Winter Lecture: Randolph George

Memoir of a Skipjack: These Iconic Vessels are a Window into Chesapeake Heritage

Thursday, January 17 2019 | 7 PM | Admission: $10 (Free for first mate members and above.)

Scope of Presentation

Mr. George will provide a definition of a Chesapeake Bay skipjack and explain what made these vessels unique to the Chesapeake region. He will also discuss methods of design and construction at local boatyards (Bronza’s Boatyard), Skipjacks Wilma Lee and the Martha Lewis, and reasons why these iconic vessels and their stories should be preserved. The current status of skipjacks on the Bay and the future of these traditional commercial vessels will be included as well.

About the Presenter

Born in Ohio, Randolph George attended Ohio State University, where he obtained B.A. and M.D. degrees. He trained in neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1970’s, followed by active duty at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virginia. In 1986, he purchased an historical farm and house on the Eastern Shore where he now lives with his wife. In 1993, he purchased and reconstructed skipjack Martha Lewis and later Ruby, an 1895 five-log canoe. He is a board member of the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture, and serves on the board of the Somerset County, Maryland Historical Society.

The 2019 Winter Lecture Series at the Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park will be held on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. from January 10 to February 28. You will be challenged to question and to learn by engaging speakers on eight diverse topics including maritime history, local history, science and maritime art. The schedule for 2019 is available here

These lectures are very popular. Please arrive early to get a seat.