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Maryland Dove Docks in Cambridge

Posted: Sep 07, 2018 6:27 PM -04:00 Updated:

CAMBRIDGE, Md. - It's a special homecoming for one ship now docked in Dorchester County. The Maryland Dove is a mid-17th century ship replica, celebrating it's 40th anniversary at Long Wharf Park in Cambridge.

The ship - made of knots, rope, and plenty of wood, the Maryland Dove is not your average ship. And you can't just be any average person to work on it - like Joe Greeley, who's been working on the Dove for 17 years.


"I'd like to call this a mid-size delivery truck for the 1600's," Greeley said.

Originally built in Cambridge, Greeley says it isn't easy keeping the Dove looking so pretty.

Greeley knows firsthand.

"Being out in the heat and humidity all day isn't fun...but I am getting paid to go barefoot on a ship," Greeley said.

The Maryland Dove is a copy of many trading ships used back in colonial times able to carry up to 40 tons of nearly anything.

Greeley says the original Dove was lost somewhere at sea. Now, the newer version usually sits dockside in St. Mary's County for educational purposes.

Captain William Gates says it's an old ship with a lot of history and still plenty relevant.

"It's always a new challenge and something new every time," Gates said. "Some of my colleagues, who have been working in traditional and historic rigging, are now being called on by modern yacht yards to create rigs for modern high tech boats."

The Maryland Dove will keep teaching opened to the public through the weekend.

The Maryland Dove first made an appearance in Cambridge back in 2008. Starting Saturday, free public tours will begin from 10a.m. and end at 5p.m.

 

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