Ship profile for the sailing ship: "Norfolk"

Technical data of the sailing ship:

Ex-names:George W. Collier, Allegheny
Registered port:Norfolk
Type of rigging:SLUP
Type of ship:Chesapeake Bay Skipjack
Year built:1900
Yard:Deal Island, Maryland, USA
Overall length:21.65 m
Breadth:4.75 m
Draught:1.00 m
Ship's hull:Holz / Wood

Portrait of the sailing ship:

Last update: 30 Dec 2001

  • Chesapeake Bay skipjack built at Deal Island, Maryland, in 1900, skipjacks are sailing crafts designed and built to dredge for oysters, during the peak building years approximately from the 1880s to 1910 it is estimated well over a thousand skipjacks were built, skipjacks typically have a flat or v-shaped bottom and a shallow draft with a centerboard, the rig is simple, a self-tending jib and large triangular mainsail make these vessels easy to sail with a small crew.
  • originally christened the "George W. Collier", she dredged oysters for many years.
  • during the 1960s and 1970s she sailed the Bay as the "Allegheny", and acted as an ambassador of ecology until 1978 until she was donated to the City of Norfolk.
  • donated to the City of Norfolk, renamed the "Norfolk", a grant of the Dalis Foundation to the City of Norfolk enabled a rebuilding and refitting of the ship in 1990.
  • operated by the Norfolk Parks and Recreation Department in cooperation with qualified volunteers, Sea Scouts, and Nautical Adventures, Inc.

Literature for further reading:

We recommend the following references for your further research of the ship. The references marked with have been included in the generation of the ship profile on this page.

Thaddeus Koza
"Tall Ships - the Fleet of the 21th Century"
Tide-Mark Press, East Hartford 2000 ISBN: 1-55949-551-0
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