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Posted on: July 2, 2017

Name the City Boat Contest! Get Involved!

building boat 2Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides invites residents to help name the city’s boat, which will be used for educational and recreational purposes.

After meeting John Harris, the owner of Chesapeake Light Craft, Mayor Pantelides was enthusiastic about building a boat that could help him tell the story of Annapolis’ proud Maritime history.  Back in September of 2016, Mayor Pantelides built a Northeaster Dory, an enduring vessel with its popularity going back 150 years.

“I had a blast building the boat by hand as a number of individuals and groups joined in to help, including Boy and Eagle Scout Troop 771, local business owners, nonprofit organizations, and those working in the Maritime Industry,” Mayor Pantelides said.  “From the first timber, John Harris and I agreed this boat was the city’s boat and should be used for future enjoyment and education. However, everyone knows that a sea-worthy vessel needs a name.”


Legend has it that naming a boat has been a necessary practice of voyagers for more than a thousand years.  Early on, boats were named after gods, goddesses or saints hoping that good fortune would accompany them. Since then, names have evolved to include cities, companies, numerous acronyms, and children’s names.  

So now it’s up to you, to be a part of Annapolis’ proud Maritime and Marine tradition and help name the boat.  Come up with a name that represents our city, the Maritime and Marine trade, and the impact the industry has had on our city over the years.  Send your choice of a suitable name to by August 29th.

Anyone who submits a suitable name will be eligible for a drawing to go on a boat ride with Mayor Panelides and the person who submits the winning name for the boat will be included in the promotional materials and part of the dedication ceremony.

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