Dovetail Martha under restoration in St. Michaels

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ST. MICHAELS – The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s dovetail Martha is now under restoration at CBMM’s boatyard. The 1934 Hooper Island dovetail is receiving new 42’ one-piece topside planks, frames and bronze fastenings. Her Olds 455 engine will later be removed and sent out for overhaul, sandblasting and fresh paint. After she is put back together, Martha will be receiving new paint top to bottom, zincs and any cotton caulking needing replacement. All restoration work will be done in full public view over the winter months, with the museum opened daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Built in Wingate by Bronza Parks, and donated to the museum’s collections in 1983 by Mr. and Mrs. David W. Glass, Martha is part of CBMM’s floating fleet of Chesapeake workboats, and is anticipated to return dockside and out on the Miles River by spring. For more information, visit

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