I could start this “Once Upon A Time” but I think not. So how do I start this? A long while ago Blue Crabs, Oysters and Rockfish were plentiful on the Chesapeake Bay. That’s when the water was cleaner than it is today. Back in the 1940s and ’50s I remember boats loaded till the gunwales were awash. Today a couple dozen bushels of crabs is a good catch.
So where does Miss Suzie and Aladdin fit into this story. They were two of the many work-boats plying the waters of the Chesapeake. Today they lie rotting on the shore of the West River, near Shadeyside, Md. I discovered them, and the remains of a few more while kayaking from Galesville. These decaying hulks most without names serve as a reminder of what riches the Bay once provided. In the middle of the last century one could find ghost of old work-boats like this in many of the marshes along the shores of the Bay.
About all that’s visible of Miss Suzzie.
More remains of Aladdin. Her bow resting on shore amidst weeds.
While I was paddling around here I shot some other remains.
Though not a hull, it definitely belongs to a piece of sunken wreck. The water here is just a few feet deep but the water is too turbid to see what it is connected to.
Sailing vessels were used mainly for hauling in Oysters, and nets full of fish. The extreme rake of the mast was designed to hoist the cargo to and from the hold.