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After more than 15 years in Baltimore and Washington, DC, the historic Chesapeake Bay buyboat, Half Shell, is making her way to Solomons Island. From her new home at No Thyme to Cook (formerly Bowen’s Inn), Half Shell will offer weekly, seasonal all-you-can-eat crab feasts and oyster scalds aboard her deck while cruising the scenic Patuxent River. She will also be available for private charters, school groups, weddings, nautical hayrides, scotch & cigar tastings, wine & beer pairings, and much more.
Restaurants are wonderful, but dining aboard the Half Shell will be a completely unique experience unlike any other in the area. We’re so excited to introduce this beautiful historic boat to the Southern Maryland community.
Built in 1928 in Perrin, Virginia, the Half Shell has been running environmental education tours with the Living Classrooms Foundation for the last 15 years. Just like the Calvert Marine Museum’s W.B. Tennison, the Half Shell is what’s known as a buyboat. Long before tractor trailers took over their job on land, buyboats would purchase (literally “buy”) oysters and fish from watermen as they were working and bring them into port to sell. In between seafood hauls, they were loaded down with watermelons, tomatoes and pumpkins – making their way up and down the Bay. And as large, open decked boats, they’re the perfect choice for recreational cruises. The Half Shell is U.S. Coast Guard certified, 54’ long, and ready to carry up to 42 passengers.