Potomac River Dory Boat
When the oystering industry boomed in the years after the Civil War, oystermen working the Potomac and Patuxent rivers tonged from boats like these. They were bigger than the older “Black Nancy” boats and they have a V-shaped bottom instead of a flat bottom. This meant more room for oysters and a more seaworthy boat—traits no doubt appreciated by watermen venturing into the more open waters of the mouths of the Potomac and Patuxent rivers to find new oyster bars. Dory boats stood out from other, typically white workboats, because they were traditionally painted with green, red, and yellow stripes.
Built: 1931, Banks O’Dee, MD, by Frances Raymond “Peg Leg” Hayden
Length: 37 ft, 10.5 in (11.31m)
Beam: 12 ft, 7 in (3.87 m)
Draft: 2 ft, 8 in (.85 m)
Potomac River dory boat, 1931. Collection of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, MD. Gift of Calvert Marine Museum. 88-43-1.
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