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Mildred Belle

 
 
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Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, February 15, 2018
1. Mildred Belle Marker
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Mildred Belle is an authentic Chesapeake Bay "buy boat" operated by Living Classrooms Foundation. Buy boats are an important part of. the Bay economy. They serve as "middlemen" on the bay, purchasing fish, crabs, and oysters directly from the fishing vessels working under sail, and then transporting the catch to market. This allows the sailing fleet to continue to work

Originally built in Odd, Virginia in 1948, Mildred Belle worked the Bay for many years hauling fish, crabs, and oysters to market, dredging for crabs in the winter, trawl fishing and even pioneering sport fishing off the Virginia Capes and Cape Hatteras, NC. Having been rebuilt and certified to carry passengers, she continues to work the Chesapeake Bay, sailing as a "living classroom" for the Living Classrooms Foundation. From March until November, she runs single day and weeklong educational programs with students of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. These programs provide students with unique hands-on learning opportunities and focus on the history, economics, and ecology of the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay.

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Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, February 15, 2018
2. Mildred Belle Marker
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54'
Gross Tonnage 23 tons
Draft 4'5"
Beam 15'

 
Erected by Living Classrooms Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationIndustry & CommerceSportsWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1948.
 
Location. 38° 52.364′ N, 77° 0.027′ W. Marker is in Navy Yard in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of Anacostia Riverwalk Trail and 4th Street Southeast on Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1492 4th Street Southeast, Washington DC 20003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. River Revival (within shouting distance of this marker); The River in Focus (within shouting distance of this marker); Radio Towers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lumber Shed - Movement of Materials (about 400 feet away); Boiler House (about 400 feet away); Crane Runway (about 400 feet away); The Lumber Shed Building (about 400 feet away); USS Balao (SS-285) (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Navy Yard.
 
Mildred Belle Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, February 15, 2018
3. Mildred Belle Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 13, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 15, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 198 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 15, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Nov. 30, 2022