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VIDEO: Workboats Of The Chesapeake

Skipjacks racing on Labor Day weekend off Deal Island, Maryland.

Skipjacks racing on Labor Day weekend off Deal Island, Maryland.

Braving the weather and the tides, Chesapeake Bay watermen rely on sturdy workboats to deliver the Bay’s abundant finfish and shellfish to market. Buyboats, skipjacks, bugeyes and draketails are just a few of the vessels used to harvest fish, crabs, oysters, clams and other seafood from the Bay.

This video has more about the history of Chesapeake Bay workboats:

Life as a waterman is rarely glamorous, but most of them wouldn’t have it any other way. Photographer Jay Fleming’s article and photography in Soundings’ October 2017 issue sheds light on the hardscrabble lives of the Bay’s watermen and the boats they use to make a living.  




VIDEO: A Bird Nerd’s Heaven

The Chesapeake Bay isn’t just a destination for boaters, it’s also a major stopover for birds migrating the Atlantic Flyway. Find out which species you might see on your next Chesapeake Bay boating trip by watching this video. WATCH


Bottoms Up!

Shipwrights at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland, are more than halfway through their restoration of the bugeye Edna E. Lockwood. The work to date included handcrafting an entirely new bottom for her out of several pine logs. This video has an update on the project. WATCH


Edna Takes Flight

Watch as Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum shipwrights crane the topsides and deck of the 128-year-old bugeye Edna E. Lockwood atop her newly constructed log bottom. WATCH.


VIDEO: Graceful Elegance: The Hooper Island Draketail

It’s the beautifully sloped stern of the Hooper Island draketail that sets her apart from other, more angular Chesapeake Bay deadrise workboats.


Wet Work in The Chesapeake

The skipjack workboat was developed in the late 1800s as the successor to the larger schooner-style bugeyes that were used to harvest oysters under sail in the 19th century.


VIDEO: The Bay’s Tastiest Critter

Crab season opened earlier this month on Chesapeake Bay, and while recreational crabbers won’t hit the water for at least another month, commercial watermen are already busy rigging up and working their crab pots. This video shows how a professional waterman harvests these cantankerous but delicious crustaceans. WATCH


Diving For Dollars

For residents of Chesapeake Bay, October is more than just the month to celebrate Halloween — it also marks the start of the annual oyster harvest. Watch as watermen get a jump on the season by scuba diving for these tasty bivalves. WATCH.