The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. invites the public to come by land or water to welcome in the boating season with a Blessing of the Fleet ceremonyon Thursday, April 14. Led by the Reverend Kevin M. Cross of The Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford, Md., shown here, the ceremony is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. near the museum's boatyard, and includes a presentation of the colors and the Star Spangled Banner and Navy Hymn. Live music by the Royal Oak Musicians and light refreshments finish out the event, which is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org.
This year, CBMM in St. Michaels, Md. will be hosting its Blessing of the Fleet near the boatyard beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 14. The event is free and open to the public, with a reception offering light refreshments and live music with a Chesapeake theme from the Royal Oak Musicians. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved into the museum's Small Boat Shed.
At CBMM's April 14 Blessing of the Fleet, a special blessing will be given for the 1889 log-bottom bugeye, Edna E. Lockwood, as shown here on the museum's marine railway. A registered National Historic Landmark, Edna represents the last remaining log-bottom bugeye still under sail and is considered the queen of the museum's fleet of historic Chesapeake vessels.