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Oystering Under Sail Photo Album

A few years back, several of us Alberg 30 sailors took an opportunity to dredge oysters on a skipjack. We'd met Wade Murphy, captain and owner of the Rebecca T. Ruark at Chesapeake Appreciation Days and Windjammers of the Chesapeake. He's an eloquent man when he starts telling tales.

One thing that that is abundantly clear when he speaks is how much he loves that boat and the way of life that he inherited from his father. Where many skippers have let their skipjacks languish to rot when the oysters harvest was decimated by disease, pollution and perhaps overharvesting, Wade has put more money into his boat; perhaps more than it ever can repay in oysters.




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