Somewhat recently I shared a brief story about and old friend we came across while out on the Chesapeake Bay fishing during the Spring of 2014. We had not seen this friend in quite a few years and we all felt like it was fate that brought us all together once again. That old friend, a fishing boat once owned by a gentleman who was truly a near and dear friend for decades.
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.
The Cindy Marie, one of the traditional fishing workboats styles seen all over the Chesapeake Bay is also known as a deadrise workboat.