The H.M. Krentz is an authentic working skipjack. One of the newer vessels to be built for the rigors of Maryland?s wintertime commercial oyster dredging fishery. Launched in 1955 in Harry Hogan, Va., by the Krentz Shipyard for Capt. David Lewis of Wingate, Md., The H.M. Krentz is 49 ft. length on deck, 70ft. length overall, 15.5 ft. beam, draws 4ft. 10 in. with the centerboard up, displaces 26 tons, and carries almost 2000 square feet of sail.
The beamy, open deck of the working skipjack, so necessary for oyster dredging under sail, creates a very stable ride. It is a perfect setting for social gatherings or business meetings, and makes a great outdoor classroom for educational groups of all ages. Together with the surrounding Chesapeake Bay, the H.M. Krentz becomes a powerful symbol of the significant cultural and ecological history of Maryland?s Eastern Shore.
To sail aboard the H.M. Krentz is akin to stepping back in history, which is ever present on the Eastern Shore ? home of the last fleet of working sailing vessels in North America. There are no winches, just manpower and blocks and tackle along with the luck of a good breeze to set time back in motion. Experience the life of the waterman; help pull up the sails and dredge some oysters. Relax and enjoy the sounds of wind and water; see osprey and waterfowl; observe undeveloped waterfront and historic towns; learn about the ecology of the incredible Chesapeake Bay. A more unique way to explore this tidewater region you will not find.
The H.M. Krentz departs from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.