While covering a story about oyster restoration, we came upon a bit of Chesapeake history — one of the remaining skipjacks.
Skipjacks are wooden sailboats that are used for dredging oysters from the Chesapeake Bay. They’ve fallen out of favor, though, and only a handful remain as working boats. A few more are used for private sails or educational purposes.
The other day, I saw the Rebecca T. Ruark, which is the oldest skipjack still in the fleet, built in 1886. It looked like Capt. Wade Murphy had her out for a tour. It was nice to see her under sail.