Last night I was the guest of Gail aboard the Skipjack Ruark.
She is docked at Dogwood Harbor, located on Tilghman Island, MD
A NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK
Skipjack Rebecca T. Ruark
is the oldest working skipjack on the
Chesapeake Bay, built in 1886.
Capt. Wade H. Murphy enjoys telling nautical tales and
ecology stories during the sail.
The big day ... is just a few weeks away.
About the REBECCA T. RUARK
Savor the flavor of the nineteenth century as you step
aboard the REBECCA T. RUARK.
Built in 1886 on Maryland's Eastern Shore by Moses Goheigan,
she came alive during the glory days, a time when the pursuit
of oysters by dredge boats on the Chesapeake had assumed
all the frenzy of the California Gold Rush.
Oyster captains ruled the waves.
They and their crews were tough, nature-loving men who
eaked out a living during harsh winter conditions,
dredging for oysters under sail.
One hundred eleven years later Rebecca continues
the winter dredging tradition and remains the
Queen of the fleet of skipjacks, North America's last working sailboat.
Pencil stetch ... The Tilghman Island Yacht Club
... Up, Up & Away ...
The sails being hoisted.
Gail opens the first bottle of champagne.
Captain Wade sharing facts & telling stories about the days of old.
We had an excellent time
and I personally would like to thank Gail
for including me in this special night
with the ladies of the Fun Bunch.
Mr. Osprey ... we just may stop by again.