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2003
Volume 2, Number 1
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A CENTURY OF SKIPJACKS
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An oyster dredge boat, a skipjack, under sail. A skipjack captain yells to his crew to bring up the dredge.

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Every autumn and winter, for a hundred years and more, they harvested this Chesapeake -- watermen by the tens of thousands on workboats by the hundreds.

Watermen haul up a dredge full of oysters.

NARRATOR
(continuing)
On huge double-masted schooners and bugeyes and pungys, and on smaller, dirty-white sloops they called skipjacks.
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(continuing)
In Maryland they called this work drudgin' -- and they still do.

A slow tour around the skipjack under sail.

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(continuing)
With single masts and shallow drafts and iron dredges, skipjacks are still hauling up a harvest of oysters --

Watermen on deck throw a dredge overboard. It disappears underwater.

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(continuing)
but now it's a dwindling harvest and hardly anyone builds skipjacks anymore.

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