Redart resident documents county’s shipbuilding legacy online
In the long term, Diggs said, "I would like to chronicle the development of Mathews boatbuilding and how it evolved from a shipbuilding community, to my dad being the last in a line of craftsmen."
And with that goal in mind, he has started his blog with an article and photos about his boatbuilding grandfather, Edgar Diggs, leading into the career of his father, Edward Diggs.
Edward Diggs worked for many years at Horn Harbor Marina constructing the sturdy wooden deadrise workboats that take watermen to the crabbing and fishing grounds of the Chesapeake Bay. He has also built a number of smaller vessels, from rowboats to pleasure craft.
Today, Edward Diggs mostly makes detailed models of those vessels. Andy Diggs lives next door and wants to create a clear record of his father’s work, and that of other local builders.