Sitting by the dock of the Chesapeake Bay at Kent Island is a small waterman’s marina. Filled with crab boats, this is a working harbor. Small, but a strong force of tough seamen that endure the elements of Mother Nature.
Some of these boats are newer, while others show the passing of time. Filled with character you can only imagine the stories they could tell. Each boat has tools of the trade like these buckets used for holding crabs once pulled from the traps.
Bumpers on the boat sides are meant to help protect the boat while tied to the dock. The winter light bringing them a glow.
A life ring hangs in case of emergency. Hopefully never to be used.
And no boat is not complete without docking lines to use in a wide variety of ways.
It’s been an odd winter this year as El Nino has been keeping the Gulf Stream further north, holding at bay Old Man Winter. The waterman are still able to work the waters, leaving at 5:00 a.m. to drive an hour to arrive to the waters where they work.
Just a couple of years ago the boats were frozen in and the watermen were stuck at home.
Kent Island, a wonderful place to visit the old life of the Chesapeake Bay.