Chesapeake Bay Skipjacks

By: Pat Vojtech

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Chesapeake Bay Skipjacks documents the skipjack and its role in the oyster dredging industry, describing the natural and manmade disasters that affected the industry, including the August storm of 1933 that swept vessels ashore into pastures, the ice that locked them in harbor for months at a time and led to the novel idea of dredging through the ice with sleighs and later cars and trucks, and the Great Depression that crushed the oyster market overnight and forced many to abandon their vessels and their way of life. By talking to survivors, Vojtech recreates the last moments of some of the worst incidents in dredging history, including the day in 1939 when nine men died on the Choptank.

The author interviewed some thirty captains, former captains, and relatives of the men who worked the boats, to recreate events that took place between 1917 and 1993. The early years were reconstructed by research of Maryland dredging records and newspaper accounts.

Title: Chesapeake Bay Skipjacks

Author Name: Pat Vojtech

Categories: SR,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing: December 1993

ISBN Number: 0870334514

ISBN Number 13: 9780870334511

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Collectible - Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 20100730104664

Description: Book is clean and tight. A stated First Edition Has minor shelf wear.