A skipjack named Martha Lewis...

Skipjacks remind us of an age when a robust oyster industry enabled a unique way of life along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. These graceful boats take us back to the waterside hamlets where sturdy folk built and tended the vessels of a fishing industry now nearly faded from view. 


In 1993, Dr. Randolph George found an aging skipjack named Martha Lewis, and what followed became a labor of love and a discovery of the histories, places, and people deeply connected to that time.

In this book, Randolph George traces the roots of the Martha Lewis back to its builder, Bronza Parks - a man well regarded in the skipjack culture - as well as many of the captains who sat at the helm of this boat. George also gives a detailed accounting of the restoration of the boat, which he undertook with Allen Rawl. 

Photographs and illustrations give the reader an incredibly intimate view of the work undertaken to bring the Martha Lewis to her former glory.