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Editorial: Well done

Congratulations all around to owners Jeannie and Waynie Hudgins, staff, and volunteers at Hudgins Horn Harbor Marina in Port Haywood. They organized a successful Chesapeake Bay Buyboat Reunion over the weekend, welcoming visitors rain or shine, and giving everyone a happy glimpse of days gone by when workboats ruled the bay.

The buyboats, some of them preserved and still floating a century after their construction, were once the workhorses of the bay, traveling up and down to purchase fish, oysters and other products and to take them to fish merchants. Some were used not to purchase, but to bring in, the catch of fish from overflowing pound nets. It was not unusual to see a number of these sturdy vessels clustered around a wharf to unload or to meet the fishermen when they came in with their catch.

Today they are a rare sight, and very few of them are still at work. Most of the survivors have had meticulous restorations and are used for pleasure or exhibits.

It was a pleasure...

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