The First Voyage: to Reedville

Still at the museum docks, John prepares the Crockett for her first voyage. In the morning the Crockett's crew will take her to Reedville for the 2010 Chesapeake Bay Buyboat Reunion. CIMG2808Preparation

There's an early morning start on July 29.

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John pilots the boat out of Jackson Creek, then surveys the waters ahead along with the Crockett's former captain, David Wescott, who has joined the crew for the first voyage.

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While underway John and Johnny McQueen raise the flags that were donated by the Middlesex County Board of supervisors.

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Dave Wescott owned the boat when his son Wes was a small boy. As he and Wes steered the restored F.D. Crockett, Dave remarked that he would have never known it was at one time a derelict, since it handled exactly the same as it did when he worked the boat dredging crabs.

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The Crockett meets the Ellen Marie at the mouth of the Rappahannock to travel together up to Reedville.

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We approach the entrance to Cockrell's Creek and wonder if the Crockett had entered these waters during her working years.

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Fred Biddlecomb, who has arranged for our reunion in Reedville hosted by the Reedville Fishermen's Museum, meets us at the original stack of an old fish plant.

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Fred leads us in …

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And Gordon and Wes untie the launch while the Ellen Marie follows in the Crockett's wakeor ratherher lack of wake!

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The F.D. Crockett heads into Butler's Railway, where we will be staying for the reunion, ready to tie up alongside another buyboat for the first time in many years.

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Spud Parker, captain of the Elva C., and boat builder and host George Butler stand ready to catch the lines of the F.D. Crockett at the completion of her first voyage.

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Originally published by Vera England on 29 August 2010. Published on WordPress after The Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park moved from http://deltavilleva.com/museumpark/ to http://deltavillemuseum.com/

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