The Boat Shop boys and the Crockett crew have been busily building, sanding, and painting in order to get the F.D. Crockett ready for her August 4 departure to Cape Charles, VA as part of the Chesapeake Bay Buyboat Reunion Tour. The Crockett will spend four days in Cape Charles as the first leg of her summer outreach cruise around the bay. There she will be participate in the parade of buyboats from the Chesapeake Bay Buyboat Association, and be a part of the town’s 125th Anniversary Festival, joining in a variety of festivities. The FD Crockett will be available for tours from 11-4 on Friday, August 5 and from 12-4 on Saturday, August 6 so that the crew can share the history of the boat, explain its restoration by the Museum, and give the public a hands-on look at bay maritime history.
On Monday, August 8, the F.D. Crockett will return to Deltaville to prepare to welcome the flotilla to Chesapeake Marine Railway. This, the former Deagle’s Railway, began as the Price boat-building shop where many of the bay’s historic boats were built. The rest of the boats will arrive Tuesday afternoon, August 9 and will be on display through Wednesday. Some boats may be open for tours, but the crews may be out seeing the sights of Middlesex County. The Museum will host a special tour of the park and facilities for the buyboat crews while they are here.
On Thursday, August 11, the F.D. Crockett will travel with the fleet to Urbanna for the annual Chesapeake Bay Buyboat Homecoming where more festivities are planned. On Friday and Saturday August 12 & 13 the boats will be open for tours at Urbanna Town Marina from 10:00-5:00. The boats will return to their home ports on the morning of Sunday, August 14.
Portions of the Crockett’s outreach cruise have been funded by the Chesapeake Bay License Plate Grant in order to bring the history of the buyboats and the watermen who worked them to the generations who did not have the opportunity to see the beautiful craft during their heyday on the bay.