Skipjack (Paperback)

The Story of America's Last Sailing Oystermen

By Christopher White

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 9781442210882, 372pp.

Publication Date: December 16, 2011

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In Skipjack, Christopher White spends a pivotal year with three memorable captains as they battle man and nature to control the fate of their island villages and oyster fleet. Through these lively characters, White paints a vivid picture of life on a skipjack, a wooden oystering sailboat. But this last vestige of American sailing culture is rapidly dying. These captains must set aside their rivalry to fight for their very livelihood. With so many obstacles, it is not certain the fleet will survive the season. Hinging on its success, the viability of the nation's premiere estuary and the survival of a classic American town hang dangerously in the balance.

About the Author

Christopher White has written several books and has had articles appear in National Geographic, Exploration, and many other publications.