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059-5013 F.D. Crockett (log deck boat)

F.D. Crockett (log deck boat)
Photo credit: David Moran, ca 2011

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VLR Listing Date 06/21/2012

NRHP Listing Date 08/22/2012

NRHP Reference Number 12000544

The F.D. Crockett is a Poquoson-style log-hulled deck boat consisting of nine logs. It was constructed in 1924 and is one of only two large log deck boats still in existence that was built specifically for an internal combustion engine. It is also the only one with its original log bottom and the only one remaining in Virginia. Alexander Gaines, one of the last traditional log boat builders in the Middlesex County area, built the F. D. Crockett during a period when watermen on the Chesapeake Bay were turning away from sail to engine-powered boats of plank and frame construction, although traditional log-built boats were sturdier than the plank and frame ones of the time and could better withstand storms and heavy seas. The F. D. Crockett is representative of the Tidewater region’s tradition of log boat construction, which extends back to the dugout canoes Virginia Indians built.

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: October 28, 2021