REBECCA T. RUARK

Gibsontown Rd., Tilghman, Maryland

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Description 

The Rebecca T. Ruark is the oldest vessel in the skipjack oyster dredging fleet, the last commercial fishing sailing fleet in North America. Of the estimated 2,000 skipjacks built on Chesapeake Bay before World War II, only about 16 survive. The Ruark is the only vessel in the oyster fleet with a sloop hull, and is known as one of the best sailing skipjacks in the fleet. After sinking during a gale in 1999, she was subsequently raised and restored to operation. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, July 31, 2003

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 16, 1985
Reference number
85001095
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Skipjack
Areas of significance
Commerce; Transportation
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Structure
Historic functions
Water-related; Fishing facility or site
Current functions
Fishing facility or site; Water-related
Period of significance
1875-1899
Significant year
1896