Eastern Shore Sailing Workboats

Chesapeake Bay ⭐ Maryland

Don Barker
Tuckahoe, Maryland
crabskiff@sailingworkboats.es

Boat Yard and Sawmill

Boat Yard and Sawmill

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...

Getting Chapelle Small Craft Plans from the Smithsonian

Getting Chapelle Small Craft Plans from the Smithsonian

The NMAH Ship Plans ListMost of the small craft plans that Howard Chapelle produced from field measurements are in collections of the National Museum of American History.  You can read about the NMAH Ship Plans List and order it here for $30.Contacting the Ship Plans...

Looking for an Eastern Shore Double-Ender

Looking for an Eastern Shore Double-Ender

I was looking for a traditional Eastern Shore crabbing skiff to row on the upper Tuckahoe and Choptank near where I live, and to sail in protected waters. I found the traditional design I wanted in the Smith Island crabbing skiff that Howard Chapelle measured at Deal...

Bronza Parks goes looking for Old-Growth Pine

Bronza Parks goes looking for Old-Growth Pine

Timber for three skipjacks side by sideBronza Parks built skipjacks and hundreds of other sailing workboats at Wingate, Md., from the 1930s through the 1950s. He built his last skipjacks - Rosie Parks, Martha Lewis, and Lady Katie – side by side in 1955-56.  According...

Only four pines are native to Maryland’s Eastern Shore

Only four pines are native to Maryland’s Eastern Shore

We have four pines that grow naturally on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and in lower Delaware – Loblolly, Shortleaf, Virginia Pine, and Eastern White Pine.  Loblolly is by far the most common pine species. Here’s how to tell them apart.

Loblolly Pine in Eastern Shore Sailing Workboats

Loblolly Pine in Eastern Shore Sailing Workboats

Boatbuilders at smaller yards around the Bay, and watermen and farmers building their own skiffs, almost always used local wood.  The most abundant and readily available wood was loblolly.  Loblolly was used almost exclusively for planking, keelson, chine and sheer logs, deck beams, and centerboard cases.  White oak was sometimes used for the stem post, stern post or transom, and frames.

Mockernut hickory down at Pealiquor Landing

Mockernut hickory down at Pealiquor Landing

My friend Phil and I got a call about a big hickory that came down at historic Pealiquor Landing on the Choptank River below Denton. This was a big tree.  You can see it from low-earth orbit.We kept four log sections from going to the firewood pile.  They're over 18...

Native Trees of Caroline County

Native Trees of Caroline County

The best place to learn about trees native Caroline County is Adkins Arboretum.  It's beautiful there. Try out our Tree Map of  Adkins Arboretum.  You can ...   Pan and zoom the map to see trees that have been identified and marked on the map. Zoom close to get...

Native Trees of Maryland

Native Trees of Maryland

Here is our list of 69 most common native trees in Maryland. We got our list from Maryland state manual, Maryland at a Glance.

The Chesapeake Bay sharpie “Caroline C.”

The Chesapeake Bay sharpie “Caroline C.”

“Caroline C.” is a Chesapeake Bay crabbing skiff that we built and launched on the Choptank River at Denton in 2001. She was sailed on the Choptank and Chesapeake before she was restored and moved to a new home in Madison, WI, in 2010.