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Last buyboat to ply Chesapeake Bay

Jerry Pruitt captains the Delvin K., Chesapeake Bay's last working oyster buyboat.

Located near the Maryland-Virginia border, many of Tangier Island's 525 residents work on the water.

From December through February, Pruitt spends five days a week hauling oysters 16 miles across the bay to Reedville, a small town on the Great Wicomico River. The job, a buyboat captain, was once commonplace. No more.

"He's the last one doing this," said Wayne Campbell, a truck driver for Bevans Oyster Co., one of three Northern Neck seafood dealers that Pruitt sells to. "He's kind of like a dinosaur, I guess."

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