The Nathan goes Topless
March 2, 2017
The 23 year old Skipjack, Nathan of Dorchester, resting peacefully at Long Wharf in Cambridge, will go topless this spring. The skipjack is undergoing a major renovation to her “Captain’s Cabin”. Dan Cada, the boat’s maintenance manager, announced the award for this renovation to Abreu Boatworks. In February, Abreu will remove the top of the cabin, preserving it for re-use and will build new sides, at their business in Easton. They will then assemble the new work with the saved cabin top on the boat in time for the start of Nathan’s 2017 sailing season.
The Nathan of Dorchester is the last skipjack built on the bay. She was built in 1992-1994 and commissioned on July 4th, 1994. The Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester was built, and is maintained and operated, by volunteers of the nonprofit Dorchester Skipjack Committee in Cambridge, Dorchester County, Maryland, on the Choptank River. A Coast Guard licensed commercial passenger vessel, the Nathan sails as a goodwill ambassador to ports throughout the Chesapeake Bay, a symbol of the region’s maritime history and watermen’s way of life. Public sails are on Saturdays from May through October. The Skipjack leaves Long Wharf at 1:00pm and returns at 3:00pm. The 2-hour sail includes dredging for oysters. The Nathan is also available for private charter. You can visit the Nathan in person at Long Wharf, near the Cambridge River Lighthouse, or visit the Nathan on the web at www.skipjack-nathan.org.