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

Rebuilding Rosie Parks

 
 
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By Don Morfe, November 5, 2011
1. Rebuilding Rosie Parks Marker
Inscription.  Museum craftsmen are restoring this historic skipjack, which was built in 1955 to dredge oysters from the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay.

Why is this skipjack important? The celebrated Dorchester County boatbuilder Bronza Parks built Rosie Parks in Wingate, Maryland, side-by-side with two other skipjack, Martha Lewis and Lady Katie, part of the last wave of skipjack construction in the decade after World War II. Bronza’s brother, Orville Parks owned Rosie and named her for their mother. Orville Parks took immense pride in his boat and raced here in the annual skipjack races at Deal Island and Sandy Point, winning more often than any of his rivals. He worked Rosie every year until his health forced him to sell the boat in 1975, and he died less than a year later. Since then, Rosie has been in the collection of the museum and today is perhaps the skipjack least altered from her original construction.

“I know I can’t quit. I couldn’t lay home with these boats out in the river. When I quit, I’m going to move away from Cambridge so I can’t see the dredge boats”.
—Capt. Orville Parks, 1967,
 
Topics. This historical marker

Rebuilding Rosie Parks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 5, 2011
2. Rebuilding Rosie Parks Marker
is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 38° 47.226′ N, 76° 13.176′ W. Marker is in St. Michaels, Maryland, in Talbot County. Marker is on Mill Street. This marker is located on the grounds of the Chesapeake Maritime Museum. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Too Much of a Good Thing (a few steps from this marker); The Miles River (within shouting distance of this marker); Delaware (within shouting distance of this marker); Bugeyes and Oystering (within shouting distance of this marker); Restoration (within shouting distance of this marker); Last Bell Foundry (within shouting distance of this marker); Edna E. Lockwood (within shouting distance of this marker); Heard Through the Fog (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Michaels.
 
Also see . . .  The Martha Lewis - Chesapeake Heritage Conservancy. (Submitted on December 3, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Additional comments.
1. The Martha Lewis
This sister skipjack is located in Havre de Grace, MD and is used as an educational excursion boat teaching students about
Rebuilding Rosie Parks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 5, 2011
3. Rebuilding Rosie Parks Marker
the Chesapeake Bay and the environment.
    — Submitted December 3, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
 
Rebuilding Rosie Parks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 5, 2011
4. Rebuilding Rosie Parks Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 1, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 341 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 1, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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