• Nathan ''Scavenger Challenge'' to be Held in Downtown Cambridge

    Unique prizes are destined for the winners of the “Nathan Scavenger Challenge” to be held Saturday, May 8 in Downtown Cambridge. The challenge is free to participants, but donations for the Nathan’s maintenance will be gratefully accepted.
    Sponsored by the Dorchester Skipjack Committee, the “challenge” for participants is to find numbered Nathan of Dorchester logo magnets at downtown businesses. The event will run from 3 to 6 p.m. Those wishing to enter may register on May 8, starting at 3 p.m. at the Nathan of Dorchester table in front of the Dorchester Center for the Arts, 321 High St., Cambridge.
    Once all the numbered logos are found and entered on the registration form, it should be returned to the Nathan table where the winning “scavengers” will be selected by a drawing.
    First prize is a half hull model of the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester made by Nathan sail crew member Bud Marseilles. The boat and sails were carved from pine and mounted on a 12 by 15-inch barn board frame. Every model of the Nathan Bud makes has a small piece of wood from the actual Nathan. On this model, the aft trunk cabin was made from a scrap salvaged from a Nathan repair.
    The second prize will be two tickets for a sail aboard the Skipjack Nathan, and the third prize is a Hooper’s Island souvenir oyster tin.
    The Dorchester Skipjack Committee built, owns and operates the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester to serve as a goodwill ambassador for Dorchester County and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. It went into service on July 4, 1994.
    Designed by marine architect Harold Ruark and built by volunteers in the early 1990s under the direction of master shipwright Robert S. “Bobby” Ruark, the Nathan is an authentic Chesapeake Bay oyster dredge boat who carries passengers and shares the maritime history of skipjacks and the ecology of oysters.
    The sailing program features Saturday public sails, 1-3 p.m., and offers custom charters as well as special sunset sails. The 2021 sailing season will begin in July.
    For information about the scavenger challenge or public sails and charters call 410-228-7141 or email info@skipjack-nathan.org. Visit the website at www.skipjack-nathan.org or visit the Facebook page for additional information.

    PHOTO CAPTION: Nathan of Dorchester volunteer Bud Marseilles created the half hull model of the skipjack which will be first prize in the Nathan Scavenger Challenge on May 8 in Downtown Cambridge.