Deal Island, MD

It's the middle of winter and bitter cold—but that doesn't stop these Chesapeake Bay watermen from dredging for oysters in Deal Island, MD. The tedious and repetitious process of dredging requires hard work, a battling of the elements, and high physical demands over the course of a thirteen hour day. I was lucky enough to venture out with the locals on a Skipjack—a type of boat rarely used for oystering anymore. This vessel is one of the thirty-six remaining traditional Chesapeake Bay Skipjacks and member of the last commercial sailing fleet in the United States.

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