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Near Sherwood in Talbot County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Chesapeake Bay Skipjack Fleet

 
 
Chesapeake Bay Skipjack Fleet Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, August 8, 2010
1. Chesapeake Bay Skipjack Fleet Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
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 Road (Maryland Route 33) and Camper Circle, on the right when traveling south on Tilghman Island Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sherwood MD 21665, United States of America.
 
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
Wide view of the Chesapeake Bay Skipjack Fleet Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, August 8, 2010
2. Wide view of the Chesapeake Bay Skipjack Fleet Marker
Located on Tilghman Island Road, in the background the Knapps Narrows Bridge is raised to allow a sailing vessel to navigate the Narrows between the open waters of the Bay and the safe harbors of Tilghman Island.
away); St. Michaels (was approx. 7.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ); This Cannon (approx. 7.3 miles away); Frederick Douglass (approx. 7.3 miles away); Under Fire (approx. 7.4 miles away); Maritime Legend #21663 (approx. 7.4 miles away); Captain John Smith's Shallop (approx. 7.5 miles away); Navy Point Historic Houses (approx. 7.5 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Skipjack, Maryland State Boat. 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.) 

2. Chesapeake Bay Skipjack Fleet National Register of Historic Places - Nomination Form. (Submitted on August 10, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
3. Rebecca T. Ruark (Skipjack) National Historic Landmark Nomination. (Submitted on August 10, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
<i>Thomas W. Clyde</i> image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, August 8, 2010
3. Thomas W. Clyde
Built in 1911, this skipjack is docked at Dogwood Marina on Tilghman Island. The sailing vessel is now used for tourist cruises. Often docked near the Thomas W. Clyde is the National Historic Landmark-listed Rebecca T. Ruark.
Detail of the bow of <i>Thomas W. Clyde</i> (1911) image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, August 8, 2010
4. Detail of the bow of Thomas W. Clyde (1911)
Aft view of the <i>Thomas W. Clyde</i> (1911) image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, August 8, 2010
5. Aft view of the Thomas W. Clyde (1911)
The detail of the wheelhouse and deck are shown with the push boat tied to the back of sailing vessel.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 627 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 10, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photos of one of the remaining skipjacks while under sail. • Can you help?
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