Richardson Maritime Museum

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Richardson Maritime Museum

The Richardson Maritime Museum makes this history come alive for visitors in the form of exquisite models of these traditional vessels. Some were built as replicas by local modelers, while others were crafted by the boatbuilders themselves. All contain a wealth of minute details that will leave visitors awestruck at the craftsmen's skill, while imparting an appreciation for the grace and beauty of these traditional Bay boats.

The Museum also offers a collection of boatbuilders' tools and watermen's artifacts that convey an understanding of how the boats were constructed and the history of their use. This history is not ancient. Aerial photographs in the Museum's collection, taken in the 1930s, show Cambridge Creek bustling with bugeyes, buyboats, skipjacks and schooners, even as steamboats tie up at the old ferry terminal at Long Wharf.

Ruark Boatworks
These wooden vessels are disappearing, along with the individuals who built and worked them, and part of the Museum's mission is preservation, both of the boats and the skills. Here, the traditional wooden vessels are being built and restored under the supervision of master boatwrights who pass on their skills to apprentices and volunteers.
Visitors are welcome to stop in and watch ongoing projects or lend a hand.

Richardson Maritime Museum

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Contact

Richardson Maritime Museum
401 High Street
Cambridge
Maryland
21613
United States
410-221-1871
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