Rebuilding Rosie Parks
Why is this skipjack important? The celebrated Dorchester County boatbuilder Bronza Parks built Rosie Parks in Wingate, Maryland, side-by-side with two other skipjack, Martha Lewis and Lady Katie, part of the last wave of skipjack construction in the decade after World War II. Bronzaís brother, Orville Parks owned Rosie and named her for their mother. Orville Parks took immense pride in his boat and raced here in the annual skipjack races at Deal Island and Sandy Point, winning more often than any of his rivals. He worked Rosie every year until his health forced him to sell the boat in 1975, and he died less than a year later. Since then, Rosie has been in the collection of the museum and today is perhaps the skipjack least altered from her original construction.
“I know I canít quit. I couldnít lay home with these boats out in the river. When I quit, Iím going to move away from Cambridge so I canít see the dredge boats”.
—Capt. Orville Parks, 1967,
Location. 38° 47.226′ N, 76° 13.176′ W. Marker is in St. Michaels, Maryland, in Talbot County. Marker is on Mill Street. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Too Much of a Good Thing (a few steps from this marker); Miniature Skipjack, Spat (a few steps from this marker); The Miles River (within shouting distance of this marker); Hooper Strait Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); How the Screwpile Lighthouse Got Its Name (within shouting distance of this marker); Point Lookout Fog Bell Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); Tolchester Bandstand (within shouting distance of this marker); Deflecting the Enemy (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Michaels.
Also see . . . The Martha Lewis - Chesapeake Heritage Conservancy. (Submitted on December 3, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
1. The Martha Lewis
This sister skipjack is located in Havre de Grace, MD and is used as an educational excursion boat teaching students about the Chesapeake Bay and the environment.
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 1, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 298 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 1, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.