The last historic sailing bugeye in the world, Edna E. Lockwood, a National Historic Landmark, recently underwent a two-year restoration of her nine-pine log hull. This summer, the 85 ft., 130-year-old vessel is traveling to ports around the Chesapeake Bay and up the Potomac River, as part of a National Park Service-funded heritage tour. Included is a stop in Colonial Beach, Virginia (CBVA), during the Town’s Potomac River Festival.
Owned and operated by the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM), Edna Lockwood, will be docked at Town Pier from June 7 until June 9. Visitors will be invited to tour the ship’s deck free of charge Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 pm. and talk with crew members–including Edna’s first female Captain, Rose DiMatteo–about traditional Chesapeake Bay boatbuilding techniques and the oystering industry past and present.
Built in 1889 by John B. Harrison for Daniel W. Haddaway, and launched October 5, 1889 on Tilghman Island, Edna dredged for oysters on the Chesapeake Bay through winter, and carried freight—such as lumber, grain, and produce—after the dredging season ended. She worked faithfully for many owners, mainly out of Cambridge, Maryland, until she stopped “drudging” in 1967.
In 1973, Edna was donated to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum by John R. Kimberly. Recognized as the last of more than 600 log-hulled bugeye oyster boats that once sailed the Chesapeake Bay, Edna E. Lockwood was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1994. After her restoration, Edna was re-launched into the Miles River in St. Michaels, Maryland, in fall of 2018.