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Solomons in Calvert County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Oyster Skiff

25' 8' 2'

 

Flat Bottom

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, August 30, 2019
1. Oyster Skiff Marker
Inscription.  This large, flat-bottom, oyster-tonging skiff was built by Ruby Dixon at Olivet, Maryland, in 1948. From 1959 until its donation in 1990, the skiff was owned by Melvin Owen Grover who used her to hand-tong for oysters in the Patuxent River. The boat is in the style of the local "taking-up skiff," used to tong seed oysters planted on the leased beds. She is currently fitted with a converted 1957 Chevrolet six-cylinder truck engine.

Restoration of the Grover skiff was made possible thanks to funding provided by Mrs. Ruth G. Dixon, Mrs. Eva Squires, and Mr. Melvin Grover.
 
Erected by Calvert Marine Museum.
 
Location. 38° 19.883′ N, 76° 27.832′ W. Marker is in Solomons, Maryland, in Calvert County. Marker can be reached from Solomons Island Road South (Maryland Route 2) just south of Thomas Johnson Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14200 Solomons Island Road South, Solomons MD 20688, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Potomac River Dory Boat Let's See (here, next to this marker); Leatherbury Sailing Bateau
Oyster Skiff Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, August 30, 2019
2. Oyster Skiff Marker
(here, next to this marker); Sewell Draketail Workboat (here, next to this marker); Jolly Boat (here, next to this marker); Benning Crab Skiff (here, next to this marker); Colonial Dugout or Punt (Reproduction) (a few steps from this marker); Two-Log Canoe Bar Dog (a few steps from this marker); Jenkins Creek Crab Scrape Geda (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Solomons.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 31, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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