Eastern Shore Sailing Workboats

Chesapeake Bay ⭐ Maryland

Don Barker
Tuckahoe, Maryland
crabskiff@sailingworkboats.es

Lumber for Eastern Shore Crabbing Skiffs

Plank, Scantlings, Spars, and other Lumber Dimensions from the Chapelle PlansI got hold of three excellent loblolly logs - 22 inches in diameter and 14 feet long, perfectly straight.  Before milling these, I wanted to know what are the most common dimensions for...

Launch Days at Wingate

Launch Days at Wingate

The Bronza Parks Boatyard Tours – 1950-1956Wingate, MarylandPilgrimage to Wingate B.M. Parks, Designer of Better Boats B.M. Parks, Builder of Better Boats Bronza's Craftsmen Launch Days at Wingate Bronza's Clients & Neighbors Bronza M. Parks (1900-1958) was a...

Pilgrimage to Wingate

Pilgrimage to Wingate

The Bronza Parks Boatyard Tours – 1950-1956 Wingate, Maryland Pilgrimage to Wingate B.M. Parks, Designer of Better Boats B.M. Parks, Builder of Better Boats Bronza's Craftsmen Launch Days at Wingate Bronza's Clients & Neighbors Bronza M. Parks (1900-1958) was a...

B.M. Parks, Designer of Better Boats

B.M. Parks, Designer of Better Boats

The Bronza Parks Boatyard Tours – 1950-1956Wingate, MarylandPilgrimage to Wingate B.M. Parks, Designer of Better Boats B.M. Parks, Builder of Better Boats Bronza's Craftsmen Launch Days at Wingate Bronza's Clients & Neighbors Bronza M. Parks (1900-1958) was a...

B.M. Parks, Builder of Better Boats

B.M. Parks, Builder of Better Boats

The Bronza Parks Boatyard Tours – 1950-1956Wingate, MarylandPilgrimage to Wingate B.M. Parks, Designer of Better Boats B.M. Parks, Builder of Better Boats Bronza's Craftsmen Launch Days at Wingate Bronza's Clients & Neighbors Bronza M. Parks (1900-1958) was a...

Bronza’s Craftsmen

Bronza’s Craftsmen

The Bronza Parks Boatyard Tours – 1950-1956 Wingate, Maryland Pilgrimage to Wingate B.M. Parks, Designer of Better Boats B.M. Parks, Builder of Better Boats Bronza's Craftsmen Launch Days at Wingate Bronza's Clients & Neighbors Bronza M. Parks (1900-1958) was a...

Bronza’s Clients and Neighbors

Bronza’s Clients and Neighbors

The Bronza Parks Boatyard Tours – 1950-1956Wingate, MarylandPilgrimage to Wingate B.M. Parks, Designer of Better Boats B.M. Parks, Builder of Better Boats Bronza's Craftsmen Launch Days at Wingate Bronza's Clients & Neighbors Bronza M. Parks (1900-1958) was a...

Smith Island Double-Ender – “Kakie B”

Smith Island Double-Ender – “Kakie B”

Half-Scale Model at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Philip Merrill Environmental Center I'm always keeping an eye out for double-ender Smith Island crabbing skiffs.  Plans and offsets for this style of traditional sailing workboat are found in Howard Chapelle's...

“Cinnamon Girl” – The Last Two-Sail Crabbing Bateau

“Cinnamon Girl” – The Last Two-Sail Crabbing Bateau

In August 2021, my son Nathan and I took yet another walk through the small craft collection at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels.  Nathan was visiting from Madison, WI, where he maintains and sails his own crabbing skiff. Outside the small...

Watermen’s Tabernacle

Watermen’s Tabernacle

A device for stepping a heavy mast single-handedWhen I was looking for the right design for the boat I would build and sail when I'm approaching age 70, I was concerned about my ability to raise a tall and heavy mast single-handed up onto the thwart or deck, balance...

18 ft Two-Mast Sharpie – Chapelle’s Own Design

18 ft Two-Mast Sharpie – Chapelle’s Own Design

Plans in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Collection Howard Chapelle documented and published plans for dozens of Chesapeake Bay and Eastern Shore sailing workboats.  In a 1956 issue of Boats magazine, he published his own design for a 14 ft. Chesapeake sharpie with...

Sharptown Barge Plans and Offsets

Sharptown Barge Plans and Offsets

Plans and Exhibit in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum CollectionSail and rowing craft designed and built for the abundant shad fishery of the 19th century were used in several regions throughout the Chesapeake Bay.  The Sharptown Barge was developed as a sailing and...