Every once in a while I read a book that just calls for a recommendation on this blog. I just finished reading Christopher White's excellent book, Skipjack, The Story of America's Last Sailing Oystermen.
As one of the jacket testimonials puts it, "...Skipjack is a compelling story about how the wisdom of the past can help us protect the future of our fisheries." I was particularly taken with the book because only this past March I had the good fortune to spend an entire day dredging for Chesapeake Bay oysters on a 57 year old skipjack. If you missed that blog, you can read it here: http://villagecraftsmen.blogspot.com/2012/03/oyster-dredging.html.
To read a more thorough account of our adventure you can read Capt. Rob Temple's story here:
And if you want a refresher about the skipjack that has been donated to one of the island's non-profits, Ocracoke Alive, click here: http://villagecraftsmen.blogspot.com/2012/03/restored-skipjack-donated-to-ocracoke.html.
And finally, if you really want to learn about oyster dredging, the boats, the captains and crews, and the culture of the oystermen, go to your library or your local bookstore and pick up a copy of Skipjack, The Story of America's Last Sailing Oystermen. It is a fascinating read!
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of midwifery on Ocracoke. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082112.htm.