partnering to craft a new icon


Experience the construction of maryland dove

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has officially been selected to build a new Maryland Dove, a reproduction of the 17th century trading ship that accompanied the first settlers to what is now Maryland in 1634. Maryland Dove is owned by the state of Maryland and operated and maintained by the Historic St. Mary’s City Commission.

“HSMC and CBMM are natural partners in this project,” said Regina Faden, executive director at Historic St. Mary’s City. “It fulfills both our missions and delivers a new Dove to tell the story of (early) Maryland.”

Maryland Dove is Historic St. Mary’s City’s floating ambassador and one of its most popular exhibits. The ship design is based on the original Dove that sailed to the Maryland colony with Ark in 1634. Dove was a small ship used in shallow waterways along the coast while the first colony and capital were being established.

Construction is underway as of June 1, 2019, and will end with the launch of the new Maryland Dove in 2021. All work will be done in full public view, allowing the public to experience every stage of the project.

“We are thrilled and honored to have been selected to build a new Maryland Dove,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “Over the course of the next few years, our shipwrights and apprentices will build a historically accurate successor for the existing ship, and we welcome guests to be a part of the construction and education experience.”