Welcome to the Richardson Maritime Museum

Dorchester County Maritime History

Located in beautiful historic Cambridge, Maryland, the Richardson Maritime Museum is your port of entry to experience the region’s 300-year maritime history of outstanding boatbuilders and their boats.


Soon You Will Be Able to Visit the Museum Collections

The Museum is temporarily closed. A transitional museum display is expected to open to the public in early 2024. Please come back for more information.

Draketail on display at museum
Draketail on display at museum

Our History

The Museum was founded in memory of Capt. James B. Richardson, a prominent local boatbuilder. “Mr. Jim’s” dedication to the traditional wooden boatbuilding skills and to passing on those skills to new generations of boatwrights inspired the founders of the Museum to establish an organization dedicated not just to preserving his memory, but to continuing his efforts of keeping the art of boatbuilding alive.

Experience the Ruark Boatworks

Here the traditional wooden vessels are being built and restored under the supervision of master boatwrights who pass on their skills to apprentices  and volunteers.  Visitors are welcome to view and assist in this continuous endeavor to preserve and promote our heritage.

Ruark Boatworks 2
Ruark Boatworks 2