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Gwynn’s Island boat builder, Gilbert Klingel,
featured in the April 2021 issue of 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..."

Model Deadrise Boat Raffle: Update

Get your raffle ticket to win this 1/12 scale model deadrise work boat built by MMF Director Don Good. The model is on display at our museum, and will be traveling to other events around town. 100% of funds raised are going to Riverside Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester, VA, and will provide an outdoor rest area for the hospital staff. Drawing to be held at the hospital's Festival of Lights celebration in Dec.

For the latest updates and photos of the build, visit us on Facebook.

Donor Boats for Sale

  • 1963 Lightning, beautiful
  • 1985 Oday 31, Universal Diesel,
  • 2005 Seaward, Chilco, 18.5'

DVDs, Books & More

We've added caps to our online inventory - choose between Peggy of New Pt and Mathews Maritime Foundation.

Boat Builders of Mathews

Can you help us identify boat builders of Mathews from the last century? We want to capture their stories before they are gone!

Our county, Mathews, VA, produced ships until the 1860’s and then smaller vessels. Although we have some records of the builders, your first-hand accounts would help fill in the gaps.

Museum Artifacts & More

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

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

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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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

Purchase the DVD online

Volunteers Wanted

  • 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.

Contact us to volunteer and for more information.
  • 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.

Mathews Maritime Museum
482 Main St.
Mathews, VA 23109

Fridays & Saturdays, 10am-2pm

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(804) 725-4444


Mailing address:

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

Gwynn's Island Boat Shop
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