Restoration

The JOLLY DOLPHIN needed a new steward in 2007, where she languished in a marinaon the Wicomico Creek near Salisbury, Maryland,

“In April of 2007, we were going down to Chincoteague, and I had seen an ad for the JOLLY DOLPHIN and was impressed by it because it’s a traditional Chesapeake Bay sailboat. It turns out to be on the way, so we stopped to have a look at it. And I couldn’t talk myself out of it. It wasn’t, you know, like, love at first sight, it was just a very fascinating thing.” – Jack Zuraw

From early 2008 through December of 2010 she was at the Ruark Boatworks of the Richardson Maritime Museum in Cambridge, Maryland.

In 2008 we turned the Jolly Dolphin upside down to re-plank the bottom in the traditional manner.
In 2008 we turned the JOLLY DOLPHIN upside down to re-plank the bottom in the traditional manner.
In 2008 local reporters recorded work at the Ruark Boatworks beginning in earnest

ruark_2008
2008

Guy, Jim, Dan, Jack, Mike and Mac.
2010 Guy, Jim, Dan, Jack, Mike and Mac.

On November 29, 2010, after two years replacing the bottom and much of the side planking, the JOLLY DOLPHIN was afloat once again!

Thanks Guy!
Many thanks to all the volunteers.
Many thanks to all the volunteers.

See post entries for more details of the rebuilding process that continued after the December 2010 re-launching.