Too Much of a Good Thing

Too Much of a Good Thing (HM15S5)

Location: St Michaels, MD 21663 Talbot County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 47.232', W 76° 13.176'

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Chesapeake waterman used all these tools to harvest oysters. This hardware tells a story of human ingenuity and greed.

Hand tongs, in use since the early 1700s, extended human reach to oysters too deep to gather by hand. A hundred years later, dredges—so efficient they had already scraped clean the oyster bars in Long Island Sound—arrived on the Bay from New England. But still some oysters remained too deep for tonging and legally off-limits to dredges. With the invention of mechanical patent tongs in 1887, oystermen harvested these protected oysters too.

To learn more about the depletion of the Chesapeake oysters and the men who used these tools, visit the Oystering on the Chesapeake exhibit.

HM NumberHM15S5
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Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 12:56pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 394075 N 4293868
Decimal Degrees38.78720000, -76.21960000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 47.232', W 76° 13.176'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 47' 13.92" N, 76° 13' 10.56" W
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Area Code(s)410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 North Ln, St Michaels MD 21663, US
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