Month-long Sailing Trip: Smith Island
Background on Smith Island
|Watermen from Smith Island work long days to harvest crabs and oysters to eek out a living. |
Their harvest is brought to Crisfield daily for processing and distribution.
Smith Island Cake
|A slice of peanut butter Smith Island Cake--note the 10 layers. A 9-inch cake costs $55 in Crisfield.|
|Homes on the island are surprisingly normal--very modest colonial, salt box, and cape cod style homes |
and cottages with clapboard exteriors and built on concrete block foundations with nicely manicured lawns.
Images from Smith Island
|Most of the work boats are powered by diesel (tractor) engines. The muffled exhaust |
is directed vertically--when not in service, the exhaust is covered with a bucket
to prevent rain water from entering the exhaust system.
|The crab pot floats are very colorful and unique--they identify the owner of the crab pot. |
I just wish they would keep them out of the channel!
|The small harbor for Ewell is located on the back door channel called Big Thorofare. |
A boat is the primary means of transportation in this area while a golf cart gets you around on land.
|There are crab shanties all along the harbor and a network of interconnecting docks. |
This image is looking at the end of Shell Road. At low tide white egrets search for fish in the shallows.
|The workboats, docks, and wetlands make this island very picturesque.|
|Even though there is a 5 or 6-slip marina, I don't think the water is deep enough for a sailboat. |
There was a workboat in one of the slips when we were on the island.
|Another picturesque image from Smith Island|
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