Come dockside and visit Skipjack Wilma Lee. Berthed at the historic Ocracoke Community Square dock, Skipjack Wilma Lee is a beautifully restored 50-foot wooden boat from a bygone era. One of only a few remaining Chesapeake Bay Skipjacks, Wilma Lee is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in Wingate, Maryland, in 1940 by Bronza Parks and restored in 2002, Wilma Lee was then donated to Ocracoke Alive Inc., an Ocracoke based nonprofit organization dedicated to arts and education. Skipjacks were single-purpose, sloop-rigged oystering boats with a huge sail plan for pulling oyster dredges through the rich oyster beds of Chesapeake Bay. As the oyster beds of the Chesapeake were depleted and decimated by disease, skipjacks moved south where they were used and built by Albemarle Sound and Pamlico Sound watermen. Though not an Ocracoke boat in origin, Wilma Lee holds the spirit of hard work and adventure that characterizes the oystering trade then and now. Stop by for free dockside talks aboard the Wilma Lee this summer.
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