Photos of Chesapeake Bay Oyster Buyboats by the following individuals
Daniel,          Stacie,           Drum Bay Photo Co. ,          A. Bodine,           Ron Ingram,     Kip Brundage,

M.K.Miles    Wood Brothers II Restoration     Photos from the Ward Brothers Family Album
Home Port
Dumfries, Virginia
Tims Rivershore
Motor Vessel PropWash
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PropWash started her previous life in 1925 as the "Agnes Sterling" a Chesapeake Bay Oyster Buy Boat. Built by Linwood P. Price of Amburg, Virginia at his shipyard on fishing bay now called Deagle's for John E. Sterling and named after his daughter Agnes Sterling.

PropWash has had three name changes, Agnes Sterling >>1925/1966, Wayne Christy >>1966/1990, Old Squaw >>1990/2006 and PropWash>> 2006/.

PropWash was rebuilt and renovation in 1995 by Ralph W. Stanley Boats and Hinckley Yachts in Southwest Harbor, Maine to convert her from the oyster buyboat configuration to a Cruising Motor Yacht. 1997/98 completed  a 9,000+ mile journey.
Current layout now has staterooms port and starboard in the after section of forward hole, salon with galley seating for eight just forward of the after state rooms, another state room is located just forward of salon on the starboard side, with the shower and head just aft of the chain locker. Juke box is located starboard in salon.

The forward part of the pilot house was kept traditional with the standard five windows, four of which slide down behind the helm station. Original helm with large original wooden wheel. Everything aft of the wheel in the pilot house was upgraded during the conversion in Southwest Harbor, Maine.
1925 Chesapeake Bay Oyster Buyboat #225056
PropWash's new documented home port is Dumfries, Virginia. PropWash is currently docked at Tim's Rivershore Restaurant & Crabhouse, 1510 Cherry Hill Road, Dumfries Virginia  and will be making trips to Tim's II at Fairview Beach, King George, Virginia on some weekends.

During the winter PropWash is berthed at Hampton's Landing Marina on Neabsco Creek or at Prince William Marina in Woodbridge, Virginia when the Potomac River freezes. PropWash is owned by David Wright & Brenda Caricofe. Home Port Photos taken in Dumfries Virginia.

PropWash is one of the few remaining oyster buyboats or sometime called deckboats still underway on the Chesapeake Bay. It is estimated that 40+ oyster buyboats/deckboats remain afloat.  Larry Chowning book on Chesapeake Bay Buyboats tells about the builders, original owners and life aboard while working on the Chesapeake Bay and Rivers.

The Chesapeake Bay Buyboat Association  is a group of individuals comprised of owners and non owners who strive to keep a part of history alive by promoting and showing the remaining oyster buyboats to the public. Use the link above to find out more about the association and see the accomplishments and port of calls planned for the future. The 2010 Reunion tour will start in Reedville, Virginia and follow with a tour up the Potomac River to DC.
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