• Draft: 3.5′
  • Beam: 16
  • Rig Height: 63′
  • Freeboard: 4′
  • Tons: 14
  • Hull: wood

Organization: Living Classrooms


SIGSBEE is a Chesapeake Bay skipjack, used to dredge oysters and haul cargo on the Bay. She was built in 1901 and dredged commercially until 1993. In 1994, she was completely rebuilt and certified to carry passengers. Today, SIGSBEE sails the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, teaching students about the ecology, history, and economic importance of her local waters. She still dredges and trawls for fish daily, but only for educational purposes. She sails between march and November and offers programs from 1 day to 10 days in length.


  • USCG Certification: Passenger Vessel (Subchapter T), Inland
  • Who Sails: Youth, Adults, Scouts, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College
  • Program Type: Sail Training, Passenger Daysails, Private Charters, Dockside Interpretation, Maritime History, Marine Science, Marine Environment and Ecology, Nautical Science & Seamanship, Summer Camp, Teacher Workshops, Scouts, Special Needs, Team Building
  • Normal Cruising Waters – Winter: Chesapeake Bay
  • Sailing Season: March – November
  • Year Launched: 1901
  • Number of Crew: 4
  • Name of Contact: Peter Bolster, Fleet Captain
  • Phone: 410-685-0295
  • Website: https://livingclassrooms.org/