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

Bushwack Boat

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, August 24, 2019
1. Bushwack Boat Marker
Inscription.  Bushwack boats were originally used for gill netting shad on the Susquehanna Flats at the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay. Waterfowlers adapted them for use with decoys while hunting ducks. The crouching hunters were hidden from view by a canvas screen while moving the boat downwind toward the birds.

The ducks, startled by the boat, would take off directly into the hunters' line of fire. This boat was built by famed decoy carver James T. Holly of Havre de Grace, Maryland.
Built: 1923, Havre de Grade, MD by James T. Holly and restored by Edward H. Duffy
Length: 17 ft, 5 in (5.33 m)
Beam: 5 ft, 1 in (1.55m)

 
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
 
Location. 38° 47.275′ N, 76° 13.181′ W. Marker is in St. Michaels, Maryland, in Talbot County. Marker is on Mill Street east of Burns Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 North Lane, 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. Sharptown Barge (here, next to this
Bushwack Boat image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, August 24, 2019
2. Bushwack Boat
marker); Merry Widow (a few steps from this marker); Smith Island Crabbing Skiff (a few steps from this marker); Chesapeake Bay Small Craft (a few steps from this marker); St. Michaels Packing Company Warehouse (a few steps from this marker); Tolchester Bandstand (was a few steps from this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ); Tolchester Beach Bandstand (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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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 30 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 26, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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