The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Shipyard creates anew the tradition of a working waterfront. CBMM’s shipwrights and apprentices are a tangible connection to the Chesapeake’s rich story of boat building through:

  • Preservation and maintenance of CBMM’s Floating Fleet of Chesapeake Bay boats and its historic small boat collection

  • A working marine railway for hauling and launching large historic vessels

  • Presence and preservation of visiting traditional wooden vessels

  • Hands-on shipyard education programs

Shipyard staff interact with our guests, explaining their work and the boats for which the Chesapeake Bay is known. You will also find shipwrights and apprentices demonstrating maritime skills at our festivals and special events. To learn more, visit