This year’s Watermen’s Appreciation Day t-shirts, and only a partial list of events!

WAD T-Shirt Boat Docking Contest WAD 2016 T-Shirt White Boots and Bushel of CrabsCheck out this year’s t-shirt design from CrabiGras!! These are hot! And they’ll be on sale ONLY at Watermen’s Appreciation Day! Get yours before they sell out! Awesome stuff!

A partial list of all of the things that will be happening this year at Watermen’s Appreciation Day:

10a – Gates & CBMM Exhibits, Kids activites, food, crafts open
Anchor Toss Competition
10a-12p –  Mark Potter of 94.3 WINX-fm Broadcasting LIVE
Pre-ordering for Crabs
11a-3p – Boat Docking Contest
12p-5p – Crabs!! (or until they’re gone)
12p-? Bird Dog & The Road Kings (Live Music from the Bandstand)
3p – Awards
4:30 – Silent Auction ends

Much, much more happening all day! Also our friends Josh & Casey will be joining us, and a couple of their big old Pacific Crabs, steaming them up, and showing us how to pick and eat their crabs!

Also, don’t forget, you can beat waiting in line by getting your tickets online through the CBMM website – follow this link:

Admission to the 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. event includes the boat docking contest, celebrity appearances, Buyboat reunion, and live music at $18 for adults, and $8 for children 6-17, with all children five years of age and under admitted free. CBMM members along with licensed watermen and their immediate families get discounted admission at $10 per adult, and $6 per children ages 6-17. Admission can be purchased online in advance on this page, with tickets also sold at the door the day of the event. Steamed crabs, beer, and additional food and beverages will be available for purchase. Please NO PETS or alcohol to brought to this event.


Buy your tickets online!!

Check out the schedule of events, prices and more info… The countdown is ON!

2016 Watermens Appreciation Day Poster - MWB

2016 Crab Prices are in!!!

Talbot Watermen Association, Inc. is proud to announce that crabs this year will be $25 per dozen!  You can also pre-pay for your crabs from 10am – 12pm on August 14th at either of the two crab tents at CBMM. Crabs will be served beginning at 12pm. We are selling crabs by the dozen to reduce the waste we have experienced in past years.

Also, just announced, Bird Dog & The Road Kings will be our musical guests!

2016 Watermen’s Appreciation Day Sponsors

We want to thank all of those who have generously contributed thus far to our annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day! We still have sponsorships available, and we are looking forward to seeing your name on this list too! Want to contribute? Contact us!

Gold Sponsors

  • Bay Hundred Seafood
  • Chesapeake Landing Restaurant
  • Good Times Catering
  • Higgins Crab House
  • Kelly Distributors
  • Preston Ford

Silver Sponsors

  • Bridges Automotive
  • Chesapeake Bay Outfitters
  • Daffin Marine
  • Deadrise Maritime
  • GLR Home Improvements
  • Kastel Brothers
  • Hopper’s Crab House
  • P&M Hydraulics
  • P.T. Hambleton Seafood
  • Pier Pressure
  • Shore Bancshares
  • West and Callahan

Bronze Sponsors

  • Aqua Pools
  • Bartlett, Griffin & Vermilye, Inc.
  • Bay Pilot Capt. Schulte
  • Baxter Soft Crabs
  • Bramble Auto Body
  • Bridges Land Management
  • Campbell’s Boat Yard
  • Captain’s Ketch
  • Carpenter Street Saloon
  • Composite Yacht
  • Crab Claw Restaurant
  • Duvall Brothers
  • Paul T. Ewing
  • Ferry Point Marina
  • Five Gables Inn & Spa
  • Fluharty Electric
  • Greg Phillips Painting
  • J.G. Homeworks
  • Kleppinger Electric
  • Kool Ice & Seafood
  • Mary Bryan Graphic & Web Design
  • Miles River Marine
  • Miller Auto Body
  • Old Line Fish Co.
  • Phil Wilson Painting
  • Pixel, Print & Post
  • Chris Spurry
  • Schuman’s Cleaning Service
  • Shore Power & Restoration

We have a variety of sponsorship levels available, Gold, Silver and Bronze available. Please contact us if you would to help sponsor this year’s event.

Next Meeting for Talbot Watermen’s Association

Next meeting is one week early on August 07,2016 at Chesapeake Landing. We will be one week away from the Watermen’s Appreciation Day and we are calling all volunteers to attend this meeting! We’ll be finalizing all of the details and making sure we are ready to put on the year’s biggest event! The meeting is at 7am and breakfast will be served.

More about Casey and Josh – this year’s guests at Watermen’s Appreciation Day 2016!

We are very excited to have Captains Casey and Josh join us at the 2016 Watermen’s Appreciation Day! Here is a little more information about both of them. We hope you are looking forward to meeting them as much as we are!

Casey McManus Captain/Owner, F/V Cornelia Marie

Deadliest Catch Casey 2016

Captain Casey McManus has spent the last two decades in the commercial fishing industry. As a third generation fisherman, Casey started gillnetting with his father at just 5 years old. By 14 years old he was fishing commercially.

Casey earned his engineer’s license at 21 years old which is when he also started running commercial fishing vessels. He has had a long standing career with Trident Seafoods and has worked aboard several of their catcher vessels as well as the Billikin.
During the off season, Casey also worked as a port engineer for Trident. By the age of 29, Casey had his Master’s license and in 2013 Casey took over as the Captain of the F/VCornelia Marie. He later became part owner.
Casey has spent the last 3 years at the helm of theCornelia Marie fishing for King, Opilio and Bairdi Crab. He also runs the boat for salmon tendering in the summers. As part owner, Casey is heavily involved in all aspects of keeping the vessel fishing year round.

