Richardson Museum hosts Maryland Dove

submitted tp dorchester banner/richardson musem The Maryland Dove, seen here, will be visiting in Cambridge Sept. 8-10. Built in 1978 by Jim Richardson (Mr. Jim) in his boatyard outside of Cambridge it is the 40th anniversary of the ship’s launch.

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The Maryland Dove, seen here, will be visiting in Cambridge Sept. 8-10. Built in 1978 by Jim Richardson (Mr. Jim) in his boatyard outside of Cambridge it is the 40th anniversary of the ship’s launch.

CAMBRIDGE — The Richardson Maritime Museum is honored to host the Maryland Dove on her visit to Cambridge in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the launch. In name and size, the Maryland Dove commemorates the Dove of 1634, which accompanied Lord Baltimore’s original expedition to Maryland. While docked at Long Wharf, the ship’s gangplank will be down for public tours on Sept. 8 and Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours are free, but, donations will be accepted.

The Maryland Dove, whose home port is Historic St. Mary’s City, represents a 40 ton coastal trading vessel of the mid-17th century. Many of these vessels accompanied the fleets of the early explorers and colonists to provide local transportation and trade. Nothing better illustrates the dangers and hardships facing the early settlers than seeing the small, square rigged ships which helped bring them to the edge of the new World.

The Maryland Dove, a full scale representation of one of these vessels, looks remarkably tiny and primitive to modern eyes. Yet, these vessels routinely challenged the Atlantic Ocean and the bays, rivers and creeks of the New WorldTheMaryland Dove will be docked at Long Wharf, near the intersection of High and Water streets in Cambridge. There’s plenty of free parking, and the shops and restaurants of historic downtown Cambridge are a short walk away.

“In 1978, the Maryland Dove was launched from Jim Richardson’s (Mr. Jim’s) boatyard outside of Cambridge. At the age of 70, Mr. Jim came out of retirement to work with his crew to build the wooden ship,” said Jane Devlin, executive director of Richardson Maritime Museum. “It is exciting to welcome the Maryland Dove back to Cambridge for this significant occasion.”

For more information, go to www.richardsonmusuem.org

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