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Brice N. Stump
Photo Journalist

    See skipjacks and their crews like you’ve never seen them before as, pictured through the lens of award-winning photographer and writer Brice Stump. With more than 650 photographs and 350 pages, this hardback book is the first of its kind ever published about the iconic Chesapeake Bay skipjack. Photographs are presented entirely in black and white, a medium that lends itself so well in visually telling the story of the skipjack, designated Maryland’s official state boat in 1985. For almost a century, skipjacks have been featured in black and white photography and the tradition continues!
   Deal Island is home to six skipjacks, more than any other place in the world. Meet the captains and crews of the island’s Kathryn, Fannie L. Daugherty, Somerset, City of Crisfield, and Helen Virginia. See the Minnie V, built in 1906 in Wenona, the sixth skipjack that has just joined the fleet. Take a close look at other skipjacks from Dorchester and Talbot counties that worked an oyster dredging season out of Deal Island.
   The smallest skipjack working the Chesapeake Bay is the Curlew III, at just 34-feet long on deck. The Ada Fears, the second smallest at 35-feet, six inches, is unique for it’s custom-made dredging rig, and the Lady Katie has returned to the bay after undergoing more than a decade of restoration.
   Take a look back at the work that goes into maintaining these precious few surviving boats and the events associated with island skipjacks.
   Discover why the Ida May is so special, see the mast that fell out of a skipjack and totaled a captain’s truck. Investigate the mysterious disappearance of skipjack crewman Clifton Benton, and the curious tale of a captain’s false teeth — lost in the Chesapeake Bay — and how they were found 11 years after they plopped overboard.
   Meet the woman who has painted the Somerset each year for almost 40 years. Find out why skipjacks haven't routinely dredged with sails for more than 15 years. Learn the function of a pushboat and feel the cold winter wind as crews dredge oyster rocks in Tangier Sound. See what a day aboard a skipjack is like for the crew as they work almost non-stop for 12 hours.
   Take a look at three teen-agers pulling up a 350-pound dredge by hand after the antique winders onboard broke. Pulling a dredge by hand has never been photographed before.
   Discover why Pete Lesher, chief curator of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., calls this book “a work of art.”
This Christmas, give a gift of Eastern Shore maritime history like no other — Working Skipjacks of Deal Island!


   "This Christmas give a special and unique gift showcasing a world-famous Chesapeake Bay legacy — Working Skipjacks of Deal Island."

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Working Skipjacks of Deal Island

Skipjacks like you've never seen them before!

  • Featuring over 650 images
  • A 350 Page Inside Look at this Unique Culture
  • Never Before Photographed Scenes
  • Working Events and More!



The Perfect Holiday Gift!

$52.95 price includes MD sales tax