Richardson Maritime Museum Hosts Tall Ship the Maryland Dove
The, a replica of the 17th century trading ship that brought some of the first settlers to what is now Maryland, serves as St. Mary’s City floating ambassador.
The Maryland Dove was built in 1978 in Dorchester County by master boat builder Jim Richardson. The then 70-year-old Richardson was coaxed out of retirement in 1977 to begin construction on the ship. A lifelong resident of the Eastern Shore, Richardson came from a long line of shipwrights. He and five assistants worked for 15 months on the Maryland Dove at his boatyard off the Choptank River on Lecompte Creek. Richardson died in 1991.
The visit to Cambridge coincides with the Maryland Dove’s 40th Anniversary. The planks will be down from 10 a.m.-5p.m. on Sept. 8-9, and the ship will be open to the public for tours while it is at Long Wharf, near High and Water Streets. Donations will be accepted.
The planks will be down from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Long Wharf, near High and Water streets, and will be open to the public for tours of the ship, weather permitting. Donations will be accepted.
Following its time in Cambridge, the Maryland Dove will pay a visit to the town of Oxford, Maryland, Sept. 11-13 where tours will be conducted from 2-6 p.m.