Tom Price, model maker at the United States Naval Academy, moves from the history of the sandbaggers to look at their less unruly kith and kin: the Chesapeake Bay log canoes

The beautiful Chesapeake Bay, slicing deeply into America’s east coast, is 200 miles long from the Atlantic Ocean to the mouth of the Susquehanna. It is at heart a drowned river, fringed with lesser rivers. Its eastern shore is low and fertile, bisected by waterways leading to farms and towns that in the past relied on sailing watercraft for trade and travel.

Its winding tributaries, harvested for their abundant oysters, crabs and fish, are narrow and shallow, so upwind ability and a good deal of sail is bound to be essential.

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