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HILDA M. WILLING (Skipjack)

Tilghman, Maryland
County of Talbot.
National Register Number: 85001089
Resource type: Structure.
Property type: Transportation - water -related. The threat level was Watch in
2008.
Congressional District: MD-2 Certified Local Government: NO

Statement of Significance (as of designation - April 19, 1994):
The Chesapeake skipjack fleet is the last commercial sail powered fishing fleet in North America and the only "cohesive" sailing fleet in the western hemisphere. Introduced to the Chesapeake Bay in the 1890s, the skipjack became the preferred oyster dredge boat; of the hundreds that made up the fleet working the bay, only a handfull remain. Among these, Hilda M. Willing retains essentially her physical appearance as originally built in 1905 at Oriole, Maryland.

Condition:
There are no new threats to the landmark.

Annual maintenance performed the owner using out of pocket expense and woodworking skills.


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