Skip­jack Nathan re­ceives grants be­fore sil­ver ju­bilee

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CAM­BRIDGE — The Nathan of Dorch­ester has re­cently re­ceived sev­eral grants to fund unique projects. The Nathan is pre­par­ing to cel­e­brate her 25th An­niver­sary Sil­ver Ju­bilee in July 2019 and the Dorch­ester Skip­jack Com­mit­tee would like the skip­jack to be in the best shape pos­si­ble.

The Ge­orge W. Todd Foun­da­tion through the Mid-Shore Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion pro­vided the funds to re­place the halon fire sys­tem and in­stall an AED De­fib­ril­la­tor.

“These were crit­i­cal ex­penses to help en­sure con­tin­ued safety on the Nathan of Dorch­ester,” Com­mit­tee Pres­i­dent Pat John­son said.

In ad­di­tion to the Todd Foun­da­tion grant, The Pauline Foxwell Robbins and Wil­liam David Robbins Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion Trust pro­vided funds to help sup­port the 2018 Chop­tank Her­itage Skip­jack Race and a grant to re­place and up­grade the Nathan’s nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem.

Although most of the Nathan’s pas­sen­gers ex­pe­ri­ence sail­ing and oys­ter­ing on the Chop­tank River, the Nathan fre­quently trav­els to Ox­ford, Deal Is­land, and other des­ti­na­tions on the Bay.

“Hav­ing an up­dated depth fin­der and nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem helps en­sure the Nathan can safely nav­i­gate be­yond its home port and share the her­itage of skip­jacks with other com­mu­ni­ties,” said Chris Koch, lead cap­tain of the U. S. Coast Guard cer­ti­fied ves­sel.

The Nathan is an ex­am­ple of the skip­jacks of yes­ter­year that graced the lo­cal wa­ters. The Nathan was built from 1992 to 1994, by vol­un­teers who do­nated over 14,000 man hours to com­plete her con­struc­tion. She was de­signed by boatwright Harold Ruark and boat builder Bob­bie Ruark. Hailed as the “the last authen­tic skip­jack” built on the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, she is owned and main­tained by the non-profit Dorch­ester Skip­jack Com­mit­tee in Cam­bridge.

The Dorch­ester Skip­jack Com­mit­tee in­vites the com­mu­nity to keep the skip­jack her­itage alive by sup­port­ing the Nathan of Dorch­ester for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Please visit the up­dated web­site at skip­jack-nathan. org or on Face­book at Skip­jack Nathan. Do­na­tions are al­ways ac­cepted and ap­pre­ci­ated.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

The skip­jack Nathan of Dorch­ester is pre­par­ing to cel­e­brate her Sil­ver Ju­bilee in July 2019.

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