These are the last fishing vessels to work under sail in North American waters. They are called skipjacks and were designed and built expressly for oystering in the shallow water of the Chesapeake Bay. Beginning in the early 1980s I spent much of my winters on the eastern shore of Maryland working with and getting to know these boats. This research was critical to my being able to properly paint them.
This remote area of Maryland was settled by English colonists by the mid 1600s and they brought along their Elizabethan tongue. Even today many of these descendants speak with a dialect all their own. The boats are dredging oysters but the sailors would say they are “drudgin’ arsters”.
This vessel, the Elsworth was the first skipjack I sailed aboard. She was built in Hudson, MD in1901 and still sails with the Echo Hill Outdoor School from Chestertown, MD. I have many fond memories of these times some 40 years ago.
Oil on linen 9” x 12” Framed Overall 15” x 18” SOLD
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