The skipjack H.M. Krentz will be offering sailing cruises at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD on Saturday, October 5 during the 31st annual Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival. The Miles River cruises will depart from CBMM’s waterfront campus at 12:45pm, 1:45pm, and 2:45pm, with limited boarding available. Tickets will be available at the museum’s welcome center, the day of the event at $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6 to 11, and kids five and under free.
The H. M. Krentz was built in 1955 by Herman Krentz of Harry Hogan, VA for David Lewis, Bronza Parks’ nephew. Bronza Parks built more than 400 boats in Wingate, MD, including the 1955 skipack Rosie Parks, now under restoration at CBMM and due to be relaunched November 2 at OysterFest.
When he’s not taking guided sailing charters out in the warmer months, Captain Ed Farley continues as a working waterman each winter dredging for Chesapeake oysters aboard the H. M. Krentz. He holds a USCG 100-ton auxiliary/sail license, while relying upon more than 41 years of sailing skipjacks and wooden boatbuilding when sharing stories about the Chesapeake. Prior to owning the Krentz, Captain Farley owned and operated the 1902 skipjack Stanley Norman. He also developed and operated the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s sailing skipjack environmental educational program, carrying more than 14,000 school children on interpretive tours.
For more information about the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival, which continues through Sunday, October 6, visit www.cbmm.org/mascf. For information about the H. M. Krentz, visit www.oystercatcher.com.