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Buyboat Rendezvous coming to Deltaville

The buyboats in Urbanna in 2006

by Bill Powell
Events Director
Deltaville Maritime Museum

The Deltaville Maritime Museum’s restored log buyboat F.D. Crockett will be one of 12 historic buyboats visiting Deltaville on August 6-7. These vanishing watercraft will leave Urbanna on Monday, August 6, and make a 3-hour run to enter Fishing Bay. The buyboats can be seen docked at Fishing Bay Marina and Chesapeake Boat Works. 

Those wishing to tour the boats should attend the Buyboat Reunion in Urbanna August 4-5.

Many thanks to the Farinholt Brothers for their hospitality for dockage on Fishing Bay.

Once, hundreds of these versatile, floating “16 wheelers” of their day plied the Chesapeake, moving freight, dredging, fishing and hauling seafood. Today there are less than 30 left still active in the Bay.

Other buyboats currently signed up to attend  the Urbanna “Homecoming” and then head down to Deltaville include: F.D. Crockett, Deltaville Maritime Museum; Peggy, Mathews Maritime Foundation; Muriel Eileen, Georgetown, Md.; Nellie Crockett, Georgetown, Md.; East Hampton, Chester River, Md.; Thomas J., Rowles Wharf, Md.; Samuel Bailey, Bushwood, Md.; Propwash, Dumfries; Linda Carol, Bavon; 55th Virginia, Urbanna; and Joy, Wanchese, N.C.

Motor launch Shadow Fay, Urbanna, and deadrise Sheer Delight, Poquoson, will also attend.

The following vessels will be in Urbanna, but not continue on the tour: Elva C., Reedville Fisherman’s Museum; P.E. Pruitt, Rock Hall, Md.; Veteran, Urbanna; and Emmet H., Winter Harbor, Mathews.

The Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park will host a welcome reception for the captains and crews on Monday, August 6, from 5-7 p.m.

Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park, a volunteer, non-profit organization, is located in Deltaville at 287 Jackson Creek Road, and by water on Mill Creek. To get to the museum and park, follow Route 33 (General Puller Hwy.) through Deltaville and turn right across from the Citgo service station onto Route 660 (Jackson Creek Rd.). The park is open dawn to dusk all year.

To find out more about the museum, visit You may also email the museum office at , write to P.O. Box 466, Deltaville, VA 23043, or call the office at 804-776-7200.

posted 07.26.2018

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