Half Shell Adventures

All Aboard!

At Half Shell Adventures, we offer seasonal seafood cruises, private charters, special event cruises, happy hour specials, and more!

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What We Do

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Public Special Events

Half Shell Adventures is quickly becoming a hallmark of the Southern Maryland community, offering regularly scheduled Happy Hour cruises, crab and oyster feasts, and more! Learn more about how you can hop aboard the Half Shell by checking out our calendar of upcoming events. 

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Crab & Oyster Feast Cruises

Partnering with local caterers and watermen, Half Shell Adventures accommodates a variety of tastes by offering a diverse menu of appetizers, soup & salad, and -- of course -- fresh seafood! 

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Private Charters

Whether you are planning a bachelor party, ladies' night, corporate networking event, or are simply looking for a fun and unique way to spend an evening on the water with your friends and family, Half Shell Adventures is your new go-to for a unique venue that guarantees a good time had by all!

 

History

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After more than 15 years in Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC, the historic Chesapeake Bay buyboat, Half Shell, has made her way to Solomons, MD.

Built in 1928 in Perrin, Virginia, the Half Shell operated for over 70 years as a buyboat -- similar to the W.B. Tennison at Calvert Marine Museum -- a type of wooden fishing vessel indigenous to the region. Buyboats got their name because they would buy the catch from skipjacks or crab dredging boats, and then sell the catch at market. In between seafood hauls, they were loaded down with watermelons, tomatoes and pumpkins – making their way up and down the bay. Half Shell spent most of her career transporting crabs and oysters from the lower Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, but she also used mechanized tongs to catch oysters on her own.

In January of 2001, Half Shell was acquired by Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region to be an educational vessel for the communities of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers.

Half Shell Adventures acquired Half Shell in November 2017 and she has since been serving as a unique vessel for recreational cruises. The Half Shell is U.S. Coast Guard certified, 54’ long, and ready to carry up to 42 passengers.

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