David T. Turnbaugh's Skipjack Series
Skipjacks are wooden boats designed for oyster dredging in the Chesapeake Bay. By law, skipjacks must work under sail three days a week. With their reliance on winds to reap their harvest, our hearts recall more wholesome days. I'm working on a series of portraits to capture the simple elegance of the last remaining working skipjacks.

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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.

Chesapeake Bay Skipjacks Series:

Each series is a limited edition of 475 prints







With Remarque:



– Pencil



– Color



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:
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

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.

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
The Lady Katie (exhibit only) -
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)

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.

Cold Front Winds
Skipjack print - The Martha Lewis - "Cold Front Winds"

Martha Lewis
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

Morning Breezes
Skipjack Print - The Howard "Morning Breezes"

The Howard

Sunrise Rendezvous at Baltimore Light
Skipjack print - The H.M. Krentz - "Sunrise Rendezvous at Baltimore Lighthouse"

The H. M. Krentz

Heading Down Bay
Skipjack print - The Mamie Mister - "Heading Down Bay"

The Mamie Mister

The Conversation
Skipjact print - The Lady Katie - "The Conversation"

The Lady Katie

Rough Waters
Skipjack print - The Sea Gull - "Rough Waters"

The Sea Gull

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

The City of Crisfield

Working the Choptank
Skipjack print - The Minnie V - "Working the Choptank"

The Minnie V
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.

Morning Calm
Skipjack print - The Elsworth - "Morning Calm"
The Elsworth
** SOLD OUT **

Passing Thomas Point Light
Skipjack print - The Kathryn - "Passing Thomas Point Lighthouse"
The Kathryn
** SOLD OUT **

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