Laurel-area wooden working vessel 'Delaware' to be restored.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s next major shipyard project is a restoration of the 1912 tug Delaware. The restoration will begin with lofting this winter and start in earnest in January, with the project anticipated to take two years.

“This is a full stem-to-stern restoration,” said CBMM shipwright James DelAguila, who will be lead on the project. “We’re excited to get started.”

Work will be in full public view. Shipwrights and apprentices will begin work on Delaware’s keel, stem, and horn timber in early 2019, then progress to framing and planking in the latter half of the year. Work on deck structures will follow.

Built in Bethel, Del., by William H. Smith, Delaware once hauled scows on Broad Creek—often laden with lumber—and towed ram schooners to and from Laurel. Occasionally, she carried parties of young people to Sandy Hill for day trips on the Nanticoke River. Donated by Bailey Marine Construction in 1991, Delaware is now a member of the floating fleet on display along CBMM’s waterfront campus. 

“This is a truly exciting time for CBMM, thanks in large part to the flurry of activity in our shipyard,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “Working on these unique vessels helps us further tell the story of the Chesapeake Bay. We can’t wait to share them with our guests.”