Looking for folks that may have or know the whereabouts of plans or line drawings or offset tables of ANY Chesapeake Bay Deadrise workboat or buyboat.
I can offer a couple of potential sources, in addition to the good advise to check with the CBMM. And I'm sure that there are at least a couple available from the Smithsonian Ships Plans division from the collection of unpublished Howard Chapelle designs.
Both Chapelle and Sucher studied and took lines from a wide variety of existing and vanishing boat types. There is also a book called _Deadrise and Cross-Planked_ by Larry Chowning, but I think it is more of a folk history study and am not sure if there are any actual plans in it. This link relates to the Chesapeake Bay Deck Boat, the Elva C, the museum has in care and may give you some helpful info to further your research. The chesapeake bay maritime museum in st michaels has plans for a round transom deadrise that they have in their collection. Around 6:30 one Tuesday evening, men began trickling into the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum. The group was mostly retirees, and their past occupations ranged from a surgeon to an air conditioner repairman with a few woodworkers in the mix.
The only prerequisite for the course is a desire to learn wooden boat-building skills and to pass on that heritage, so the maritime culture of the lower Susquehanna River and the Upper Chesapeake Bay would not die. That heritage is being preserved by the Maritime Museum at Havre de Grace, MD, one of the newest sites in the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, where weekend visitors might catch some of students working on their boats.
The main museum exhibit, "Harvesting the Bay," demonstrates how natural resources of the Bay were used, from the native people to modern anglers on boats with outboard motors. Artifacts include eel safes-woven baskets that were positioned 60 per mile when eel fishing flourished and live eels were shipped to the Orient and Europe to be smoked.
Visitors learn about skate sailing on the Susquehanna Flats back in the 1940s-50s, when the water still froze over in the winter. The salvaged Bald Friar Petroglyphs display is another favorite-massive rocks with ancient carved pictures on them-salvaged from rock islands long-submerged under the Conowingo Dam. Along this vein, for the last six years the museum has offered a summer archeological camp, I Can Dig It: Discover History in your own Backyard, for youths.
Students then move to nearby Susquehanna State Park to learn about natural resources and do a bit of geo-caching and compass work, both skills used in archeology. Shortly after the museum opened, its Chesapeake Wooden Boat Builders School, become one of its most popular offerings. The new boat group may be working on a stitch and glue kayak, sailing pram or crabbing skiff.


After a student has participated in the group for enough years, when there is available space, he or she can offer to pay for a boat's materials, and the instructors teach the students how to build it. The group draws new students from the workshops it offers to the general public on birch-bark canoes. As they set up a canopy and work on some of their boats, they invariably draw out a few new students. It is a great confidence-building experience for the builders and their parents, who often can't quite believe their sons or daughters made an actual boat themselves. But people don't have to be boat builders in order to be active at the museum or appreciate the stories it tells. Partitions and new gallery space will be added upstairs, while the ground floor will become the new boat building workshop and Susquehanna Flats Environmental Center classroom. Visitors on Monday nights in July have the pleasure of hearing a free outdoor concert, during which musicians perform traditional waterman songs. There is also a gorgeous quarter-mile promenade to stroll along the water's edge and the Concord Point Lighthouse right next door. Cindy Ross lives in Pennsylvania and unlike some children today, has a hard time coming indoors.
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Deadrise in the Cheaspeake refers to a method where the boat is built with hard chines and the bottom planks running from keel to chine. Carrying a plastic bucket of personal tools, each had come to learn and teach the knowledge of wooden boat-building.
It could be towed by boat for fishing, hunting crabbing or just relaxing by the wood stove. This sport began in Sweden several centuries before and all one needed was a hand-held sail, a pair of rustic skates and a good wind to go for a thrilling ride. These carvings are thought to have functioned as maps, indicating the natural features along the Susquehanna. John Smith's 17th century shallop to a Class C Freighter that was used on the Great Lakes.
They also have a community outreach "road show" in which they pack up a trailer with boats, and attend community events.


And then there are those like myself, who wander into the museum after hours to watch and question and learn what all the great fun is about.
Using a program called "Building a 6 Hour Canoe," 13- to 15-year-olds make their own boat in the span of five classes, Pieces are pre-cut from two 4-by-8 sheets of plywood so the youths don't have to mess with power saws. The youths learn to appreciate the skills that go into wooden boat-building and that's what the Chesapeake Boat Builders School is all about-passing on the tradition.
Members of the community help out with the BayScaping program, weeding out invasive species. It guarded the point where the Susquehanna River meets the Chesapeake Bay and kept watermen safe from dangerous waters for 181 years.
These artifacts are the basis of boat exhibits that immerse visitors in the maritime Chesapeake.
Watermen lived in the shack anywhere from a week to a month, and inside the museum is a mock-up of how they were furnished. On their last night, the students sleep over, often incorporating native foods such as buffalo meat and corn into their dinner.
Students have been returning for so many years that they have acquired the necessary skills to fill an instructor's position, should one open up.
The ribs are made of white cedar and the planking red cedar, while the wales, decks and seats are all mahogany.
The boat weighs 60 pounds completed and students work in teams of two, creating low-tech, but extremely seaworthy boats that they get to keep. They work with Scout troops or other local organization and teach them about the flora and fauna of the area.
A visit to Havre de Grace Maritime Museum will instill knowledge and appreciation for the ships and watermen the lighthouse protected. Customers contact me to custom build their boats to scale from pictures and other information.
This labor of love took two years to complete and lucky Root gets to take it home because he provided the cash to buy the materials. This is our fishing boat ,Bumps, she was built here in Rock Hall and even though she has a deadrise type bottom, she is not refered to as a deadrise as she was not built to be a workboat, but a charter fishing boat. She was built to look like a 1961 Pacemaker Sea Skiff, which she does until you look at her bottom.



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