Washington Post Book Review

By Ken Ringle
Sunday, December 13, 2009

SKIPJACK The Story of America’s Last Sailing Oystermen
By Christopher White
St. Martin’s. 372 pp. $25.99

For those of us who love the Chesapeake — and others merely curious — the ultimate Bay sourcebook remains the late William W. Warner’s wonderfully readable “Beautiful Swimmers,” which chronicles the biology of the blue crab and the culture of the watermen who pursue them. Surprisingly, little has been written about the Bay’s other edible treasure — the Chesapeake oyster — or about the sail-powered wooden workboats that harvested them for more than a century.