The Mildred Belle is another boat in the fleet of the Living Classrooms Foundation. A traditional Chesapeake Bay Buy Boat, she once cruised up and down the bay to purchase oysters, crabs and fish directly from commercial fisherman.
The Mildred Belle was purchased from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum by the Living Classrooms Foundation in 1988 and is used for student education and exploration of the mighty Chesapeake.
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Built in Virginia in 1948, she remains in relatively great shape. Here is an excerpt from the "Mildred Belle's Facts" document found on the Living Classrooms Foundation site.
"Her first owner, Capt. Garland “Porgy” Evans, used it for many different purposes. Capt. Evans often brought his daughters, Mildred Lee and Hattie Bell on his expeditions. Porgy’s grandson, John “Sonny” Hanson, was born the same year Mildred Belle was built and began to accompany his grandfather on board at the early age of two. Sonny was practically an “old hand” by the time he was eight years old as he helped crew aboard whenever he could – especially when school was out each summer."
I love these old vessels and the history they represent. There seems to always be a fascinating story to be told. Just as important, this vessel provides a great opportunity for students to learn about the bay.
I took this shot at the tail end of the morning Blue Hour.
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