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October 21 - 23, 2015
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Dec. 7, 2013
3 - 7 pm

Richardson Maritime Complex Grand Opening and Fundraiser to benefit the James B. Richardson Foundation, Inc.

Place: Richardson Maritime Complex, 103 Hayward Street, Cambridge, MD

Featuring: Tours of the Ruark Boatworks and Brannock Education & Research Center, Pig Roast, Live Entertainment

Donaton: $50 per person which includes non-alcoholic drinks, beer, and wine. Cash bar for signature cocktails.

Purchase tickets at $50 each:
Weekly Events
The Ruark Boatworks
Maryland Avenue & Hayward Street

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays -  9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Learn from the Experts
Individuals, families and groups are invited to come, observe, participate and perhaps return to learn the art of building wooden boats. Named after Harold Ruark, the designer of the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester, a local boat designer and modeler. Boats; large and small, are being built or restored at this facility. The volunteers, assisted by Boatwright Mac McGlaughlin have completed and constructed locally built boats.
Monthly Events
Richardson Maritime Museum
401 High Street

Second Saturdays The Richardson Maritime Museum participates in Second Saturday  held each month by the Cambridge Main Street Association.  The Museum hosts theme nights each month with guest authors, artists and activities for both adults and kids.  Refreshments are served and admission is free, although donations are greatly appreciated.  Please contact the Museum for upcoming themes and schedules.

Melvin Hickman, Curator of the Richardson Maritime Museum talks about building the skipjack 'Nathan of Dorchester' Dorchester County's goodwill ambassador.

Exhibit Panels Are Unveiled At Second Saturday Reception


Living History:  left to right, Capt. Scott Todd; Skipjack Disaster survivor George Wheatley, Cambridge City Council President Gil Cephus and his uncle, Capt. Theodore Cephus; and Mary Parks Harding, daughter of Bronza Parks.

A series of new exhibit panels were unveiled at the Museum at a special reception held in conjunction with a Second Saturday event.  Funded in part by a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network the new interpretive signage expands upon the Museum’s boatbuilding theme to give visitors a more meaningful experience.

Numerous individuals and their stories are depicted in the panels and many were invited to the reception, where they shared their stories in person.  George Wheatly attended, describing his survival of the Skipjack Disaster of 1939.  Theodore Cephus shared tales of sailing with Captain Orville Parks on the skipjack Rosie Parks.  Master Boatbuilder Bronza Parks was represented by his daughter, Mary Parks Harding.  Bronza built the Rosie Parks, along with her sister skipjacks the Martha Lewis and Lady Katie, in 1954-55.  Scott Todd, captain and owner of the Lady Katie, also attended the event.

The presence of these and other individuals, either depicted or representing those shown in the panels, created an unforgettable evening of living history.

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