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‘F.D. Crockett’ to be at Urbanna Oyster Festival

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Above, Doc Hogan, Chuck McGhinnis and Gordon Gibb, volunteers from the Deltaville Maritime Museum, demonstrate the use of the boom to offload oysters from the buyboat “F.D. Crockett” during Oyster Festival Education Day 2011.

by Bill Powell
Events Director
Maritime Museum

The hard-working restored buyboat “F.D. Crockett,” pride of the Deltaville Maritime Museum and her outreach program, will be carrying the message of the history of Chesapeake Bay watermen, their fisheries and their boatbuilding methods to Urbanna at the end of next week. Gosh, interested folks may even find out what the heck a “buyboat” is.

The Crockett will arrive at Upton’s Point in Urbanna on Sunday afternoon, October 28. Her gracious lines can be viewed from the Urbanna Town Marina dock from Sunday evening through Wednesday. On Thursday she and her crews will join others as part of Oyster Festival “Education Day.”

During Education Day, Crockett will present a hands-on program for students on the role of buyboats in the Chesapeake Bay during the past century. The 4th and 7th grade students from Middlesex Public Schools and others will all participate in this opportunity to learn by seeing and doing. Education Day is reserved for the students and is not open to the general public.

“For a lot of these students, this may be the only chance they have or will have to actually walk on and experience a piece of our bay history,” said museum spokesperson. “We want these students, when the day is over, to have a feel for what our watermen did and what it was like to work on the water. This is what our museum and its outreach is all about.”

On Friday, November 2, Oyster Festival opening day, the Crockett will have crew aboard from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for full tours and questions and answers. Saturday hours also will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. She will return to the Deltaville Maritime Museum on Sunday. 

posted 10.24.2012

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