SKIPJACK–Praise from Delmarva Review

A Review by George Merrill, Delmarva Review

Skipjack: The Story of America’s Last Sailing Oystermen by Christopher White. This is a well-researched story of how Chesapeake Bay skipjacks became a part of the social fabric of Maryland’s Eastern Shore and how their skippers and crews helped shape the ecological history of the Bay. White lived on Tilghman Island, a watermen’s enclave, befriending members of the oystering community and crewing aboard skipjacks in winter, dredging fro oysters. He offers intimate sketches of their crusty skippers and capricious crews, describes their local dietary habits, and quotes regional dialect. The book is both an elegy and social commentary about change in the modern world.