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Peggy Sunday Cruises 2021
Register now for select Sundays, Sept.-Nov.

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 Raffle: Tickets Available Now!

100% of funds raised benefit Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, Gloucester, VA. Drawing will be held at Riverside's Festival of Lights celebration in Dec.

Want to purchase tickets online? Use Riverside Foundation's payment portal. For every $5 donation, 3 tickets will be entered in your name. Select the amount, the payment method, and then “Model Boat Chance Drawing – Benefiting Walter Reed” under the donation credit menu.

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Donor Boats for Sale

  • Mike O'Brien 6 hour canoe,
  • Chrysler Mutineer, w/sails
  • 2010 Old Town, Loon 138,

Boatbuilding Then & Now

Can you help us identify boat builders of Mathews, VA? We have: Brown, Colvin, Deagle, Diggs, Hudgins, Klingel, and Schlenk.

You can join us every Sat. from 9-12 for current boatbuilding projects! Come on by and lend a hand.

DVDs, Books & More

Peggy caps, new and used books available. Visit the Museum Gift Shop in person or online.

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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Volunteers Wanted

  • Join us every Sat. from 9-noon at our Gwynn's Island Boat Shop to help or 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.

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.
Purchase DVD

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

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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