Near Sherwood in Talbot County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Chesapeake Bay Skipjack Fleet
North America’s last sail-powered commercial vessels, skipjacks were developed nthe Chesapeake Bay Region around 1890 to dredge oysters from the bottom of the bay. A boom in the oyster industry began after the Civil War, as innovations in packing and transportation opened a national market. An estimated 2,000 skipjacks were built in the region in before World War II: changing technology and declining oyster harvests reduced the dredging fleet to fewer than a dozen by the year 2003. The skipjack is designated Maryland’s state boat, and the fleet is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The oldest, Rebecca T. Ruark, built in 1886, has been named a National Historic Landmark.
Erected by Maryland Historical Trust, Maryland State Highway Administration.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
Location. 38° 43.274′ N, 76° 19.877′ W. Marker is near Sherwood, Maryland, in Talbot County. Marker is at the intersection of Tilghman Island Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sherwood MD 21665, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. British Occupation (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Michaels (approx. 7.2 miles away); Maryland National Bank Building (approx. 7.2 miles away); Lewis Tarr House (approx. 7.3 miles away); This Cannon (approx. 7.3 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.3 miles away); Frederick Douglass (approx. 7.3 miles away); Under Fire (approx. 7.4 miles away).
Also see . . . Skipjack, Maryland State Boat. Maryland at a Glance website entry:
Skipjacks are the last working boats under sail in the United States. In winter, fleets of skipjacks used to dredge oysters from the floor of Chesapeake Bay. "Drudgin," as watermen called this process, was hard, cold, dirty, sometimes dangerous work. (Submitted on August 10, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 8, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 10, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 750 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 10, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. 3. submitted on March 4, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 10, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.