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Schooner Rendezvous Brings Historic Ships to Cambridge

Sep 14, 2011 08:31PM ● By Anonymous

At this time eight schooners have confirmed their participation—from as far away as Connecticut and as close as Cambridge—including, Lady Maryland, Mystic Whaler, Martha White, Heron, Prom Queen, Celebration, Watershed and Jacob Jones. Several other vessels will also join in the festivities, including Elf, a clipper ship built in 1888, Isa Lei, a ketch, and Nathan of Dorchester, a skipjack.On Saturday and Sunday, day sail and dockside tours happen from 10 a.m.until 5 p.m., along with live entertainment, food, vendors, family-friendly activities and historic walking tours of Cambridge’s High Street. Admission is free; each ship sets admission prices for tours and sails.

The action takes place on the banks of the Choptank River at Long Wharf Park, near the intersection of High and Water Streets in Cambridge. There’s plenty of free parking, and the shops and restaurants of historic downtown Cambridge are a short walk away.

Entertainment includes several musical performers, including Slow Boat Captains for Truth and Justice, Janie Meneely & Calico Jack, and Schooner Time.

On Saturday evening, ticket holders are invited to join the captains and crew of the vessels for an Eastern Shore Dinner at Long Wharf. For additional information and to purchase tickets go to or call Gladys at 410.221.1871.

Cambridge, Maryland’s second deepest harbor (after Baltimore), is an ideal location for the Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous, which honors the past lifestyles and traditions of these vessels that not only worked the Bay and its tributaries but engaged in trade as far away as South America and the Caribbean.

“This is a unique opportunity to see these majestic ships up close,” said Jane Devlin, Chair of the 2011 Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous. “We welcome all to join us at the Rendezvous this year to celebrate and learn more about our maritime past, as well as our future possibilities as a waterfront town.”

For more information and a complete schedule of events, go to


PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: For details, logistics or specific requests contact Jane Devlin at 443-521-0213.

Saturday, Oct. 22:
The Schooner Rendezvous opening ceremonies begin around 10am, and will include cannons, bagpipes, a blessing of the fleet and more. The Parade of Sail is set to begin around 11am. (Weather permitting).

Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous Highlights

Thursday, Oct 20:
Vessels begin arriving in Cambridge.

Friday, Oct. 21:
10 pm: Pirate Party at Jimmie & Sook’s Raw Bar and Grill (527 Poplar Street, Cambridge); prizes for best costume, music by Anything Goes. $5 cover benefits the Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous.

Saturday, Oct. 22
• Opening festivities (10am)
• Parade of Sail (11 am, weather permitting)
• Dockside tours and public sails (10am-5pm; schedules set by each vessel)
• Music (10am-5pm)
• Historic walking tours of Cambridge (free, 11am and 3pm)
• Eastern Shore Dinner with Captains and Crew at Long Wharf (tickets required, or call Gladys at 410.221.1871)

Sunday, Oct. 23
• Dockside tours and public sails (10am-5pm; schedules set by each vessel)
• Music (10am-5pm)