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066-5049 Claud W. Somers Skipjack

Claud W. Somers Skipjack
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VLR Listing Date 03/16/2005

NRHP Listing Date 10/07/2005

NRHP Reference Number 05000526

The Chesapeake Bay’s once lively skipjack fleet, which numbered 600 to 700 boats in the last half of the 19th century, now has only five working boats. The Claud W. Somers Skipjack typifies the design of these boats, which resulted from the need for a sail-powered oyster-dredging vessel that was capable of maneuvering in shallow areas of the bay. The Reedville Fishermen’s Museum in Northumberland County restored the Claud W. Somers, which was built in 1911 and donated to the museum in 2000, where it is docked and used to educate visitors and for short instructive cruises.

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

Updated: March 21, 2021