Historic Bugeye ‘Edna Lockwood’ in Town

Historic Bugeye ‘Edna Lockwood’ in Town 2019-07-30T15:06:15-04:00

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Following a historic two-year restoration project, the 1889 bugeye Edna Lockwood – the last historic sailing bugeye in the world – is undertaking a National Park Service-funded heritage tour around the Chesapeake Bay. She comes to Cambridge, MD on Aug. 2-4 and Sept. 21-22, when visitors can take free deck tours. The bugeye will be docked  at Long Wharf Park, near Water and High Streets in Cambridge.

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.

Check the full schedule and learn more about the Edna Lockwood.

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.)

Edna Lockwood, photo courtesy of Edna Lockwood