In Maryland: Going Deep for Oysters

He was a bold man that first eat an oyster.

Connoisseurs of seafood may take issue with Jonathan Swift; it takes no boldness at all to eat oysters fresh from the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. But going after these oysters requires a bold spirit and a sturdy body. Most of the Chesapeake's watermen, heirs to three centuries of tradition, harvest the bay's oysters by time-honored methods. Some scrape them off the bottom with dredges towed behind graceful, sail-driven skipjacks. Some haul them up with mechanical dredges. Many pluck them off the bottom...

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