Navy Yard in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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.
Gross Tonnage 23 tons
Erected by Living Classrooms Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Industry & Commerce • Sports • Waterways & 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. 99M (within shouting distance of this marker); 1221 Van (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Yards Park (about 300 feet away); Nationals Park (about 300 feet away); Audi Field (about 300 feet away); Dock 79 (about 300 feet away); Radio Towers (about 300 feet away); USDOT (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Navy Yard.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 15, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 139 times since then and 3 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.