‘F.D. Crockett’ open for tours at Oyster Festival
by Bill Powell
The classic log-hulled buyboat “F.D. Crockett” will be on display and available for tours this weekend at the 54th annual Urbanna Oyster Festival. The 62-foot, 87-year-old, nine-log bottom buyboat, one of only three log-hulled buyboats still floating, will be on display at the Urbanna Town Marina at Upton’s Point on Friday and Saturday, November 4-5.
A six-year labor of love by the Deltaville Maritime Museum, John England and volunteers from the museum’s boat shop, the Crockett is in her last stages of restoration. Finishing touches have been put on her pilot house and cabin, the hatches and waist have been finished, the forepeak access scoop has been installed and the Crockett’s crew has made major inroads in the finishing out of the forepeak. The forepeak cabin housed the berths and living area for the two crew members who, with the captain, worked the Crockett during her heyday.
John and Vera England, and volunteers from the Maritime Museum will be aboard the Crockett for tours and questions during festival hours Friday and Saturday and can be viewed from the dock Thursday evening. The Crockett also will have aboard information about the museum, its 2012 schedule, and signup information for the museum’s 2012 Family Boat Building Week.
“We have taken a lot of time and care to restore the Crockett to the way she was when her captain and crew were working her full time,” said Crockett project manager John England. “We have been very true to the history and have added no frills. We want everyone to be able to experience the Crockett as she was when she was a workboat, to be able to get a feel for what it was like. The Crockett was not a yacht, she’s a workboat.
“We are pretty much down to the details now, but there are a lot more details to go,” said England. “Much time is now spent on painting and maintenance. Are there any good painters out there who would like to volunteer? We could sure use them.”
For those of you interested in the complete restoration history, access the F.D. Crockett blog. For more information about the Deltaville Maritime Museum and all the things it does, including the Crockett, visit deltavillemuseum.com.
Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park is a non-profit organization at 287 Jackson Creek Road and on Mill Creek. Turn right off Route 33 across from the Shell Station to get there.
Holly Point Nature Park, the Pierwalk and all other outside exhibits, gardens and facilities are open dawn to dusk throughout the year, except during pre-announced private events.
To find out more, email or call 776-7200.