National Geographic : 1939 Sep
Photograph by H. Robins Hollyday THE ERA OF SAIL HAS NOT PASSED ON THE CHESAPEAKE-OYSTER DREDGERS MAY NOT USE POWER Maryland and Virginia conservation laws prohibit the use of powered craft when dredging from public oysterbeds. As aresult, commercial sailing vessels are still common sights on these waters and such distinctive craft of the region as the Bay schooner (two left center), the bugeye, with two raked masts (upper center), and the skipjack, with single raked mast (foreground), have been preserved. These vessels are sailing slowly back and forth across the beds off Poplar Island, dragging big wire-mesh scoops over the bottom to scrape up the oysters. It was such a fleet of oystermen that putafinish tothe pirate Cap'n Kim Caleb (page 373).