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Bugeye
Bay Workboats
Key Features:An enlarged, decked log canoe 40 feet or longer, with living quarters for crew and a fixed rig. An exaggerated clipper bow was typically ornamented with carved and gilded or painted trailboards. Later examples were built using conventional plank-on-frame methods and sterns varied from the traditional sharp stern to round and transom versions. Bugeyes were usually rigged as a ketch with sharp-headed sails on raking masts, but some carried a gaff schooner rig with a single jib, and a few were rigged as skipjacks, with a single mast.
Period of Use:c. 1870 to 1960s
Use:Oyster dredging; general freighting
Interesting Facts:The bugeye was the Chesapeake’s quintessential oyster dredging vessel, preferred by many watermen for its economy, capacity, and sailing qualities. The origin of the name bugeye is obscure. One theory is that it derives from the Scottish buckie, meaning oyster or oyster shell.
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