Boats of the Chesapeake

Small Craft Building

This 6,000-square foot building, open toward the boat basin, houses twenty of the small craft in the museum's collections, ranging in size from a dugout canoe to the forty-five-foot draketail Penguin.

Be sure to also visit the Patuxent Small Craft Center, home of the Patuxent Small Craft Guild. Click here for more information about Chesapeake Bay Workboats.

A few of the boats (besides the Tennison) we have in our collection. Drawn by Alan B. Chesley, 1980.

Patuxent Small Craft Center
Located next to the Small Craft Building and adjacent to the boat basin, the Patuxent Small Craft Center serves as the headquarters for the small craft program. Here, volunteers of the Patuxent Small Craft Guild, under the direction of the museum's boatwright, maintain the museum's fleet of historic boats and preserve the art and skills of wooden boat building. Boat building classes are held year-round for those interested in building a canoe or rowing skiff.
Join the Patuxent Small Craft Guild
Patuxent Small Craft Guild Facebook Page.
Solomons Island Model Boat Club
The Patuxent Small Craft Center is also the home for members of the Solomons Island Model Boat Club (SIMBC), one of the most active clubs at the museum . For information, Visit the SIMBC website.