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Romance of the buyboats continues

Buyboats from all over the Chesapeake Bay gathered stem to stern at the Urbanna Town Marina (above) last weekend. On Monday and Tuesday they were on Jackson Creek in Deltaville.

by Larry Chowning

The Chesapeake Bay Buyboat Association held its 15th annual buyboat rendezvous this past weekend in Urbanna, and in Deltaville Monday and Tuesday.

The buyboat association was formed in 2004 when the first rendezvous was held in Rock Hall, Maryland. This weekend was the fourth time the event has been held in Urbanna at the Town Marina.

Buyboats are the largest wooden deadrise style boats built on the bay. They range from 50 to 100 feet in length and in their heyday there were approximately 2,000 of this style of boat working on the Chesapeake Bay.

The boats are called buyboats because of the way the vessels were used in the seafood business. Buyboats were used to purchase oysters, crabs and fish from watermen working out on fishing grounds. Captains and crews of buyboats purchased seafood from watermen, loaded the catch onto the buyboat, and hauled the seafood back to the processing houses on land — thus the name buyboat.

Fifteen boats came to Urbanna over the weekend. The boats will visit Hampton today, August 9, and will finish the 2018 rendezvous at Whitehouse Cove Marina in Poquoson on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 10-12. The boats will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday in Poquoson.

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posted 08.08.2018

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