New Jersey’s official Tall Ship, the A.J. Meerwald is a restored oyster dredging schooner whose home port is in Bivalve, Commercial Township, N.J.
Launched in 1928, the ship was one of hundreds of schooners built along South Jersey’s Bayshore before the decline of the shipbuilding industry, which coincided with the Great Depression.
Today, the vessel is used by the Bayshore Center at Bivalve for onboard educational programs in the Delaware Bay near Bivalve, and at other ports in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware region.
The A.J. Meerwald was added to the National Register of Historic Places on Nov. 7, 1995.
The ship is expected to arrive in Greenport Thursday, July 2. It will be available for tours each of the festival’s four days.