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These vessels are of interest for their educational, environmental and/or historical value, but they cannot be classified as tall ships or naval vessels. We will continue adding other vessels that Sail Baltimore has hosted since 1975.


Bay Hydro II R/V Bay Hydro II
Country: United States
Type: Research vessel
Length overall: 54’

Bay Hydro II is operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The ship acquires hydrographic survey data in support of nautical charting. Dedicated to charting the Chesapeake Bay, she uses state-of-the-art hydrographic sonar technology to scan the seafloor, measuring depths and acquiring information to help the Bay recover. NOAA also deploys the Bay Hydro II after hurricanes and other disasters to search for underwater debris and speed the resumption of ocean-going commerce.

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Celebration Celebration
Homeport: Middle River, Maryland, United States of America
Rig: Schooner
Length on Deck: 32’
Sparred Length: 40’
Draft: 3’
Hull: Fiberglass

Celebration is hull number 17 in the Ted Brewer-designed Lazy Jack 32 series of fiberglass production schooners. She was built in 1977 by the Ted Hermann Boat Shop. Originally, she was sold in Media, Penn., as a sail-away kit boat. She has been a Chesapeake Bay boat for 20 years and sails extensively throughout sailing season. She has been a perennial participant in the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race since 1999.

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Elf Elf
Homeport: St. Michael’s, Maryland, United States of America
Rig: Topsail Cutter
Length on deck: 35’
Sparred length: 59’
Draft: 6’ 6”

Elf, built in 1888 by George Lawley, is the oldest active racing yacht in America. She was built at a cost of $3,500 to be a fast racing yacht, with a unique and impressive sailing rig that long ago vanished from the horizons of North American waters. Restored to museum quality and specifications and re-launched in 2008, she now home ports at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael’s, Md.

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Ferdinand R Hassler Ferdinand R. Hassler
Country: United States
Type: Hydrographic research vessel
Length Overall: 124′
Draft: 13′

Ferdinand R. Hassler is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) newest ship. She is named after Ferdinand Hassler, a Swiss born immigrant and the first superintendant of the Coast Survey, the precursor to today’s NOAA. Sent to Europe to procure instruments for the Coast Survey, Hassler was detained in England throughout the War of 1812. The ship’s primary mission will be collection of hydrographic data for the nation’s nautical charts. She will also be equipped for testing and evaluation of new hydrographic survey systems and basic oceanographic research.

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J Millard Tawes J. Millard Tawes
Country: United States of America
Type: Buoy tender
Length overall: 100′
Draft: 5’6″

J. Millard Tawes operates from the port of Crisfield, Maryland, servicing aids to navigation and regulatory buoys for Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. She also performs ice breaking duties for the island communities of Smith Island and the Port of Salisbury. Built in 1943 for the U.S. Coast Guard, the state of Maryland took ownership of her in 1970.

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John W Brown SS John W. Brown Facebook YouTube
Country: United States of America
Type: Liberty ship
Length overall: 442′
Draft: 27’9″

John W. Brown is one of only two surviving fully operational Liberty ships preserved in the United States. The ship is the product of an emergency shipbuilding program during World War II that resulted in the construction of more than 2,700 Liberty ships. Launched at the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard in Baltimore on September 7, 1942, she looks now almost exactly as she did seventy years ago. Despite her grey paint and many guns, she is not a warship but rather a merchant ship. Today, John W. Brown is a floating museum, dedicated to educating people about the vital role of the wartime American Merchant Marine, Naval Armed Guard and shipbuilders, three largely unheralded groups, that were instrumental in the Allied victory in World War II, as well as the sealift for Korea and Vietnam. By presenting living history aboard the authentically restored Liberty ship, the legacy of all American veterans is being honored.

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Liberator T/V Liberator Facebook
Country: United States of America
Type: Training vessel
Length overall: 108′
Draft: 8′

T/V Liberator is a training vessel for the United States Marine Merchant Academy (USMMA) in Kings Point, NY. Before arriving at the USMMA in 2007, Liberator was known as YP-679, a training vessel at the US Naval Academy and the Office of Naval Research. Regularly underway with midshipmen, she can often be found cruising the waters of Long Island Sound and Southern New England.

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Martha Lewis Martha Lewis
Homeport: Havre de Grace, Maryland, United States of America
Rig: Skipjack
Length on deck: 49’ 5″
Draft: 3’ 8”

The skipjack Martha Lewis is one of the few remaining working dredge boats that make up the Chesapeake Bay oyster fleet – the last to fish commercially, under sail, in the USA. Built in 1955 by Bronza Parks in Wingate, Md., she was restored during the winter of 1994 under the direction of shipbuilder and master shipwright, Allen C. Rawl, in alliance with the City of Havre de Grace & Havre de Grace Maritime Museum. A valuable “window on history,” Martha Lewis is a living reminder of our unique Bay heritage, an instrument adeptly able to communicate a tradition that is vanishing before our eyes. She provides an alluring classroom for estuarine studies and environmental exploration.

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Nathan of Dorchester Nathan of Dorchester
Homeport: Cambridge, Maryland, United States of America
Rig: Skipjack
Length on deck: 45′
Sparred length: 63′
Draft: 3-7″

Commissioned on July 4, 1994, Nathan of Dorchester is the youngest — and very likely the last — skipjack built to be an oyster dredge boat. However, it quickly became clear that her true mission was in carrying passengers, not oysters. Even though she has never dredged commercially for oysters, she carries a small hand-hauled dredge, about a fifth the size of full-scale commercial dredges. She has a permit to dredge oysters at any time of year throughout the Bay and tributaries to show passengers a glimpse of the fast-disappearing oysterman’s way of life. The results of the oyster counts (good oysters vs. “boxes” – recently dead ones) are provided to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for statistical purposes to help track the health of the Bay’s dwindling oyster population.

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Reynolds Reynolds
Country: United States of America
Type: Debris vessel
Length overall: 60′
Draft: 7′

The Reynolds is used to remove debris such as tree trunks and tires from the water. She home ports in Baltimore and goes out each day to remove any hazards to navigation in the federal channel of the Baltimore Harbor. On a cold day in January 2008, the Reynolds and her crew saved a life while working, rescuing a man in the water whose boat had capsized.

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Sigsbee Sigsbeec
Country: United States of America
Rig: Skipjack
Length overall: 50’
Sparred length: 76′
Draft: 3′

Sigsbee is a traditional Chesapeake Bay skipjack, a sailing craft designed and built to dredge for oysters. Originally built in 1901, the Sigsbee served in the oystering fleet for 88 years. She is one of the few surviving traditional Chesapeake Bay skipjacks. The vessel is also notable for the fact that, in the early 1980s, she became the first skipjack captained by a woman, Leigh Hunteman of St. Michaels, Md. Today, she sails as part of the Living Classrooms Foundation’s educational fleet, taking thousands of students out on the water each year.

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  Thomas Jefferson
Homeport: Norfolk, Virginia, United States of America
Type: Survey vessel
Length overall: 208’
Draft: 14′

In February, 1807, under the guidance of President Thomas Jefferson, Congress authorized a survey to be taken of the coasts of the United States. This act would form the Survey of the Coast, an agency whose successors would eventually become part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). President Jefferson’s namesake, the Thomas Jefferson, continues his legacy by surveying the oceans and harbors along the Gulf of Mexico and East Coast of the United States. The ship is part of a fleet of NOAA survey vessels whose primary mission is to collect and process the data needed to maintain and update the nautical charts along the U.S. East Coast, Gulf of Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Accurate charts are critical for the safe shipping of goods and services to and from our shores.

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