“Offloading the Skipjack ‘Amy Mister’ “

This painting was the second done at the request of Dorrance Kelly, D.D.S. of Danbury, Connecticut, whose grandfather was Talmadge Mister of Deal Island, Maryland. Dr. Kelly wanted a painting showing his grandfather aboard his skipjack Amy Mister.

In this painting we see the harbor at Knapps Narrows that forms the waterway separating Tilghman Island and the mainland of the eastern shore of Maryland. It is about 1925 and the harbor is busy with various sail and motor craft. These vessels are highlighted by a rising full moon over the Choptank River. The skipjack Amy Mister, dredge number 46, is tied up at the wharf after a day of dredging oysters on the nearby Chesapeake Bay. The crew offloads the catch and transfers it to vehicles for transport to nearby shucking houses under the watchful eye of Captain Talmadge Mister at the helm.

Captain Mister lived on Deal Island, Maryland, south of Tilghman with his family and in addition to Amy Mister, named for his daughter, he also owned another skipjack, Fulton T. Mister and a bugeye ketch, Catherine. These locally built, wooden sailing boats were designed for harvesting oysters from the shallow beds in the bay. At the beginning of the 20th century there were about 1,500 working skipjacks in the region but today their numbers have dwindled to about one dozen at the time this painting was completed. The Amy was built in 1914 at Oriole, Maryland and measured 58 feet in length. The skipjack is the last fishing vessel to work under sail in North America.

The painting is oil on Linen 18” x 34”.  From the Collection of Dr. Dorrance T. Kelly, Danbury, Connecticut. Dr. Kelly wished to have prints made from his painting to share with family members. I arranged to have ten paper and ten canvas giclees made for this purpose.

J. Russell Jinishian who is recognized as the nation’s leading authority on contemporary marine art arranged this commission. His gallery in Fairfield, CT specializes in fine Contemporary and Antique Marine and Sporting Art from Europe and America.



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