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Friday, December 31, 2010

Meet the Museum's Floating Fleet : Edna E. Lockwood

Over the centuries Chesapeake boat builders have designed a great variety of watercraft to meet a particular geography and task. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is home to the largest collection of historic Chesapeake Bay boats in existence.

By now you are quite familiar with our nine-log bugeye, the Edna E. Lockwood, as we have been following her progress since the inception of this blog. Here is a little background:

In 1889, at the age of 24, John B. Harrison of Tilghman Island built the Edna, the seventh of 18 bugeyes he was to build. Harrison also built the well-known log canoes Jay Dee and Flying Cloud.

Edna was probably built on Chicken Point at the southeast end of Knapps Narrows. Her hull is hewn of nine pine logs, and is several inches wider on her starboard side. This asymmetry in her hull allows her to sail closer to the wind on port tack, to dredge better on port tack, and to come about to starboard more easily.

Built for Daniel W. Haddaway of Tilghman Island, a neighbor to John B. Harrison, Edna dredged for Oysters through the winter and carried freight, such as lumber, grain or produce, after the dredging season ended. She worked faithfully for various owners, mainly out of Cambridge until she stopped "drudgin" in 1967. In 1973, she was donated to the Museum.

In 1975, Edna was dismantled down to her nine logs and rebuilt over the next several years. In this process, she was built stronger than the original, with the addition of 21 natural knees of hackmatack, new frames that extended all the way to her keel log instead of the wing log, a heavier kingplank, and more tie rods. Her oyster dredging gear, removed during the refit, has not been replaced.

Edna is a rare survivor, the last of the log-hull bugeyes still afloat, and is without doubt the most significant boat in the Museum's Small Craft Collection. She was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.

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