The log canoe is one of several wooden boats that were designed for use in the Chesapeake Bay and nearby estuaries. These small, shallow-draft sailing vessels were built for fishing and moving cargo between local ports.
As the Chesapeake Bay oyster industry grew, the need for larger and more seaworthy workboats increased. In response, boat builders began building larger and larger craft based on log canoe designs. These new, more seaworthy sailing vessels evolved into the skipjack sailboat.