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Jolly Dolphin
LOA: 63'
Class/Type: Three-sail bateau
Builder: James B. "Mr. Jim" Richardson
Designer: Designer Name
Launch Date: 1958
Owner / Skipper: Jack Zuraw

A living piece of Maryland history, the JOLLY DOLPHIN is a three-sail bateau, 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.

Nautical Ned children's book 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 the current owner found her and began her restoration — an almost forgotten piece by Chesapeake history.

Click here to visit the JOLLY DOLPHIN website with complete history, photos and videos.

More information about the builder, "Mr. Jim" Richardson, can be found at the Richardson Maritime Museum .

The JOLLY DOLPHIN participates as a volunteer vessel in NSHOF's STEM Sailing programs.

Above Photo: The JOLLY DOLPHIN in the late 1970’s (courtesy of Mike Mathews)


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