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These Skipjack Fine-Art Prints should be part of your collection!
Dave Turnbaugh's
skipjack portrait series capture the simple elegance of the last working skipjacks.

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Chesapeake Bay Skipjacks Series:

Each series is a limited edition of 475 prints







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Definition of Limited Edition Prints by Catherine Rayburn-Trobaug, ehow: While ... few ... can afford originals ... limited edition prints are a lower-cost alternative [to still enjoy] the original.... more

What Is an Artist's Proof? by ehow: Artist's proofs have always been considered more valuable than a print from the regular edition ... more

Remarque: A small original rendering (pencil or acrylic) below the printed images, making each unique and valuable.


Skipjack print - The Martha Lewis - "Cold Front Winds"
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10% of Your "Cold Front Winds" purchase price from will be donated to the Chesapeake Heritage Conservancy to promote and preserve the Skipjack Martha Lewis


"Cold Front Winds"
a portrait of the Skipjack

Martha Lewis

On a seasonably mild, early December day, Skipjack Martha Lewis leave Tilghman Island in total darkness under calm winds. Her crew moves about the deck making ready for the day. An hour into her run, the sky is much brighter but the air on the Choptank River has turned colder and the wind is gusting. Martha Lewis now had exactly what she needs for a good days work: “Cold Front Winds.”

The Skipjack:  Martha Lewis is one of a few 'jacks that occasionally still work under sail. Moored at the Maritime Museum in Havre de Grace, Maryland, she is owned by The Chesapeake Heritage Conservancy of Harford County. Built in 1955 in Wingate, MD, she is listed on the Maryland Historic Trust.



Skipjack Print - The Howard "Morning Breezes"
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The Print: The Printing Industries of Maryland  awarded "The Howard" Best of Category for art reproduction.



"Morning Breezes"

a portrait of the Skipjack

The Howard

The Howard and the rest of the small skipjack fleet leave Tilghman Island by 4:30 a.m. If successful, these denizens of the bay will be home by mid-day. If not, they will work until almost sunset. A few hours later on the Choptank, optimism reigns as the hard-working watermen pursue their harvest. It has warmed up the morning's mist has all but disappeared. In the deep shadows of the Howard's sails, the crew and captain find hope of success in the brisk "Morning Breezes."

The Skipjack:  The Howard was built in 1909 at Deep Creek, Virginia. She worked in the oyster-dredging fleet since her building and was last based at Deal Island.


Skipjack print - The H.M. Krentz - "Sunrise Rendezvous at Baltimore Lighthouse"
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"Sunrise Rendezvous at Baltimore Light"
a portrait of the Skipjack

H. M. Krentz

Baltimore Lighthouse has stood as a sturdy sentinel at the mouth of the Magothy River since 1908. Her construction took over 6 years due to many difficulties, including falling on its side. She was of the caisson variety developed in the 1870’s and is strongly associated with the Chesapeake Bay. She sits about one mile from shore in the Bay. The crew of the “Krentz” readying to work the oyster beds off of Gibson Island, after their "Sunrise Rendezvous at Baltimore Light."

The Skipjack:  The H. M. Krentz was built in Harryhogan, Virginia in 1955. She has worked the bay dredging oysters in both Maryland and Virginia, and in recent years has been working out of Tilghman Island, MD.


Skipjack print - The Mamie Mister - "Heading Down Bay"
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"Heading Down Bay"
a portrait of the Skipjack
The Mamie Mister

In the 1960's, the oyster dredging career of the Mamie Mister took a hiatus she she was sold and taken to New York. In the 70's, she was rigged with a second mast and for nearly 20 years was used as a pleasure craft sailing in the Atlantic Ocean. In 1989, she returned to the Chesapeake Bay where she resumed her role as a working boat. Berthed in Dogwood Harbor at Tilghman Island, she works along side skipjacks the City of Crisfield and the Martha Lewis as they're "Heading Down Bay."

