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Working the water with photographer Jay Fleming

baywatch_flemingThe first few times I worked with photographer Jay Fleming, I began to toy around with the possibility that he might be a vampire. “Meet me at my place at 4 a.m.,” his text read after I asked him to tag along for a story I was writing about a World War II ship graveyard off the Potomac River.

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My hopes and dreams for the coming year

bb_ethanolThe cover date of the Soundings issue you’re reading is January 2017. As I write this, I wonder where 2016 went, a question that pops up frequently as I age. To figure that out, let’s revisit a few Bay topics from the past 12 months and make a Bottom of the Bay “Hopes and Dreams List” for 2017.

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Edna E. Lockwood: last of her kind

lockwood1You’d have a tired bottom, too, if yours were 127 years old. That’s the case with the Edna E. Lockwood, an historic, log-bottom Chesapeake Bay sailing bugeye that’s getting a new lease on life at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland.

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Can an oyster shooter burgee be a flag of convenience?

Initially, our plan to move to the Bottom of the Bay included residency here primarily in the spring and fall, with long stays aboard our Bristol 41.1, Skylark, in Maine during the summer and somewhere warmer in the winter. The financial collapse of 2008 eliminated that as a retirement plan and set me on my current career as a year-round yacht broker and resident of Portsmouth, Virginia, with just a short jaunt back to Maine in the summer.

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Restoration saves the last of the log-built buyboats

crockett_baywatchThe buyboat F.D. Crockett was in sad shape. Built in 1924 by Alexander Gaines with a Lathrop gasoline engine, she began her career moving cargo along the creeks and rivers of Virginia’s Tidewater peninsula and was later adapted for use as a dredge boat, harvesting oysters and crabs on Lower Chesapeake Bay.

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