city of crisfield skipjack

Chesapeake Bay skipjacks are among the last working sailing vessels. These rugged wooden sailboats were conceived and built by local watermen for use in harvesting oysters. They are defined by a single mast, mainsail-jib sail configuration, shallow draft hull, and low deck.

A few of the last surviving skipjacks have been restored and remain in service or on display at regional museums. One of the best places to see Chesapeake Bay skipjacks up close is at the annual Deal Island Md Skipjack Race and Festival.