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Buyboat fleet open for tours Friday and Saturday

About 20 buyboats will be open for tours from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, August 2-3, at the Urbanna Town Marina at Upton’s Point. Most of the boats will arrive on Thursday, August 1.

The northern and southern fleet of the Chesapeake Bay Buyboat Association will gather in Urbanna on Friday and Saturday, August 2-3, to celebrate the 10th annual Buyboat Rendezvous.

Coordinator Bill Hight said 20 boats are expected to attend the event at the Urbanna Town Marina at Upton’s Point, which is at the foot of Virginia Street. Most of the boats will arrive Thursday, August 1, and will be open for public tours from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, August 2-3.

Early Sunday morning the buyboats will sail for Poquoson, which is the second stop on the annual event.

Attending this year’s Buyboat Rendezvous in Urbanna will be Nellie Crockett, F.D. Crockett, Winnie Estelle, East Hampton, P.E. Pruitt, Prop Wash, Ellen Marie, Muriel Eileen, Bessie L., Thomas J., Elva C., Dudley, Emmett H., Samuel Bailey, 55th Virginia, and others.

Activities on the waterfront will include lunch food provided by the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department on Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Crown Donuts of Heathsville also will be at the event serving donuts and other breakfast items.

The buyboat association will sell 2013 rendezvous t-shirts that will feature a drawing of the buyboat East Hampton.

Larry Chowning, author of Chesapeake Bay Buyboat, the definitive book on the history of buyboats, will be selling this book along with his other books. Signatures in Time-A Living History of Middlesex County, Va., a history of Middlesex County published in 2012, also will be on sale.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 07.31.2013

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