The Winnie Estelle, 1968
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Wednesday April 30, 2014

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On April 1st, the 65- foot vessel made its way to The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, which will be her final home.

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to telling the stories of the Chesapeake Bay and the people who have shaped their lives around it. Situated on 18 waterfront acres in the historic town of St. Michaels, Maryland, the Museum offers exhibits, demonstrations, boat rides on the Miles River, and annual festivals that celebrate Chesapeake Bay culture, boats, seafood, and history.
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The Winnie Estelle, 1968

On Monday April 1st, The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in Maryland, USA received its newest edition to its fleet of historic vessels. The Winnie Estelle, a Chesapeake Bay buyboat, made her homecoming to the town where she first started some 94 years ago.

Winnie Estelle, a vessel built in 1920 in Crisfield, Maryland USA by Noah T. Evans. While Winnie Estelle served as a buyboat for over 50 years along the Maryland Bay where she freighted oysters and fish, she was later bought by Watson “Shug” Marshall and son Eugene Marshall in 1960, whereby she was used as a buy boat for the last time in the USA.

In 1976 Winnie Estelle was sold and brought to the Caribbean where she was used to transport pine lumber from Honduras to Belize. Winnie Estelle eventually found her way to Ambergris Caye where she was used for cruises and even trips to the Blue Hole. After a long life, the vessel eventually succumbed to its years of service and was left to sink. Roberto Smith eventually pulled up the vessel and restored her with new life. The boat eventually departed the country and found its way back to the Bay she originated from years later in 2012 when she was purchased by Michael Whitefield.

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