What’s a bugeye? It’s a distinct type of Chesapeake Bay sailboat developed for dredging oysters and is the predecessor of the skipjack.
Built in 1889 by John B. Harrison on Tilghman Island for Daniel W. Haddaway, Edna Lockwood dredged for oysters through winter, and carried freight—such as lumber, grain, and produce—after the dredging season ended. She worked faithfully for many owners, mainly out of Cambridge, until she stopped “drudging” in 1967. In 1973, Edna was donated to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum by John R. Kimberly. Recognized as the last working oyster boat of her kind, Edna Lockwood was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1994.
BONUS: The Chesapeake Buy Boats will be having a reunion in Cambridge the same weekend, Aug. 2-4, so if you head to Long Wharf, you can see these historic boats, too! (Buy boats were used in the boom days of oystering. They headed out on the water to buy oysters directly from watermen, then brought them to land, thus saving the watermen the need for interrupting their work to deliver their harvest to land.)