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.
Oyster dredging; modern uses includes carrying passengers for day excursions.
Always considered the ugly ducklings of traditional Chesapeake Bay sailing craft, skipjacks are now celebrated as an official symbol of the State of Maryland.