Launch of the Skipjack Martha Lewis

Chesapeake Bay History

The skipjack is a traditional fishing boat used on the Chesapeake Bay. It was designated the state boat of Maryland in 1985.

Built in 1955, the skipjack Martha Lewis was one of three skipjacks built by Bronza Parks in Wingate, MD. Designed to dredge for oysters in the shallow bay waters, skipjacks were working boats that were not designed to last, requiring extensive maintenance and upkeep.

Restored to Its Rightful Place

After extensive restoration by the Chesapeake Heritage Conservancy , United Crane & Rigging was hired to launch the Martha Lewis. The skipjack will be used as an environmental education tool to preserve the cultural tradition of dredging for oysters, and to educate on the preservation of the Chesapeake Bay.

The launch was performed using United Crane & Rigging’s Terex AC140 170 ton all-terrain crane. Great care was taken to prevent any damage to the newly renovated 50,000 lb. vessel.