Winnie Estelle

When I visited St. Michael's earlier this year and stopped by the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, one of the historic boats that captured my attention was the Winnie Estelle, a 1920s Chesapeake Bay buy-boat. A buy-boat, as the name implies, is used to buy and sell seafood. These vessels would travel up and down the Chesapeake Bay and buy oysters and others seafood directly from harvesters.

Today, the Winnie Estelle provides daily cruises and charter service along the Miles River on Maryland's Eastern shore. She had just joined the floating fleet of the CBMM on my visit there, as seen below.

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This is the first shot I took of the Winnie Estelle. I have this thing about bow line shots for some reason. :-) Focusing on the near portion of the bow line assisted in creating a shallow depth of field.

The shot below provides a better view of this historic Chesapeake Bay workboat, now approaching the century mark in a hand full of years.

I love these old wooden watercraft and it is comforting to know that many are preserved for various reasons, notwithstanding the rich history associated with most. There are large storage barns on this property that show many of the boats undergoing various stages of restoration. Let's take a quick peek inside one below.

These storage barns have a lot of historic items in them, some set up as exhibits. Each item has a plaque with a bit of historic information on it. We'll have a closer look at some of those in a future post.

In closing, I'll share one last image of the Winnie Estelle, taken from the wrap-around deck of the historic Hooper Strait Lighthouse which was built in 1879.

From this perspective you can see just how busy this museum's boatyard is. Note the two ship's bells on stands in the upper right portion of the frame. They were recovered from historic ships that sailed the high seas. Oooh, the stories that can be told from the thousands of historic items here. :-)

Anyhow, I hope you enjoyed this quick look around the CNMM's yard and the Winnie Estelle.

Until next time, stay creative!