The Skipjack:  The Mamie Mister was built on Deal Island by Elmer Glad in 1911 and was a typical single-masted flat bottom skipjack. She worked the bay dredging oysters for more than 50 years.


Skipjact print - The Lady Katie - "The Conversation"
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"The Conversation"
a portrait of the Skipjack
The Lady Katie


Early November, the sun has all but burnt off the morning mist. A few minutes ago the skipjacks "Lady Katie" and "City of Crisfield" were sitting motionless over the oyster beds of the Choptank River. While waiting for autumn winds, the crews of the two boats trade tales. The first gentle breezes emerge and the skipjacks slowly move away from one another. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a successful days harvest but, for now, these are the final words of "The Conversation."


The Skipjack:  The Lady Katie was built by boatbuilder Bronza Parks in Wingate, Md. in 1956. Mr. Parks also built "Rosa Parks" and "Martha Lewis." He referred to them as "sister" ships. He was considered among the best boat builders of his time, a perfectionist who painstakingly searched for the most seaworthy timber and the very best materials. They say Bronza's craftsmanship was matched by his colorful personality, his zest for life, and his compassion for his fellow man.


Skipjack print - The Sea Gull - "Rough Waters"
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"Rough Waters"
a portrait of the Skipjack
The Sea Gull


By mid-December the days have grown short and as the sun grows low. For more than 100 years, the Chesapeake skipjacks have worked their harvest under the harshest of conditions. As three skipjacks make their last runs over the oyster beds, late autumn winds pick up and take on the chill of winter. The usually placid Bay now becomes a bay to respect as they sail "Rough Waters." 

The Skipjack: Sea Gull was built in 1924 in Crisfield, MD, and was recently based at Deal Island. She is the one surviving skipjack built in the years between the two World Wars. The skipjacks in this print are: Sea Gull (fore right), Minnie V (mid-ground left), and Dee of St. Mary's (background).


Skipjack print - The City of Crisfield - "Near Sandy Point Light and Bay Bridge"
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"Near Sandy Point Light and Bay Bridge"
a portrait of the Skipjack
The City of Crisfield




The Skipjack: City of Crisfield was built in 1949 in Reedville, Virginia, and was recently based out of Deal Island, MD.


Skipjack print - The Minnie V - "Working the Choptank"
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The original oil is reproduced at 167/8 x 227/8 image size on 221/8 x 267/8 neutral pH, 100# dull coated cover stock.


"Working the Choptank"
a portrait of the Skipjack
The Minnie V


Skipjack print - The Elsworth - "Morning Calm"
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"Morning Calm"
a portrait of the Skipjack
The Elsworth

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  Skipjack print - The Kathryn - "Passing Thomas Point Lighthouse"
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  "Passing Thomas Point Light"
a portrait of the Skipjack
The Kathryn

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David T. Turnbaugh is earnestly concerned with the plight of the Chesapeake Bay skipjack. In the early eighties, Dave recognized that these once common light, sailed oyster boats were in trouble.

In the early 20th century, there were about 1,000 'jacks working the Bay. Today there are only about 20 skipjacks left. Most are more than eighty years old. In addition, the oysters they depend on are in decline due to disease, pollution and over-harvesting.

Dave is in the process of painting a portrait of each of the remaining skipjacks and publishing a limited edition print of each. Dave believes this project will bring attention to the vanishing skipjack, a true icon of Chesapeake history. In order to raise awareness and financial aid, Dave donated his original work to the Maryland Historical Society and granted the use of the image in their S.O.S. ("Save our Skipjacks") poster.

Signed by the artist. Printed on the highest quality acid free paper. Image size is approx. 19 1/2  x 29 1/2, unless noted.

