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Friday, June 15, 2012

Classic Nautical T-shirts by Skipjack


Skipjack's new "Don't Give Up the Ship" nautical T-shirt.
New from Skipjack in celebration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. Skipjack's new "Don't Give Up the Ship" T-shirt with graphic artwork on back designed after a Bellamy carved eagle and in celebration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 with the famous quote by Captain James Lawrence. The front is non-pocketed and features the Skipjack Nautical Wares logo. Available in three colors; patriot red, navy blue and driftwood grey. Men's sizes medium through 2XL. Skipjack's Nautical Apparel.

Tradition has it that Captain James Lawrence said these heroic words after being mortally wounded in the engagement between his ship, the U.S. frigate Chesapeake, and HMS Shannon on 1 June 1813. As the wounded Lawrence was carried below, he ordered "Tell the men to fire faster! Don't give up the ship!"

Although Chesapeake was forced to surrender, Captain Lawrence's words lived on as a rallying cry during the war. Oliver Hazard Perry honored his dead friend Lawrence when he had the motto sewn onto the private battle flag flown during the Battle of Lake Erie, 10 September 1813. 

 Skipjack's new "Don't Give Up the Ship" T-shirt  in patriotic red,  driftwood grey and  navy blue.

Skipjack's "UNDERWAY" classic nautical T-shirt.

By popular demand-  Skipjack has brought back its classic "Underway" nautical T-shirt in red, white and blue in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812. Available in100% cotton pre-shrunk garment-dyed T-shirt in sun-bleached red and Olde Towne blue and our standard T-shirt in white featuring the Skipjack "Underway" silkscreen design on the back and the Skipjack Nautical Wares logo on the front.

Great for fun in the sun. The racing Skipjack nautical  embroidered short sleeve T-shirt.
Featuring our original "Racing Skipjack" embroidered logo design on 100% super soft, breathable cotton except heather gray which is 90% cotton and 10% polyester.Comfort cuffs that hold their shape, built to minimize shrinkage. Skipjack Nautical Apparel.

Our embroidered "Racing Skipjack" nautical T-shirt.
Complete your great nautical look with Skipjack's top selling nautical code signal flag belt in red, white and blue. This cotton web ribbon belt for all seasons has full grain drum-dyed leather billet and buckle ends accentuated by the solid brass buckle. This belt is available with your choice of white, red or navy webbing as a background to the signal flag ribbon. MADE IN THE USA! Skipjack Nautical Apparel.

Nautical code signal flag belt and matching key fob.
Skipjack has also added a selection of nautical hats for fun in the sun- perfect for days on your boat or out on the town.  Our lightweight Boonie hat is a great choice for warm days out on the boat or just to shade your face and head. The microfiber material is rated at 50+ UPF protection. Trim: 3 1/2 inch brim, chin cord, antique brass grommets and mesh lining. Available in khaki, olive and navy in sizes medium, large and x-large. Skipjack Nautical Apparel.

Our lightweight Boonie hat is a great choice for warm days on the boat or out on the town. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

OpSail 2012 Virginia Brings Tall Ships & Special Events

Hampton Roads is featuring an extraordinary event for the United States of America and the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, the writing of the Star Spangled Banner, planned together with the spectacle of OpSail 2012. OpSail 2012 Virginia is collaboration between Operation Sail Inc. (OpSail) national, the United States Navy, Norfolk Festevents, Portsmouth PortsEvents, and the 36th Annual AT&T Harborfest events, and hundreds of national, state and local organizations

June 8-10, 2012, the Port of Virginia will once again host an impressive fleet of tall ships, navy and military war ships representing the world. OpSail 2012 Virginia and Harborfest is planned to illuminate the community with spectacle and festivity, and will place our Commonwealth front and center on the world stage.

Tall ship 'KALMAR NYCKEL' will be participating in OpSail 2012 and along the
Portsmouth, Virginia waterfront. Photo by Joe Elder.
This will truly be a memorable maritime event, with exciting activities taking place throughout the region. OpSail 2012 Virginia is a $65 million production, projected to have an attendance of 1.5 million people during the 12 days. In addition, 4000 U.S. and foreign officers, cadets, crew and diplomats will be in town. Though the largest concentration of the ships will be available for boarding along the Norfolk waterfront, the City of Portsmouth will host the tall ship 'GAZELA' located next to the High Street Landing and in front of Skipjack Nautical Wares as well as the tall ships "HMS BOUNTY' and 'KALMAR NYCKEL' just a short walk down the seawall at Ocean Marine. Also, the USCG Cutter, the 'WILLIAM TATE' will docked along the seawall near the High Street Landing.

The tall ship 'GAZELA' will be next to the High Street landing and in front of
Skipjack Nautical Wares during OpSail 2012. Photo by Joe Elder.

Some of Skipjack's marine artists will be on hand, Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 to demonstrate different maritime skills, such as scrimshaw carving, knot-tieing, wood carving and other sailor and folk art skills. Selected work of art celebrating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 will also be on display during this spectacular event.

Original 19th century folk painting of "the Battle of Lake Erie" is part of Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Galleries annual folk art show titled "DON''T GIVE UP THE SHIP" celebrating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and OpSail 2012 Virginia. Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Gallery is located on Portsmouth, Virginia's waterfront next to the High Street Landing. Photo by Joe Elder.

OpSail 2012 Virginia is the perfect opportunity to visit Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Gallery where you'll discover one of the finest collections of marine artwork, nautical antiques and decor, Chelsea marine clocks, authentic ship salvage, nautical lamps, lighting and furnishings, marine instruments as well as our own Skipjack Nautical Wears yachting apparel and jewelry. Skipjack is also the best place for nautical gifts too!

Skipjack's "Underway" Garment-Dyed Short Sleeve T-shirt in Red or Blue.
New for OpSail Virginia and in celebration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. Skipjack's new "DON'T GIVE UP THE SHIP'  cotton T-shirts in Red, Navy and ash grey. All standard sizes available. Great for father's Day too!

For a listing of OpSail 2012 Virginia events to be held along Portmouth's downtown/Olde Towne seaboard, go to . For information about OpSail 2012 Virginia, go to

The tall ship 'KALMAR NYCKEL' during the parade of sail. Photo by Joe Elder.
We hope that you will come and be a part of this historical maritime event. While you are in the area, please stop by and peruse through our exceptional new art and diverse nautical inventory. We wish you fair winds and following seas. From the staff at Skipjack.

Skipjack nautical Wares & Marine Gallery is an Official OpSail 2012 Virginia Certified Business.