Josh Harris Captain/Owner, F/V Cornelia Marie

Deadliest Catch Josh 2106

Fishing runs deep in the Harris family history. Josh’s grandfather, Grant Harris, was a commercial fisherman as was his late father, Captain Phil Harris.

Josh started fishing commercially at the young age of 10 years old. He spent his time gillnetting and started tendering when he was 15. At the age of 18 he joined the crew of the Cornelia Marie as he started his career as a crab fisherman. In 2013 Josh became co-owner of the F/V Cornelia Marie.
You can find Josh fishing for King Crab, Opilio Crab, Bairdi Crab in the winter and salmon tendering in the summers. Josh has completed his schooling for his captain’s license and is now working on taking over as a full time captain.

Watermen’s Appreciation Day 2016 – All you need to know is right here!

Just announced!! Join Celebrity Captains Josh & Casey of the Cornelia Marie at this year’s Watermen’s Appreciation Day!!

The Talbot Watermen Association is bringing the 7th annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Sunday, August 14, 2016 starting at 10am.

Deadliest Catchs Josh and Casey 2016Josh Harris and Casey McManus will be at this year’s Watermen’s Appreciation Day!

They will be signing autographs, bringing silent auction items, meeting and greeting guests!

Deadliest Catch Josh with Crab 2016

Josh and Casey will be bringing one of the crabs they catch, steaming it and showing how to eat it.

Want to learn more about Josh and Casey? How they got into Crabbing? We have the story!

The gates to this year’s event open at 10:00am, with all of the exhibits at the Museum, along with vendors and food being ready for you to join them for a day of fun and appreciation for our Watermen.

In addition to meeting Josh and Casey, other events to look forward to in this year’s Watermen’s Appreciation Day, will be the World Famous Boat Docking contest, steamed crabs and other food, live music, beer, family activities, children’s on-the-water activities include a Pot Pie skiff rowing competition, with prizes awarded, and more.

This year, during Watermen’s Day, CBMM hosts the 12th Annual Chesapeake Bay Buyboat Association’s reunion, August 12-14. This is a rare opportunity to see and board, stand on the decks, chat with the owners and  understand the Buyboats’ importance in history.

Buyboats—including CBMM’s Winnie Estelle—were used to haul seafood and cargo along Chesapeake Bay waterways before many of the Bay’s peninsulas were connected by bridges. As the seafood harvest declined and highways became the mode of travel, the large graceful buyboats faded from local waters, leaving no more than 30 of the oyster buyboats remaining on the Bay.

Boat Docking contestStarting at 11:00am, Boat Docking contest returns to the Miles River to its expanded location under the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse. Bleacher seating will be provided for spectators to the contest. “The boat docking contest is a major draw for this event,” said TWA President Bunky Chance. “Last year, we relocated the contest to the Lighthouse, giving spectators a larger, better vantage point while giving our boats more space on the water.”

Starting at noon, the day’s catch of steamed crabs—served by watermen—will be available for purchase, in addition to beer, water, soda, hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, and more. Also beginning at noon, live music from the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand will have people tapping their toes and dancing along CBMM’s waterfront.

Crabs at the Watermens Appreciation DayBe sure to check out this year’s silent auction, with Chesapeake-related items available to the highest bidders, including work by noted Chesapeake artist Marc Castelli. Our celebrity guests, Josh and Casey will also be bringing items to this year’s event. The auction takes place in the Small Boat Shed, with bids taken until 4:30 p.m., and all proceeds supporting the Talbot Watermen Association.

Throughout the day, festival-goers can get an up-close view of CBMM’s floating fleet of historic Chesapeake vessels, including the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, a registered National Historic Landmark whose log-hull is under restoration now through 2018. During the festival, guests will also have full access to CBMM’s 12 exhibition buildings, including the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse.

“Watermen’s Day is an annual favorite among locals and guests alike,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “You can meet many of the watermen who work to bring seafood to tables across the region, while having a great time celebrating the Chesapeake in such an incredibly authentic way. And this year, we are honored to welcome the Chesapeake Bay Buyboat Association to CBMM.” The event is hosted by TWA in cooperation with CBMM, with proceeds benefiting both organizations.

Dozens of CrabsAdmission to the 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. rain or shine event includes the Chesapeake Bay Buyboat Reunion, boat docking contest, celebrity appearances, and live music at $18 for adults, and $8 for children 6-17, with all children five years of age and under admitted free.

CBMM members along with licensed watermen and their immediate families get discounted admission at $10 per adult, and $6 per children ages 6-17.

Regular admission and CBMM Member tickets can be purchased online at, with tickets also sold at the door the day of the event.

Discounted watermen’s tickets will be available at the door the day of the event, with an active watermen’s license shown. Boat rides, steamed crabs, beer, and additional food and beverages will be available for separate purchase.

Free event parking will be available at St. Michaels High School, with complimentary shuttle service to CBMM running throughout the day.

For safety reasons, non-service dogs need to be kept home during CBMM festivals, including Watermen’s Appreciation Day. Leashed dogs are only permitted on CBMM’s campus during regular operating hours. Carry-on alcohol from dock or land is prohibited.