Building Out Dickerson Harbor

Building Out Dickerson Harbor for Grand Banks Yacht Repair and Chesapeake Bay Winter Storage

Getting Ready: the site work involved a lot of earth moving!

Through careful planning and the help of a talented contractor named Bucky Osmond, the Dickerson Harbor capabilities were increased

Bucky Osmond

When the harbor had been dredged and upgraded, over 100,000 cubic yards of dredge spoil was left behind. This dirt was leveled and moved across Trappe Landing Road to construct a substantial berm to further isolate the harbor from wind, weather, and noise.

This picture shows the north side of the Dickerson building and the edge of the dredge spoil site, surrounded by a large perimeter of berms.

In 1989 the Maryland Legislature passed the “Critical Areas Legislation.” Dickerson Harbor itself is a very sensitive site with its wetlands. The creek and all the species of plants and rare birds that dwell here are sensitive. There was a 15,000-gallon tank farm that held the heating oil used to power the 1,000,000 BTU furnace needed for fiberglass molding by the Lippincotts. The furnace and tanks were removed once they no longer were needed for operations. Dickerson Boatbuilders had two 500-gallon fuel tanks that held diesel and gas for boats in the marina. Both these underground tanks were removed. There were a few barrels of resin in the marsh, ancient houses in disrepair, a sunken garden, and other discoveries to be cleaned up.

Today, we burn waste oil from engine servicing in our specialized heaters to heat the indoor boat storage areas in the winter. We have diesel fuel for our equipment and boats delivered by truck, and there is no need for underground tanks

This building was hidden in the trees. In 1993, it was determined by local farmers, contractors, and historians to predate the cannery by 100 years.

The sheds and propane tanks were removed for the construction of the GB49/EB55 building.