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Telemundo Delmarva | 18, Septiembre, 2019

La artista y miembro de la tripulación del Maryland Dove Mariluz Fermaint nos muestra el histórico bote mientras visitaba el condado de Talbot como parte del proyecto de construcción de un segundo barco histórico en el museo de la bahía del Chesapeake.


WBOC 16 | Sept. 14, 2019

Experts and boat enthusiasts gathered this weekend at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum to discuss the project that aims to bring back to life a piece of Maryland's history.

"As a tangible reminder, a living classroom is an exciting place" says Will Gates, master of the current Maryland Dove.

Construction for the new vessel started four months ago and it's scheduled to continue through 2021.


Proptalk Magazine | Sept. 12, 2019

The front of the ship is largely represented with a massive live oak timber that makes up the stem and apron. Shipwrights have identified and roughed out all the deadwood and main components of the backbone and are now working to join these pieces together horizontally before the entire centerline structure is raised vertically.


The Enterprise | July 9, 2019

State officials, members of the Historic St. Mary’s City Commission and Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Board of Governors, staff from both museums and members of the public all gathered in St. Michaels on the Eastern Shore last month to help celebrate the beginning of construction of the new Maryland Dove.


Star Democrat | May 24, 2019

Maritime Day will serve as the official start of the museum’s construction of Maryland Dove.

All attendees are invited to sign their names to the new vessel’s keel, to see the lofting of its new design, and to help make trunnels, or large wooden nails, that will be used during its construction.


The World According to Steve | April 25, 2019

The Maryland Dove is currently in the beginning stages of construction. She will be built using Southern Live Oak from southwest Georgia – a material that is incredibly durable and rot resistant – from Cross Sawmill.


Chesapeake Bay Magazine | Jan. 28, 2019

The new Maryland Dove will represent the trading ships that brought the first European settlers to what we now know as Maryland. She’ll be home ported in Historic St. Mary’s City, and owned by the state, just as the current Dove is. The goal of the new ship design is to be as close to the 1634 original as possible, including features that were not known when Maryland Dove was built in 1978. CBMM will build the ship at its historic boatyard, on display for museum visitors to see.


Museum Publicity | Jan. 24, 2019

Principal architect and firm founder Iver Franzen’s 40-year maritime career has included work both as a naval architect and captain. He became a licensed captain in 1980, and now has a 500-ton Master’s License, with endorsements for auxiliary sail and 1600-ton OSVs. After earning his Bachelor of Arts from Union College in 1974, Franzen worked many years as a charter and delivery captain, and many more as a commercial passenger vessel captain, throughout the East Coast and Caribbean.


Soundings Online | Jan. 15, 2019

“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 replacement to the existing ship, and we welcome guests to be a part of the construction and education experience.”


Museum Publicity | Jan. 11, 2019

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has officially been selected to build a new Maryland Dove, a representation of the 17th-century trading ship that accompanied the first European settlers to what is now Maryland.


Talbot Spy | June 10, 2019

“We are honored to host Maryland Dove,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “The ship is an important piece of maritime and American history—especially Maryland history—and we hope everyone will visit to experience it for themselves.”


Spinsheet Magazine | May 13, 2019

“Building the new ship will also include a ground-up review of the current design. A great deal of historical and archaeological research has been accomplished since the 1978 Dove design, with CBMM working jointly with Historic St. Mary’s City to ensure research is incorporated in the new Dove.”


Star Democrat | March 29, 2019

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will host a new event in June, Maritime Day, to help celebrate the start of its construction of a new Maryland Dove and, more generally, the traditions kept alive in its working shipyard.


Talbot Spy | Jan. 25, 2019

“Given the various excellent efforts around the Chesapeake Bay to research, interpret, teach, and preserve the fabric of the Bay’s history, maritime and otherwise, and, indeed, the history of this country’s early years in general, it’s a real honor to be chosen as the designer of one of the new flagships of those efforts,” Franzen said. “I’m impressed with the commitment by HSMC and CBMM to re-create the best example possible of one of our early founding ships, while also realizing that incorporating certain modern details necessary for U.S. Coast Guard certification will actually allow an even better experience and understanding for all of this very important vessel.”


WBOC 16 | Jan. 17, 2019

A historic ship that once set sail in Maryland waters and across the world is making a homecoming of sorts. It's called the Maryland Dove - a 17th century merchant vessel that once brought the first European settlers to Maryland. A replica of the ship is usually docked on the Western Shore and used for educational purposes nowadays.


Chesapeake Bay Magazine | Jan. 14, 2019

If you grew up in Maryland, you’ll remember the Ark and the Dove from history class: the two ships that sailed over from England to start the Maryland colony in 1634. A reproduction, Maryland Dove, was built forty years ago and has been homeported in Historic St. Mary’s City ever since, representing the state’s colonial history.


Talbot Spy | Jan. 11, 2019

“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.”

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ChesaDel Crier | June 6, 2019

Maryland Dove will arrive at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Friday, June 28, and can be seen out on the Miles River and dockside through Sunday, June 30, 2019. A reproduction of the 17th century trading ship that accompanied the first European settlers to what is now Maryland, the vessel will be open for boarding to all CBMM guests.

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Talbot Spy | May 1

Joe Connor and his crew of shipwrights at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum have either restored or built dozens of classic work boats since he joined the CBMM staff in 2013 but he’s the first to admit that heading up the reproduction effort for the Maryland Dove might be the most professionally challenging project in his career., 2019


Bay Weekly | Jan. 31, 2019

The Dove sailed with the Ark to land English on New World soil in 1634. The original Dove was lost at sea during a return voyage to the motherland. The Maryland Dove most of us have seen at Historic St. Mary’s City’s is a popular reimagining. Built in 1977, it has hosted some 500,000 visitors, allowing them to better envision how the first English settlers lived at sea.


Shore Update | Jan. 20, 2019

“Achieving the most appropriate design for the new Maryland Dove is of the utmost importance,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “We have full confidence in Franzen, thanks to his impressive background in designing historical reproductions, and to U.S. Coast Guard standards.”


Star Democrat | Jan. 15, 2019

Iver C. Franzen Maritime LLC, an Annapolis-based firm specializing in historic vessel naval architecture services, has been chosen by the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum to design the newest iteration of 17th century pinnace Maryland Dove.


Kent County News | Jan. 12, 2019

“This is incredibly exciting news for the Eastern Shore of Maryland,” CBMM President Kristen Greenaway said. “It’s phenomenal.”


Star Democrat | Jan. 11, 2019

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Thursday, Jan. 10, announced it has been awarded a $5 million contract from the state of Maryland to build a new Maryland Dove.