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Maryland Emancipation Day honors African-American watermen

On Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, I joined a skeleton crew of the Bay Poet in Rock Hall, Md., for our final voyage of the season. I was given a heads-up by the skipper to arrive by 15:00 because the tall ships would be visiting nearby Chestertown. Perhaps we could visit New Jersey’s official tall ship, the A.J. Meerwald, a 115 foot, 57-ton restored oyster dredging vessel launched in 1928.