Preview: Watercraft of the Chesapeake Bay, Part 1 – Log Canoe & Bugeye

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A visit to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a real treat. It’s packed with the fascinating maritime history of the Chesapeake Bay. So when we had the opportunity to have their chief curator walk us through the best of the collection, we signed right up. We jump right in with a look at a five-log canoe and one of a kind bugeye.

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7 Responses So Far to “Watercraft of the Chesapeake Bay, Part 1 – Log Canoe & Bugeye

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    Aren Carpenter says:

    To Eric and Maynard- I was checking the library hopefully for maybe a video of a New Oleans oyster lugger as described in American Sailing Ships- Charles Davis page 50. Dover publications. Have you covered one of them yet or is there one in a New England collection to visit?- Aren Carpenter, Gloucester Ma

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    Dick Vilamil says:

    When I was a young one – 8-15 years old – we used to visit our grandparents who lived in St. Michaels and although I didn’t go watch, they and my parents used to go watch the Log Canoe races – wish I had gone! I do remember the piles of oyster shells around the oyster canning factory staffed my many residents of St. Michaels (most of whom were descendents of former slaves). Eighteen years later when I took my soon to be wife to St. Michaels to visit my grandmother the factory was no longer in business, the piles of oyster shells were gone and the lighthouse (that used to be out in the bay) was moved to the port as a historic site and we had crabs and oysters on the waterfront deck restaurant that used to be the factory. Now I have to dig out my old photos of the skipjacks that were still fishing boats – not cruisers! Nice to have these memories and your video about St. Michaels really touched my heart for the good old days. Wish I knew then what I know today, 65 years later…..

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    Cap'n Rick Urban says:

    I have been going to the Small Boat Festival since 1974, missed a few years in the 80’s but can’t wait for every October. Never know what the weather gods have in store. Always the same old crew and always something new and unusual. John Ford and his crew do a fantastic job and I even caught him shucking A’rsters last year. A bunch of us get together in the tent for a shanty sing along, not as big as Mystic but lot of fun. I belong to the model sailing club and we race 46″ model Skipjacks 3rd Sunday of every month except winter.

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    Chris Noto says:

    One of my fondest memories on the water is from a fall day, fifteen or twenty years back. My brother Frank and I had crossed the Chesapeake, from Deale, on the west, to St. Michaels, in his nineteen foot Grady-White fishing boat. As we motored up the river to the museum, I saw a big white wooden sailboat at a dock, and, very nearby, a man standing astride a straight tree trunk, which still looked to have most of the bark on it. He was swinging an adze, paring away bark and wood, smoothing and straightening the raw stick. I realized that I was seeing a man making a new mast for that boat. Could she have been the Edna Lockwood? Who knows? Going back there, in memory, I like to think it might be so.

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    Rod West says:

    We have a similar boat here in the Pan Handle of Fla. It is the Gov. Stone and is also a National Historic designation. It docks in Panama City, Fl., staffed by volunteers and taken to various events in the area.

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    Weaver Lilley says:

    In the late 1950’s I had the fortune as a boy of 13 to crew on a “bugeye”, the Dorothy A. Parson out of Hyannis Port MA. She was about 80″ LOA and we cruised Nantucket, Cuttyhunk and the Vinyard. Inspite of her size, she was a centerboarder and due to the rake of her masts a bosons seat could be attached to a halyard. One could then swing in a vast arc athwartship and drop off into the water making a satisfying splash, a fond memory.

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    Glenn Baker says:

    We are lucky to live nearby and visit often by water or road. With new leadership the CBMM has some additional energy and new and expanded programs and is a major part of the community.


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