The Meerwald was one of hundreds of Delaware Bay schooners that worked the region’s oyster industry. She is a product of the shipbuilding industry in South Jersey that was once a mainstay of the local economy. Today, she is listed on the National and New Jersey Register of Historic Places, and in 1998, Governor Christine Todd Whitman signed a bill officially declaring her New Jersey’s Tall Ship.
The Bayshore Discovery Project has authentically restored the 115 foot, 65 ton, 1928 oyster schooner. Built by Charles H. Stowman & Sons in South Jersey specifically for dredging oysters from the shallow Delaware Bay, she now offers the opportunity to sail back in time to the turn of the century.
It’s new role as an educator, the Meerwald sets sail seven day a week to instruct school children and adults on the culture, maritime history, rich natural resources and environmental challenges of New Jersey’s coastal waters.
The future of the Estuary is in the hands of our young people. The Bayshore Discovery Project creates a legacy of stewardship through diverse, intellectually vigorous education programs.
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