Statement of Significance (as of designation - April 19, 1994):
Nellie Crockett is a classic frame-and-plank Chesapeake deadrise buy-boat. Buy-boats have been referred to as the tractor trailors of the Chesapeake: they were the principal vessels to transport and distribute seafood on the bay prior to refrigeration, good road systems, and expansion of the railroad. Nellie Crockett was built in 1926 by Charles A. Dana at Crisfield, Maryland, for Andrew A. Crockett of Tangier, Virginia, who named the boat after one of his daughters. Crockett owned and operated the vessel until 1947, excepting three years during World War II when the boat served in the U.S. Coast Guard.