More about the Skipjacks:
Saving the Skipjacks
- The skipjack, Maryland’s state boat and a beloved symbol of the culture and heritage of the Chesapeake Bay, is disappearing. Because it ... continued

Save Our Skipjacks Task Force - In November 1999, the Maryland Commission for Celebration 2000 formed the Save Our Skipjacks Task Force. The Task Force considered ... continued

Maryland’s Commercial Skipjack Fleet Named Most Endangered - On June 6, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named the nation’s only remaining sail-powered commercial fleet one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. The skipjack, ... continued

The skipjack became the Maryland State Boat in 1985 - Skipjacks are the last working boats under sail in the United States. In winter, fleets ... continued

Saving Oysters . . . And Oystermen - The 20th century was ending well for the oldest oysterman on the Chesapeake, until Art Daniels of Deal Island hauled up something in his dredge he had never seen before in all his years as a skipjack captain. cont'd

Preserving the Historic Vessels - Currently, restoration work for the skipjack fleet is on hold due to the construction on our Marine Railway. The railway is ... continued

Oyster Recovery Partnership - The Oyster Recovery Partnership is a coalition of organizations, institutions, businesses and individuals dedicated to helping restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay by ... continued Donate to the Oyster Recovery Partnership

Book Review:  Skipjack: The Story of America's Last Sailing Oystermen by Christopher White - The skipjacks are all but vanished today. Last winter [2008-2009] only a single one hoisted its sails, and its captain was 88 years old. But 10 years ago as the 20th century drew to a close, author Christopher White moved to Tilghman Island for two years to document the twilight of oystering under sail and the cantankerous captains struggling to keep their imperiled way of life alive. "Skipjack" is his story.

Skipjacks - National Landmarks:
Rebecca T. Ruark
Helen Virginia
Hilda M. Willing

Skipjacks of Maryland Historical Trust:
Bernice J
Clarence Crockett
Claude W. Somers
E.C. Collier
F.C. Lewis
Fannie L. Daugherty
Helen Virginia
Hilda M. Willing
Ida May
Maggie Lee
Mary W. Somers
Minnie V
Nellie L. Byrd
Ralph T. Webster
Rebecca T. Ruark
Ruby G. Ford
Sea Gull
Stanley Norman
Susan May
Thomas W. Clyde
Viginia W.


Save Our Skipjacks:

When you purchase a skipjack print from this page,  a portion of the proceeds goes to benefit charities devoted to preserving and promoting the legacy of the Chesapeake Skipjacks.

Sail Aboard a Skipjack:
The E.C. Collier (exhibit only) -

Give to Preserve the Skipjack E.C. Collier
The Dee -
The Elsworth -
Donate to Help the Skipjack Elsworth at Echo Hill Outdoor School
The Ada Fears
The H.M. Krentz
Maggie Lee (exhibit only)
Donate to Help Preserve the Skipjack Maggie Lee
F.C. Lewis Jr. (exhibit only)
Donate to Help Preserve the Skipjack F.C. Lewis Jr.
Skipjack Martha Lewis
Make a Donation to Help the Skipjack Martha Lewis
The Minnie V -
Donate to Help the Skipjack Minnie V
Nathan of Dorchester
Make a Donation to Help the Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester
Flora Price (exhibit only)
Donate to Help Preserve the Skipjack Flora Price
Rebecca T. Ruark
The Sigsbee -
Donate to Help the Skipjack Sigsbee
Claud W. Somers
Donate to Support the Skipjack Claud W. Somers

Information and links:
Annual Skipjack Races (Labor Day Weekend) -
The idea to bring back the Skipjack Races (Workboat Races) to the Bay ... was the crowds of onlookers and the fun the community had...

Chesapeake Bay Dreaming -
Soon after its introduction to the Chesapeake in the 1890s, the skipjack became the preferred oyster dredge boat. Some have ...

Uncertain Future for Skipjacks?
Call them killer angels. With their long lifting bowsprits, raked wooden masts and sweeping sheer lines, skipjacks not only recall but actually sustain the age of sail as we move into a new century...

Video:  Step Aboard the Rebecca T. Ruark
From the Travel Channel (Duration: 00:06:11)

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