“The Twentieth Century”: The Sailing Oystermen

At one time, 2,000 skipjacks dredged for oysters under sail. Now they number fewer than 40 and less than half are actively fishing. Walter Cronkite hosts this documentary that examines a disappearing way of life for Chesapeake Bay skipjack sailors, dredging for oysters under restrictions aimed at preserving a dwindling supply. The film also captures life on Smith Island. Originally broadcast February 7, 1965.

“The Twentieth Century”: The Sailing Oystermen

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One Response to “The Twentieth Century”: The Sailing Oystermen

  1. Dirk Bal says:

    Nice contribution.
    As my ancestors were Oystermen, this film is very special, and luckily being preserved for later generations.