Physical Dimensions

Length Overall: 76 feet
Length on Deck: 56 feet
Length at Waterline: 51 feet
Beam: Overall 17 feet
Draft: 7 feet
Tonnage: 42 tons burthen
Height of Main Mast: 64 feet
Sail Area (approximately):
1,965 square feet
Power: 2 Lehman 4-cylinder, Super 90 engines


Architect

William Avery Baker (deceased) of Hingham, Massachusetts. Mr. Baker was the designer of several historic vessels, including Adventure, a trading ketch of the 1670s; the 1776 whaleboat Middlesex; and Mayflower II. Mr. Baker served as curator of the Francis Russell Hart Nautical Museum at MIT.


Builder

James B. Richardson (deceased) of Cambridge, Maryland. Then 70, Mr. Richardson was coaxed out of retirement in 1977 to begin construction on Maryland Dove. A lifelong resident of the Eastern Shore, Mr. Richardson came from a long line of shipwrights. He and five assistants worked for 15 months on Maryland Dove at his boatyard off the Choptank River on Lecompte Creek. Richardson died in 1991.


Dates

Launch Date: August 14, 1978
Commissioned:
October 8, 1978


The Current Maryland Dove

Maryland Dove, a tall ship built in 1978, is Historic St. Mary’s City’s floating ambassador and one of its most popular exhibits. The ship design is based on the small merchant vessel that sailed to the Maryland colony in the 1600s. The ship is the same size and type as the 42-ton Dove, which escorted Ark to bring the first colonists to Maryland in 1634. Dove was used in shallow waterways along the coast while the first capital of the colony was being established. Visitors to the ship experience what it was like traveling by water by the first European settlers. They also learn about 17th century technology, and how colonists lived for three months as they traversed the Atlantic Ocean.

In 17th-century Maryland, travel was a necessity for communication and trade, and water transportation was the best or only choice. At Historic St. Mary’s City waterfront, visitors can climb onboard the Maryland Dove, chat with the ship’s crew, and learn the hardships and benefits of life aboard a trading vessel. Discover how sailors navigated by the stars, what they ate during a long voyage, and how waterways linked Maryland’s colonists to the rest of the world.

Maryland dove under sail. the current ship was built in 1978 by james b. richardson of cambridge, md., and serves as historic st. mary’s city’s floating ambassador.

Maryland dove under sail. the current ship was built in 1978 by james b. richardson of cambridge, md., and serves as historic st. mary’s city’s floating ambassador.