It’s the beautifully sloped stern of the Hooper Island draketail that sets her apart from other, more angular Chesapeake Bay deadrise workboats.
The elegant stern of the Hooper Island draketail is a unique design feature distinctive to workboats from the Hooper Island area of Chesapeake Bay. Designed in the early 20 century for oyster tonging and trotlining for blue crabs, the vessel has a gracefully efficient shape and a narrow beam.
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Check out Soundings’ story about Pintail, a 25-foot draketail built by shipwrights at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland, which appeared in our June 2017 issue.