I enjoyed your article on the deck boat Mobjack in the Gazette-Journal (“The Mobjack returns home to Guinea,” page 4A, Jan. 14 issue).
In 1953, my father was working on the Mobjack, on deck dredging oysters. Thurston Shawn was on there too. They worked for Miles Oyster Company in Norfolk. They tied up some nights at Philpott’s dock and my father would come home.
I went with him one Saturday. Left home about 5 a.m. We went to Miles Oyster Ground and finished up about noon, then to Norfolk to Miles dock and came home by car—a ferry ride across Hampton Road and to Boat Harbor in Newport News. The bridge was already built at Yorktown.
This was my first trip to Norfolk. I was 9 years old; a great adventure.
David HudginsMathews, Va.
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