‘F.D. Crockett’ to flagship boat races
by Vera England and Bill Powell
That busiest of buyboats, the “F.D. Crockett,” will be active again on Saturday, September 29, attending the Poquoson Seafood Festival Workboat Races at Messick Point off Poquoson. A restoration project of the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park, the Crockett will act as both flagship and committee boat for the festivities. The races will be held Sunday afternoon.
This will be the third year the Crockett has attended the Poquoson Festival.
It is appropriate that F.D. Crockett returns to her “birthplace” each year. Her hull, built in 1924, is that of a “Poquoson log canoe,” and was combined with an internal combustion engine rather than the traditional sail so that she was “state-of-the-art” at the time. Her builders are from the Dare area of York County, and the F.D. Crockett was docked in Poquoson for most of her working lifetime.
Poquoson boasts many watermen and families who are closely tied to the F.D. Crockett during her history there. The Crockett crew hopes to again welcome the F.D. Crockett “Family” to her decks during the weekend.
The Crockett will be open for tours at Poquoson Yacht Club on Saturday from noon-6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m.-noon prior to the races.
Outreach voyages of the F.D. Crockett are supported by a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund. Your purchase of Chesapeake Bay license plates assists with the funding for this and many other bay educational projects. Go to http://www.dmv.virginia.gov for an application.
The F.D. Crockett will take her place of honor at the Pierwalk for the Deltaville Maritime Museum’s Art and Seafood Festival October 12-13. She will be available for tours during both the Artists Wine and Cheese Preview on Friday from 5-7 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
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, visit http://www.deltavillemuseum.com, or call 776-7200.