsets

Sharptown Barge Plans and Offsets

Plans and Exhibit in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum CollectionSail and rowing craft designed and built for the abundant shad fishery of the 19th century were used in several regions throughout the Chesapeake Bay.  The Sharptown Barge was developed as a sailing and...

Sharpie Plans in the CBMM Collection

Sharpie Plans in the CBMM Collection

Below is a list of all of the sharpie skiff plans found in the online database of collections at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland. The list includes plans drawn by Howard I. Chapelle, Otis Palmer, Fred Martin, John G. Earle, Josef W....

CBMM Collections Online Search

CBMM Collections Online Search

Quick-Start Tutorial for Searching the Online Collections Database at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime MuseumIt's hard.  But worth doing.Searching the CBMM Collections online database can be challenging, and the results are sometimes confusing.  Here's why: Plans, photos,...

Chesapeake Bay Flatties in the CBMM Collection

Chesapeake Bay Flatties in the CBMM Collection

Plans, Photos, and Models of Flattie Skiffs in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Collection"Flattie" is a name generally used to refer to a flat-bottom or flatiron sailing skiff.  But for watermen of the Chesapeake Bay, the flattie was a crabbing or oystering skiff...

Two-Masted Stick-Up Flattie Model by Edward Thieler

Two-Masted Stick-Up Flattie Model by Edward Thieler

Two-Masted Stick-up Flattie in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum CollectionWhen I was searching through the online database of the CBMM Collections, I can across references to a two-masted stick-up flattie.  I knew that Howard Chapelle published plans and discussed...

Two-Masted Stickup Flattie – Historic Photos at CBMM

Two-Masted Stickup Flattie – Historic Photos at CBMM

Two-Masted Stick-up Flatties in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum CollectionHoward Chapelle published plans and discussed the history of small crabbing flatties with a "stick-up" or "jigger" headsail and a single mast in American Small Sailing Craft (Figure. 113) and...

Two-Masted Stickup Flattie – Plans at CBMM

Two-Masted Stickup Flattie – Plans at CBMM

Little Choptank River Flattie Plans in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum CollectionHoward Chapelle measured and published plans for two different crabbing flatties with a "stick-up" or "jigger" headsail that is unique among Bay skiffs. [1]  According to Chapelle,...

The Age of Working Sail Returns to the Choptank

The Age of Working Sail Returns to the Choptank

My son Nathan and I built an 1890s Chesapeake Bay crabbing skiff amid the cornfields of Tuckahoe Neck.  More about her construction and preservation is here. We launched Caroline C. at Denton in 2003 and sailed her on the Choptank and Tuckahoe Rivers before Nathan...