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St. Michaels in Talbot County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

What is a waterman?

 
 
What is a waterman? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, August 24, 2019
1. What is a waterman? Marker
Inscription.  A waterman harvests fish and shellfish for a living. Each season has its catch to harvest and its gear to prepare.

Watermen and their families have worked on the Bay for hundreds of years. To succeed, they must be flexible. Their living depends on their ability to adapt to variations in the weather, seasonal migration of the catch, and the marketplace.

[Caption:]
Chesapeake Bay watermen Charlie and Patsy Higgs gut bluefish, 1981

[Additional plaque below:]
A waterman's shanty
This building is a replica of a Chesapeake Bay crabber's shanty. Tool shed, work room, and gathering place, it is where he plans the season, prepares gear, tends the catch, tells tales with friends, and, on occasion, just hides out.

"When a man's worked the water all his life, he'll just keep coming back, even if it's to sit around the dock."
Waterman quoted by John Whitehead in Watermen of the Chesapeake.


[Caption:]
Waterman's shanty, Smith Island, Maryland, c. 1985
 
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A waterman's shanty image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, August 24, 2019
2. A waterman's shanty
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
 
Location. 38° 47.307′ N, 76° 13.242′ W. Marker is in St. Michaels, Maryland, in Talbot County. Marker can be reached from Mill Street east of Burns Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 213 North Talbot Street, Saint Michaels MD 21663, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pot Pie Skiff (a few steps from this marker); Martha (a few steps from this marker); Tools of the Oystermen (a few steps from this marker); Old Point (within shouting distance of this marker); Katie G., Deadrise Workboat (within shouting distance of this marker); Winnie Estelle (within shouting distance of this marker); Fishing Shanty/Ark (within shouting distance of this marker); Kennedy M. Fitzgerald (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Michaels.
 
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What is a waterman? and A waterman's shanty image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, August 24, 2019
3. What is a waterman? and A waterman's shanty
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 26, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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