|Skipjacks are vessels of a vanishing fleet, the nation's last to work under sail. Dredging for oysters from November through March, these watermen are dependent upon the weather:
ICE, COLD, WET, and WIND.
But Capt. Wade loves it.
"There's nothing prettier than to dredge under sail, when there's oysters to catch and you have a good crew."
|REBECCA IN THE MORNING ICE. SHE IS THE OLDEST IN THE FLEET, BUILT IN 1886.|
|REEFING DOWN THE MAINSAIL BECAUSE OF TOO MUCH WIND|
|ON A GOOD DAY THE CREW CAN CATCH ABOUT 80 BUSHELS OF THEIR 150-BUSHEL LIMIT. YOU SEE SOME 35 BUSHELS HERE.|
|FROM SUNRIS TO SUNSET, REBECCA HAULS OUT THE PRIZE OF THE CHESAPEAKE--THE OYSTER. JOIN WADEY FOR A WINTER DAY DRUDGIN' OR A SUMMER DEMONSTRATION.|