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Skipjack : the story of America's last sailing oystermen

Author: Christopher P White
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In this portrait of a vanishing American tradition, Christopher White paints a picture of the life on a "skipjack"--A vintage wooden sailboat employed for dredging oysters since the nineteenth century - as seen through the eyes of North America's last sailing fishermen. With the boats now sequestered on a mere two islands in the Chesapeake Bay and the nation's greatest estuary - once renowned for its oysters,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher P White
ISBN: 9780312545321 0312545320 9781442210882 1442210885
OCLC Number: 317928895
Description: 372 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Contents: A waterman's summer --
At the races --
November, Howell Point --
The water trades --
December, Gum Thickets --
To the shucking house --
January, Six Foot Knoll --
The oyster wars --
February, the Deep --
The second death --
March, Black Walnut Sands.
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In Skipjack, Christopher White spends a pivotal year with three memorable captains as they battle man and nature to control the fate of their island villages and oyster fleet. Through these lively  Read more...

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[An] evocative portrait of the nation's most beautiful and poignant vocational anachronism. It's an action-packed tale, complete with waterborne grudge matches, on-deck shootouts, fierce winter Read more...

 
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