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Skipjack
Bay Workboats
Key Features:An enlarged bateau about 25 to 60 feet long, built in deadrise or V-bottom fashion with a clipper bow. The rig was usually one raking mast, but occasionally two, with sharp headed sails and a single jib.
Period of Use:1890s to present in Maryland; not used after the 1920s in Virginia. Most were built c. 1896 to 1915, but a few were built in recent decades.
Use:Oyster dredging; modern uses includes carrying passengers for day excursions.
Interesting Facts:Always considered the ugly ducklings of traditional Chesapeake Bay sailing craft, skipjacks are now celebrated as an official symbol of the State of Maryland.
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