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Watermen

By handlerstudio  
On the Chesapeake, the way crabbing is done is with crab pots, mostly in water about 20' and under. Sailing is often an obstacle course in shallow waters (which much of the Bay is---it averages 8' deep, though in the middle it can be 150+ feet deep) and we need a spotter on the bow looking for an announcing--crab pot at 11:00. You do not want to run over one (the floats just above the water, and not always easy to see) because if you have a fin keel boat, you are likely to catch the line on your prop, even if you are under sail not power. I have gone under to unfoul the prop.

There are parts of the Bay, the like the Eastern Bay, some rivers and coves, where there are no crab pot...so they do what this waterman is doing...called trot lining. You have two weights some distance apart and in between, spots on the line that are baited...and you run the line over a wheel or some sort of roller and catch the crabs as they come up. They like the food too much to let go....no one said they are smart.

The versions are work boats on one of those really hot days on the Bay, when the water looks almost like a sheet of glass.....I have known too many of them. My preference for sailing is Spring and Fall, when it is cooler. Se we are going out the first weekend in October. Don't own a boat. We charter, someone else's hole in the water.

I am glad you are all enjoying my nautical images. Shot with my first digital camera....way back.

Peter

Tags: Photo journalism Boats Maryland Chesapeake bay Watermen

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taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
24 Sep 2020 2:09AM
Fresh crab rolls come to mind~~~~~~~~
24 Sep 2020 2:30AM

Quote:Fresh crab rolls come to mind~~~~~~~~


What a great idea! Or crab cakes. They do not get better than in Rock Hall at Watermen's.

Peter
24 Sep 2020 2:34AM
Great boating well done Peter.
WesternRed.
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 20 Canada
24 Sep 2020 4:45AM
A shell fish lovers place to be.
24 Sep 2020 5:57AM
Lovely set, Peter.
Mike
johnke Plus
8 231 17 England
24 Sep 2020 8:32AM
Crab Salad for me please, without any shell,,,,,, lots of salt and black pepper


Virgin Olive oil please...John
saltireblue Plus
11 12.4k 77 Norway
24 Sep 2020 8:38AM
Have recently read James A. Michener's fascinating novel covering several hundred years of Chesapeake history - an excellent read.
Alfie_P Plus
14 927 2 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2020 9:03AM
Wonderful set of images and info Peter 😊

😎
gconant Plus
10 31 1 United States
24 Sep 2020 11:54AM
A great set of crabbing images Peter !!

Glenn
24 Sep 2020 12:35PM

Quote:Have recently read James A. Michener's fascinating novel covering several hundred years of Chesapeake history - an excellent read.


As with al of Michener's books....a good read. Not well loved by people around the Bay. He is pretty unflattering to the watermen. A better book about the Bay....Beautiful Swimmers....about crabs, also oysters, and the people who catch them. A naturalist study that is a page turner....and won a Pulitzer Prize.

Peter
dales Plus
5 13 Australia
24 Sep 2020 12:47PM
Wonderful boating images Peter , a pleasure to view
Ian
24 Sep 2020 1:46PM
A great set
24 Sep 2020 3:09PM
Excellent nautical images and a fascinating narrative, Peter.

Richard
Saastad 2 16 15 Norway
24 Sep 2020 11:41PM
Another lovely boat set Peter!
But I think I like all the versions better than the lead shot (hahaha) Tase can be very different. Good job anyway SmileSmile

Arne
debu 11 India
25 Sep 2020 12:08AM
Beautiful images.
Debu
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2020 12:47PM
Hummmm crab and fresh fish... Delicious...
Wonderful location for your boatabilia set Peter ... Isabel GrinGrin

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