Bay Workboats

Bay Workboats (HM25ZN)

Location: Annapolis, MD 21403 Anne Arundel County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 58.156', W 76° 28.605'

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Over the past 400 years, distinctive types of boats were developed for seafood harvesting and shipping on the Bay.

Native Americans made the first dugout canoe from a hollowed-out log. The earliest English boat builders, called "boatwrights", shaped 3-to-7 large logs and fastened them together to build simple, seaworthy boats like the bateau, log canoe, and the brogan.

As the demand for oysters grew in the 1900's, larger boats were built for longer range and bigger loads. Three designs of this period were the bugeye, the pungy and the skipjack. The skipjack was of frame and plank construction which was easier and less costly than log construction.

Nearly 1,000 skipjacks worked the Bay. The decline of oysters due to disease, pollution and over-harvesting and the relatively short life of untended skipjacks led to a rapid decline in their numbers. Today less than a handful are still active. They represent the last fleet of working sailboats in America.

Smaller, engine-powered workboats, known as "deadrise", are what most watermen operate today as they harvest oysters, clams and crabs. Hand-built wooden workboats are being replaced by molded fiberglass hulls which cost more but are easier to maintain.

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1600 Dugout
1700 Bateau
1800 Log

1810 Brogan
1850 Bugeye
1875 Pungy
1880 Skipjack
1900 Deadrise
1910 Draketail
1925-Present Tonger/Dredge
HM NumberHM25ZN
Placed ByAnnapolis Maritime Museum
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Date Added Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 at 10:05am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 372067 N 4314403
Decimal Degrees38.96926667, -76.47675000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 58.156', W 76° 28.605'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 58' 9.3599999999999" N, 76° 28' 36.3" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443, 703, 240, 301
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 133-199 Bay Shore Ave, Annapolis MD 21403, US
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