On Maryland’s Eastern Shore and in Delaware before 1940, the sawmill and the boat yard were never far apart.  Sometimes they operated in the same space.

The boatwright knew his local sawyer by name.  They sometimes walked through the woods together looking for trees to fell and mill for the boat taking shape down by the water.

Nowadays, my friend Phil saves logs from cleared lots and mills pine, oak, and other hardwoods at Quartersaw Mill.  I use air-dried lumber from the mill to build traditional Chesapeake Bay crabbing skiffs.

Abbott’s Shipyard on the Mispillion in Milford, Delaware, in the 1890s.
Sawmill operating in the shipyard was typical of large shipbuilding operations.
(Photo from Delaware Public Archives)