Skip to main content

Museum’s annual auction hits all-time record

The 22nd annual Boat Auction, held Sept. 4 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., had a record turnout, with sales more than doubling past years’ results.

The Museum’s Boat Donation Program operates year-round, and boats available for sale are regularly updated and listed on the museum’s Web site at

Boat donors receive a tax deduction for their donations, and all proceeds from the boat sales support the museum’s educational programs and exhibits.

“It is an innovative way to raise funds for our programs while offering a tax-deduction opportunity to donors,” says museum president John Valliant. “It’s a win-win situation for all involved.”

For more information about donating boats to or purchasing boats from the Museum’s Boat Donation Program, contact Lad Mills at (410) 745-2916, Ext. 112, or e-mail:

In related news, the Maryland Historical Society on Oct. 14 presented Peter Lesher, curator of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, with the Marion Brewington Prize for his article, “A Load of Guano: Baltimore and the Growth of the Fertilizer Trade.”

The annual award is given for the best essay on the maritime history of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Lesher’s article will be published in a forthcoming issue of Maryland Historical Magazine.