Jack Zuraw is a registered architect and has been interested in boats since he was a youngster, daydreaming about the Chesapeake steamboat era and sailing a Sunfish on family vacations. Since then, he’s crewed on racing sloops on the Bay and sailed up and down the East Coast. Post graduate studies on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts set the stage for and enduring interest in traditional boats.

He built a Phil Bolger designed Catboat called the “Julia Rose” in the 1970s and 1980s and rebuilt a semi-dory, designed by John Gardner of Mystic Seaport, built by a family patriarch in the 1960s. When the opportunity arose to restore a two masted, wood hull Chesapeake Bay built boat, it seemed like a pretty natural thing to do.

1957 — 1964

The Mick family of Delaware commissioned Mr. Jim Richardson to build a boat for a family of four.

1964 — 1974

Master-Russell Simon. Might have been on the Delaware… We have heard that she was on the Worton Creek which is about an hour and a half (80 miles) from Woodstown.

1974 to 2000

Master-Emil DelConte


One of Mr. Jim’s Sons-in-law did some basic stabilization to keep the JOLLY DOLPHIN going for a few more years. We continue to find evidence of repairs from this period.

2000 — 2004

Captain-Denny Berg, of Saint Michaels Maryland

2004 — 2006

A new owner moved the JOLLY DOLPHIN ashore at Wikander’s Marine at the end of Windrows Way on the Wicomico Creek, but later abandoned her.

2006 — 2007

April 2007

Wikander’s Marine took ownership and re-floated (with pumps running) JOLLY DOLPHIN after the 6th owner abandoned the vessel ashore.


Jack Zuraw bought the JOLLY DOLPHIN in July 2007 to bring an almost forgotten piece of Maryland history — the Three-sail bateau — back to life.

JOLLY DOLPHIN has primarily berthed on the upper Magothy River.

Jack holds a US Coast Guard 50 ton Masters credential with a sail endorsement.