Back in 1925, oystermen harvested an estimated 6 million to 8 million bushels of oysters from Chesapeake Bay. That year, the buyboats Nellie Crockett and Agnes Sterling were launched on opposite sides of the Bay — from Crisfield, Maryland, and Amburg, Virginia, respectively. About 5,000 of these boats — deckboats that transferred oysters from smaller boats to wholesalers ashore — were built, making them one of the most prolific working craft ever to ply the Bay.
As boat show season gets underway, the generally positive economic climate in the United States promises to produce a bonanza of new sailboats, with builders seeking to capitalize on market conditions. This is especially true for European manufacturers that are looking to North America to make up for the lackluster performance of their domestic economies, which are continuing to deal with the repercussions of the Greek bailout.
Events promise plenty of great new offerings in power and sail
It was 1966. Finnish boatbuilder Pekka Koskenkylä had asked the New York-based design firm Sparkman & Stephens to draw up lines for an 11- to 12-meter sailboat that was seaworthy and strong enough for bluewater cruising but quick on the racecourse, too. Rod Stephens was in Finland to check on a project that was underway, and he gave Koskenkylä the drawings.
The 131-foot topsail schooner Harvey Gamage is scheduled to put in at Brown’s Boatyard on the island of North Haven, Maine, on Aug. 23 to pick up a half-ton of locally grown produce — grains and beans, mainly — and specialty foods, then sail on to Portland to pick up 9.5 tons more of Maine farm products before sailing to Boston.
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