St. Michaels in Talbot County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Smith Island Crabbing Skiff
Smith Island watermen used boats like this to sail to their crabbing grounds, where they caught soft crabs with a dip net. Although engine-powered boats appeared in the area around 1907, sailing skiffs such as this continued to be used in the commercial crab fishery until World War II.
Later in life, this skiff was used for pleasure and was later found stored in a Pennsylvania barn. She has been restored to her original configuration, including the green deck paint.
Smith Island crabbing skiff, c. 1925. Collection of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, MD. Gift of Chester Marron, 2007-7-1.
Built: c. 1925, Smith Island, MD
Length: 18ft, 11in (5.5m)
Beam: 6 ft, 1in (1.85m)
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 38° 47.273′ N, 76° 13.192′ W. Marker is in St. MichaelsTouch 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. Chesapeake Bay Small Craft (here, next to this marker); St. Michaels Packing Company Warehouse (here, next to this marker); Sharptown Barge (a few steps from this marker); Bushwack Boat (a few steps from this marker); Kennedy M. Fitzgerald (a few steps from this marker); Fishing Shanty / Ark (a few steps from this marker); Tolchester Beach Bandstand (a few steps from this marker); Merry Widow (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Michaels.
More about this marker. [Caption:] Crabbing skiffs sailing into Neavitt, Maryland c. 1949 by Louis J. Feuchter. Oil on canvas, 21 in x 27 in (54 cm x 70 cm). Courtesy of The Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Virginia.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 26, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Last updated on October 25, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 26, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.