By David A. Berry
were sufficiently big to be dangers to navigation. In 1884, fifteen million bushels of oysters have been harvested and shipped worldwide. The skipjack used to be the proper vessel for crusing into the Chesapeake Bay�s shallow waters and dredging for oysters, and every wintry weather, enormous quantities of those wood craft set out around the bay�s chilly waters. The oyster inhabitants of the twenty first century is a fragment of what it as soon as used to be, and the skipjacks have disappeared in addition to them. not economically conceivable, the boats were left to rot within the marshes alongside the bay. in basic terms 25 boats are nonetheless operational, and less than 5 nonetheless dredge.
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Maryland's Skipjacks (Images of America) by David A. Berry