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Electronic navigation workshop set for Chesapeake museum

From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 6, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is offering an Electronic Navigation for Non-Technical People workshop, with class size limited and pre-registration needed.

Participants will join Captain Jerry Friedman, a USCG-licensed Master, as he provides short non-technical descriptions of how GPS, GPS chart plotters, radar, depth sounders, and automated identification systems work.

A retired electrical engineering executive, Friedman has held a USCG captain’s license for more than 57 years. During that time, he also operated an emergency service towboat for BoatUS, assisting boaters along the Chesapeake Bay in distress, delivering boats, and teaching navigation courses. He currently holds a 100-ton Master’s license and serves as the volunteer lead captain of the museum’s 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle.

The program takes place in the museum’s Dorchester House and is $10 for museum members or $20 for non-members, with pre-registration needed by contacting Allison Speight at or calling 410-745-4941.