A living piece of Maryland history, the Jolly Dolphin is a wooden sailing vessel modeled on Chesapeake Bay oyster dredgers and built for recreational use. Sometimes called a “workboat yacht,” it was custom-built for the Mick family of Delaware by James B. Richardson on LeCompte Creek in Dorchester County, Maryland in 1958.
Legend has it that the name ‘Jolly Dolphin’ came from a character in a children’s book entitled Nautical Ned by Clare Randolph — supposedly the favorite book of the original owners’ children.
From 1964 to 2007, the Jolly Dolphin passed into the hands of a half dozen owners, the last having abandoned her ashore. So she was ready for a new steward when current owner Jack Zuraw found her and began the restoration of this three sail bateau — an almost forgotten piece by Chesapeake history.
She is berthed on the Magothy River. Owner and Captain Jack Zuraw holds an inland U.S. Coast Guard 50-ton Masters Credential with sail endorsement.