Skip to main content

Chesapeake Bay Deadrise

Virginia State Boat

Chesapeake Bay deadrise boat; public domain photo by Greg Vassilakos on Wikipedia.

Official State Boat of Virginia

Virginia designated the classic Chesapeake Bay Deadrise workboat as the official state boat in 1988. All State Boats

During the first half of the 20th Century, a fleet of Deadrise boats worked the Chesapeake Bay for oysters. Simple but elegant, the Chesapeake Bay Deadrise was built specifically to work the shallow, choppy waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. Many watermen built their own boats, with unique variations on the basic design (with differences in craftsmanship, materials, and detail).