Watermen (1968)

In 1965, on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, there was the last operating fleet of sailing work boats in the United States. Forty-odd "Skipjacks" were still used by Maryland watermen to dredge up oysters from the Bay. At that time, the fleet had survived because of a Maryland conservation law which prohibits the use of motor power for oyster dredging. The watermen traditionally marked the opening of each oystering season with a skipjack race which the Maryland State Tourist Board incorporated into its annual "Chesapeake Bay Appreciation Day."

The original negative of Watermen was lost, and a new negative was made with a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation.  That negative and a new proof print from it are stored in the Folkstreams archive in Chapel Hill, NC. 

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Awards

Atlanta International Film Festival, Bronze Medal,

Licensing

For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Holly Fisher, the distributor Holly Fisher, or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: Holly Fisher
  • Produced by: Holly Fisher, Romas V. Slezas
  • Cinematographer: Romas Slezas with Holly Fisher
  • Sound: Holly Fisher
  • Editor: Holly Fisher and Romas Slezas
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • ©1968, Fisher-Slezas Films Inc.
  • 1 hr 3 mins, Color
  • Categories:
    AgricultureFamilyMaritime LoreRural LifeWork