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Boatbuilding Saturday at the Boat Shop

The new build continues at the Boat Shop on Gwynn's Island every Saturday at 10AM. If you have an interest in how a boat comes together from the ground up, then make plans to join us. All skill levels welcome!

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Gilbert Klingel’s “Freya”

"I recently returned from a trip to Maine, in part to visit with Mark Jackson on Green Island. Mark was the Maritime Technical Instructor at Vinalhaven High School and he was seeking a boat that needed restoration and would fulfill the need of his project..."

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Gwynn’s Island boat builder, Gilbert Klingel, featured April 2021 issue Chesapeake Bay Magazine

"In 1951, several nature writers were captivating readers with books that would endure for generations. Rachel Carson opened our eyes to the oceans’ wonders. Thor Heyerdahl thrilled us with his tale of South Seas bravery aboard a log raft. And Gilbert Klingel, a lesser known but no less knowledgeable author, took us where no one else had gone before and lived to tell of it: to the bottom of Chesapeake Bay..."

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Donor Boats for Sale

  • 1981 24', Fenwick Williams,
  • 1980 MFG Dingo, catamaran
  • 1998 Chaparral, Sunesta, 232,

Boatbuilding Then & Now

Brown, Colvin, Deagle, Diggs, Hudgins, Klingel, and Schlenk - boatbuilders of Mathews County, VA. Can you help us identify others and tell their stories?

DVDs, Books & More

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Museum Artifacts & More

2800+ local artifacts and exhibits like The Steamboat Era in Mathews, our museum has a lot to offer. Open May-Nov.

Your support funds educational programs, restores historic boats, and preserves the maritime history of Mathews Co.

Tax deductible donations can be made by cash, check, or PayPal. MMF also maintains a profile with the Community Foundation at

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Volunteers Wanted

  • Stop in Saturdays at 10AM, Gwynn's Island Boat Shop. Help or just observe boat repair and restoration projects. All skill levels welcome. More info here...

  • Our deck boat Peggy of New Point is in need of a steady crew to maintain and transport her to various maritime events around the Bay.

  • Gil Klingel’s Green Heron and Freya - volunteers needed to give both boats extensive restoration.

    Contact John Bonner to participate. Check out the latest Freya update here.

  • Help us set up displays at the museum.

  • Consider being a docent - don't worry, we will train.

  • We are currently looking for a suitable site for a new museum. At some point will need individuals who can assist with site planning, fund raising and grant writing.

Contact us to volunteer and for more information.
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Klingel Film Wins Platinum Remi

The documentary “Gilbert Klingel: Man of Steel” is still winning awards. This year it went out west to Texas, to the Houston International Worldfest Film Festival. Read more...

Klingel History - His life and accomplishments

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Mathews Maritime Museum
482 Main St.
Mathews, VA 23109

Fridays & Saturdays, 10am-2pm

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Mailing address:

Mathews Maritime Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 1201
Mathews, VA 23109-1201

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