OWNER/CAPTAIN: Wade H. Murphy, Jr.
LENGTH STEM TO STERN: 53 ft, 2 in
BEAM: 17 ft
DRAFT: 4 ft, 6 in
DRAFT WITH CB DOWN: 9 ft, 7 in
Savor the flavor of the nineteenth century as you
step aboard the REBECCA T. RUARK.
Built in 1886 on Maryland's Eastern Shore by Moses Goheigan, she came alive
during the glory days, a time when the pursuit of oysters by dredge boats
on the Chesapeake had assumed all the frenzy of the California Gold Rush.
Oyster captains ruled the waves. They and their crews were tough, nature-loving
men who eaked out a living during harsh winter conditions, dredging for
oysters under sail. One hundred eleven years later Rebecca
continues the winter dredging tradition and remains the Queen of the fleet
of skipjacks, North America's last working sailboat.