Wm. B. Tennison

Wm. B. Tennison (HM14WV)

Location: Solomons, MD 20688 Calvert County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 19.872', W 76° 27.792'

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Wm. B. Tennison was built in 1899 by Frank Laird at Crab Island near Oriole, Maryland. Her hull is constructed in traditional Chesapeake log canoe fashion-nine large pine logs. Hollowed out and fastened together. She was built as a two-mastered bugeye and designed mainly for oyster dredging. In 1906-1907 the Tennison was converted to engine power and her sailing rig was removed and a pilothouse added. This is how she appears today.

From 1907 until 1978 the Tennison earned her living as a buyboat, hauling oysters and dredging on leased oyster beds. For much of that time she was owned by the J. C. Lore and Sons Company of Solomons. She was acquired by the Calvert Marine Museum in 1979 from Alton Kersey, her last owner.

Wm. B. Tennison today serves as a floating exhibit and tour boat and has become a symbol of the maritime heritage of Calvert County. She is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and in 1994 was designated a National Historic Landmark.

Wm. B. Tennison offers narrated one-hour tour of Solomons harbor and nearby Patuxent River, Wednesday-Sunday, including holidays, from May through October. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A maximum of 45 passengers can be carried.

The Chesapeake Bay Buy-Boat
Wm. Tennison
Built 1899
Crab Island, Maryland
Has been a designated a
National Historic Landmark
This vessel possesses National Significance in
commemorating the history of the United States of America.
National Park Service
United States Department of the Interior
HM NumberHM14WV
Series This marker is part of the National Historic Landmarks series
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Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 8:06am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 372111 N 4243576
Decimal Degrees38.33120000, -76.46320000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 19.872', W 76° 27.792'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 19' 52.32" N, 76° 27' 47.52" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 215 Lore Pines Ln, Solomons MD 20688, US
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