MARYLAND. - NAVAL ENGAGEMENT WITH OYSTER-DREDGERS IN THE CHESTER RIVER.

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Maryland. - Naval Engagement with Oyster-Dredgers in the Chester River.

Wood engraving, c.1880.
Image size 7 x 9 1/8" (17.7 x 23.4 cm).
Good condition with modern handcolor.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 95166
Price: $45.00
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A scene during the Oyster Wars that rocked the Chesapeake Bay in the late 19th Century. Oysters were like gold, attracting hopeful entrepreneurs to the bay in droves. Over fishing and demands for the greatest bounties lead to fierce words and battle between the oyster fisherman and, eventually, the Oyster Navy. Maryland was desperate to upload its laws, and protect their bountiful oyster beds, so they formed the Oyster Navy to apprehend or assail illegal dredgers and fisherman.

At it's peak, in 1889, more than a dozen people lost their lives fighting over the mollusks.
18th-19th Century Subjects , Marine , Sailing, Clippers & Yachts