**Wednesday, 24 March
Monmouth Beach Cultural Center
“Silent Maid” is a catboat designed for use in the Barnegat Bay. The original boat was the B-class champion there in the late 1920’s and continued on as a cruising boat for another 75 years. John described the history of these boats and what went into recreating this very special example of the type.
John Brady is the director of the Independence Seaport Museum's Workshop on the Water. He has been building boats professionally for 25 years, focusing his efforts on the boats of the Delaware Valley and New Jersey Shore. Some of the boats he has built include the pair of sandbaggers “Bull” and “Bear” and the A cats “Tamwock,” ”Vapor,” “Spy,” “Torch” and “Spyder.”
Current projects at the Workshop are the restoration of the 1928 Ventnor Boat Works' 26' speedboat “Misleading Lady” and preparing the “Silent Maid” for a tour of New Jersey and New England next summer.