This watercolor by Bill Allen of Williamsburg, himself a waterman, is painted from a photograph of the F.D. Crockett near the end of her working days. The painting is being reproduced as posters and on polo shirts for sale at the museum.
Here longtime captain William S. “Purdy” or “Pretty” Green is tying up the boat on his last day as master of the vessel. According to Poquoson legend, Purdy, who worked for K.T. Smith in the summer and dredged in the winter, was captain of the F.D.Crockett for fifty years to the day. He began working on the boat when buyboats were in their heyday. The new owner, who is on the vessel, is Capt. Faye Dryden.
The F.D. Crockett is one of the few boats on the bay that is etched in stone — literally. When Purdy Green died and was buried at Providence Church on Wolf Trap Road near Dare, VA, the family had a full picture of the F.D. Crockett carved on his tombstone.
Thanks to Jeremy Glover http://jeremy-glover.com/ for his contribution of the design of the Crockett logo from Bill Allen’s original painting.
Originally published by Vera England on 18 June 2010. Published on WordPress after The Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park moved from http://deltavilleva.com/museumpark/ to http://deltavillemuseum.com/