Meet the Skipjack Captains, November 7th


Chesapeake Heritage Conservancy

to host







HAVRE DE GRACE, MARYLAND – On Sunday, November 7th , Christopher White, author of the newly published and critically-acclaimed book, Skipjack: The Story of America’s Last Sailing Oystermen (St. Martin’s Press, ), will appear at the Bayou Restaurant in Havre de Grace, Maryland.  Joining White will be four legendary skipjack captains from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Captain Arthur Daniels, Jr.of Deal Island, plus Captain Wade Murphy, Jr., Captain Lawrence P. Murphy and Captain Stanley Larrimore of Tilghman Island.


Skipjack: The Story of America’s Last Sailing Oystermen is the saga of a quickly vanishing way of life and a culture unique to the Chesapeake Bay.  The skipjack, an iconic wooden sailing vessel, has been used for dredging oysters since the nineteenth century. Once numbering in the hundreds, the number of working skipjacks has fallen to little more than a handful as the annual oyster harvest has been drastically reduced due to disease, pollution, and mounting social and economic pressures. A way of life that has sustained the watermen and their communities for generations is now on the verge of extinction.

Christopher White moved to Tilghman Island for two years in order to immerse himself in the watermen’s culture. The book that came of out this experience chronicles a life of hardship and frequent danger as these men work through the winter navigating unpredictable waters and an equally volatile economic seafood marketplace. The story beautifully reveals the abiding passion these watermen hold for working the waters of the Chesapeake Bay.


The event will take place at the Bayou Restaurant, 927 Pulaski Hwy., U.S. Rt. 40 in Havre de Grace, MD. The conversation with Christopher White and the Chesapeake watermen will begin at 5:00 p.m. followed by book signing and oyster reception.

For more information, contact Chesapeake Heritage Conservancy at 410-939-4078, or email 

This event is free and open to the public but registration is required.


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“SKIPJACK: The Story of America’s Last Sailing Oystermen” is a compelling portrait of thie vanishing American tradition and rural village life, as seen through the eyes of several lively and maverick characters — unforgettable men and women — who make their living harvesting oysters from the Chesapeake Bay.

Peter Matthiessen, author of the fishing classic, “Men’s Lives,” said, “SKIPJACK, which portrays the last American fishing fleet under sail, is a colorful and valuable piece of Americana.”