11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Chesapeake Bay Skipjacks

Year Listed: 2002
Location: Chesapeake Bay, Maryland
Threat: Deterioration, Natural Forces


Significance

Constructed between 1886 and 1956, wooden skipjacks with their brightly decorated trailboards, represent a time when the natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay contributed greatly to the economy of not only Maryland but the whole Mid-Atlantic region. However, as the bay's oyster population plummeted, so did the skipjacks. Additionally, the high cost of maintaining a wooden boat has caused the fleet to disappear one by one. Once numbering nearly 1,000, today there are only about a dozen skipjacks remaining in commercial use.