In 1924, sailing schooners and skipjacks would have still been working the waters around Deltaville, VA, carrying the produce of the Chesapeake Bay and the farmlands that bordered its shores. But the gasoline engine was changing the way oysters, crabs and watermelon were transported. In Dare, Virginia, Alexander Gaines, with the assistance of John Franklin Smith, was building a boat that incorporated several centuries of knowledge and tradition with the newest technology of the time.
The 63 foot nine-log bottom buyboat, the F.D. Crockett, restored by the Deltaville Maritime Museum, combines a craft adapted by European settlers from the Native American log canoe with the then-cutting-edge internal combustion engine. Its construction marked the end of an era and the beginning of a new one. This blog chronicles its restoration and its history.