Historic boat ‘Edna Lockwood’ open for tours
Following a historic two-year restoration project, the 1889 bugeye Edna Lockwood – the last historic sailing bugeye in the world – is undertaking a National Park Service-funded heritage tour around the Chesapeake Bay. She comes to Cambridge, MD on Aug. 2-4 and Sept. 21-22, when visitors can take free deck tours. The bugeye will be docked at Long Wharf Park, near Water and High Streets in Cambridge.
What’s a bugeye? It’s a distinct type of Chesapeake Bay sailboat developed for dredging oysters and is the predecessor of the skipjack.
Built in 1889 by John B. Harrison on Tilghman Island for Daniel W. Haddaway, Edna Lockwood dredged for oysters through winter, and carried freight—such as lumber, grain, and produce—after the dredging season ended. She worked faithfully for many owners, mainly out of Cambridge, until she stopped “drudging” in 1967. In 1973, Edna was donated to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum by John R. Kimberly. Recognized as the last working oyster boat of her kind, Edna Lockwood was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1994.