The John DuBois Maritime Museum
The John DuBois Maritime Museum houses a large collection of Southern New Jersey Maritime related items from the 19th and early 20th centuries. A large and unique collection of builders’ models of local craft show the plans used to build a new ship from the model itself. Exhibited are tools used to carve ribs, planking, masts and booms. Also displayed are many blocks, “deadlines” and “rigging.” The museum is proud to have on of the largest collections on the East Coast of caulking tools.
Videos are available by the New Jersey Network on oyster schooners, including an interview with John DuBois, who donated most of our artifacts! Also exhibited are early marine engine parts, most from the Hettingers of Bridgeton, one of the first manufacturers in America of marine motors.
The John DuBois Maritme Museum open on Sundays 1-4.
Edward Sheppard (Shep) Curator.
Bayshore Discovery Project
2800 High Street (Bivalve)
Port Norris, NJ 08349
Formerly known as the Delaware Bay Schooner Project, the Bayshore Discovery Project (BDP) forwards the mission of protecting the enivironment, history and culture of New Jersey’s Bayshore region through education, preservation and example.
The main vehicles for BDP’s work include the schooner A.J. Meerwald and the Delaware Bay Museum.
Schooner A.J. Meerwald
New Jersey’s Official Tall Ship, the 115′ historic schooner A.J. Meerwald is the centerpiece of Bayshore Discovery Project’s programs.
From April through November, this beautiful ship offers a busy calendar of Public Sails, exploring the natural resources of the Delaware Estuary and the coastal waters of New Jersey. Special Events, including dinners, concerts, holiday celebrations, educational sails, and other family activities, are available throughout the season. A typical trip lasts 2½ hours. During the summer months Schooner Day Camp offers a unique opportunity for youngsters to experience the sailing life. Call (800) 485-3072 for details.
The Meerwald is also available for charter, and what a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday, wedding, or other special time!
School and other youth groups can participate in an exciting Education Sail that feature a selection of three Education Stations onboard. Choose from
Petroleum in the Estuary
Oystering in the Delaware Bay
An Experiment in Seeing
And a Customized Program
Shore-based programs and other activities available at Meerwald’s home port, Bivalve, include
Maritime Industry Tour
Other Hands-On Activities