Street Address
Long Wharf
at the foot of Historic High St
Cambridge, MD 21613
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1224
Cambridge, MD 21613
phone: 410-228-7141
Sailing Season:
May 1 to November 1
2-Hour Saturday Public Sails, 1-3 pm;
1-Hour Sunday Public Sails one Sunday each month, 11 am & 12:30 pm;
See website for schedule.
Charters available
May 1 to November 1
Groups up to 20 persons accommodated; Call for details and scheduling.
2-Hour Saturday Public Sails: $30 Adults, $10 Children 6-12, Under 6 Free
1-Hour Sunday Public Sails: $15 Adults, $7 Children 6-12, Under 6 Free
Charters available. $500 per 2-hour charter.
Cyndy Carrington Miller, Marketing Chair


The skipjack Nathan of Dorchester was built by volunteers in Cambridge, Maryland, in 1994, the last skipjack on the Chesapeake Bay built to be a dredge boat. It quickly became apparent that her true mission was in keeping the Bay's unique skipjack heritage alive through educational and recreational sails.
Our volunteer crew members are a crucial asset to our organization. They are extensively trained in all facets of operating these traditional wooden vessels. They also participate in the all-important and never-ending maintenance of the Nathan.

On each sail, we give visitors a glimpse of life on a waterman's oyster dredge boat. Each sail is unique, depending on wind, weather, captain and crew.

In addition to our regular schedule of public sails, families, businesses, schools and other groups may charter the boat to make a truly memorable special occasion. We enjoy working with each group to offer the experience they are seeking, whether educational cruise or relaxing excursion.

The Nathan of Dorchester also serves as a sailing ambassador for Cambridge, Dorchester County and the Eastern Shore. We travel each year to participate in special events throughout the Bay, including one of the last remaining skipjack races at Deal Island on Labor Day.


Volunteer Opportunities with the Nathan of Dorchester.
Sail Crew; No experience needed. Training provided by Coast Guard licensed captain. Must be able to commit to enough time aboard the Nathan to become proficient – safety is our main concern!
Boat Maintenance: Painting, engine work, metal work, electrical repairs – all skills are needed!
Marketing/Public Relations: Writing, photography, flyers, media contact, potential charter contacts.
Educators: Onboard educators for our educational charters. Activities include navigation, sailing, oysters, bay ecology and knot tying. New program ideas are welcome.


All volunteer organization, including crew. Coast Guard certified vessel.