Dee of St. Mary's Cruises

Patuxent River Cruises on the Dee of St. Mary's


The Dee of St. Mary’s is a sailing skipjack used in the museum’s Chesapeake Bay Field Lab programs. All sails depart from the CMM dock, weather permitting.

2021 Public Sails on the Dee of St. Mary's


The museum offers 2-hour public sails aboard the historic vessel Dee of St. Mary’s. This is a great way to experience the Patuxent River aboard an iconic Chesapeake Bay Skipjack. Guests will have an opportunity to help raise and lower the sail.

Current capacity is 20 people. When registering, the number of tickets you are able to purchase reflects the spaces available. For example, if 3 tickets are the most you can purchase, then only 3 spaces remain.

May Public Sails
Saturday, May 22 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. (FULL)
Sunday, May 23 from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

June Public Sails
Friday, June 4 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. (adults-only cruise)
Sunday, June 6 from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 12 from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Friday, June 18 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. (adults-only cruise)
Saturday, June 19 from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 27 from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Fees and Operations


$25 for ages 13 and up
$15 for children ages 5-12  
$35 for Friday evening, adult-only, cruises - BYOB optional

*Sorry, children under 5 are not permitted on Dee public sails.

Please arrive 20 minutes early and check in at the boat. Masks must be worn onboard during the cruise.

If there is inclement weather you will be notified by the crew prior to the cruise.

We require a 5-business day cancellation notice for a full refund, minus a $5 processing fee. If the sail is cancelled due to weather, a full refund will be issued.

Reservation Information


For more information, contact Melissa McCormick at 410-326-2042, ext. 8083 or Melissa.McCormick@calvertcountymd.gov.



Support the Dee
The Dee of St. Mary's is supported through business sponsorships and private donations. As one of the very few skipjacks ever built on the Western Shore, and one of only a handful of surviving skipjacks certified to carry passengers, we need your help keeping her afloat. Become a plank owner to help with the ongoing maintenance of this iconic Chesapeake work dredge.

Want to be part of the crew?


Interested in becoming part of the Dee of St. Mary's crew?
 Click here to email Mindy Quinn.

Thank you to our sponsors

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