Skipjack by Christopher White
The Story of America's Last Sailing Oystermen

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In Skipjack, Christopher White spends a pivotal year with three memorable captains as they battle man and nature to control the fate of their island villages and oyster fleet. Through these lively characters, White paints a vivid picture of life on a skip - jack, a wooden oystering sailboat as they dredge for oysters—a favorite staple of iconic American seafood cuisine for over a hundred years. But this last vestige of American sailing culture is rapidly dying. State officials have mismanaged the waters, putting sport above business, and modernization above tradition. These captains must set aside their rivalry to fight for their very livelihood. With so many obstacles, it is not certain the fleet will survive the season. Hinging on its success, the viability of the nation’s premiere estuary and the survival of a classic American town hang dangerously in the balance.


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CHRISTOPHER WHITE has written several books and has been published in National Geographic, Exploration, Chesapeake Journal, and multiple other publications. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Published November 10, 2009 by St. Martin's Press. 385 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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and his experience working on a skipjack, with their notoriously thorny captains, the toil and occasional terror, yet also the “all-but-forgotten world of reading the sky and the water, of harnessing the wind to catch your supper,” of the “waterman as part of the ecology of the Bay.” The author a...

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The review was accompanied by a photograph of a boat that was incorrectly described in the caption as a skipjack.

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Open Salon

It’s a pleasant change to read about people whose children skip school to crew on their fathers’ or grandfathers’ skipjacks, and even after learning that “drudging” is hard, dangerous work, pursued in winter on increasingly fragile, old wooden ships, still want very much to own a skipjack later o...

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