Limited Edition Prints of David T. Turnbaugh's Chesapeake Bay skipjack Series

Skipjacks are wooden boats designed for oyster dredging in the Chesapeake Bay. By law, skipjacks must work under sail three days a week. With their reliance on winds to reap their harvest, our hearts recall more wholesome days. Dave is working on a series of portraits to capture the simple elegance of the last remaining working skipjacks.

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Each series is a limited edition of 475 prints, signed and numbered by the artist.
Standard Edition $140; with Pencil Remarque $350; with Color Remarque $600.

Artist Proof $190; with Pencil Remarque $400; with Color Remarque $650.

Signed by the artist. Printed on the highest quality acid free paper.
Image size is approx. 19 1/2"  x 29 1/2", unless otherwise noted.




"Cold Front Winds"

The Skipjack Martha Lewis

10% of your purchase price from will be donated to the Chesapeake Heritage Conservancy to promote and preserve the Skipjack Martha Lewis.  


"Morning Breezes"

The Skipjack Howard

She was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.  


"Sunrise Rendevous at Baltimore Light"

The Skipjack H. M. Krentz

Sailing charters depart daily (Apr-Oct) from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels , Maryland (MD).  


"Heading Down Bay"

The Skipjack Mamie Mister

Her unique design is reportedly being dismantled for hopeful restoration by the Deal Island Skipjack Preservation group.  



"The Conversation"

The Skipjack Lady Katie

We believe she is still working the 2017-2918 sail dredging oyster season.  

"Rough Waters"

The Skipjack Sea Gull

She was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. 


"Near Sandy Point Lighthouse and Bay Bridge"

The Skipjack City of Crisfield

The Salisbury Daily Times recently reported that she is in dry dock with efforts underway to refurbish the famous vessel.


"Working the Choptank"

The Skipjack Minnie V

The Minnie V is featured as the working Skipjack in the Homicide: Life on the Street television series season 3 episode The Last of the Watermen.

The original oil is reproduced at 167/8 x 227/8 image size on 221/8 x 267/8 neutral pH, 100# dull coated cover stock.



"Morning Calm"

The Skipjack Elsworth

The Echo Hill Outdoor School rebuilt the Elsworth and she is now used solely for educational programs, helping students connect to the ecology and history of the Chesapeake Bay.

"Passing Thomas Point Lighthouse"

The Skipjack Kathryn

According to the Kathryn is sailing again after undergoing an extensive restoration with the help of Coastal Heritage Alliance. She is privately owned and is a working dredge boat..

Save Our Skipjacks:
When you purchase a skipjack print from this page,  a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit charities devoted to preserving and promoting the legacy of the Chesapeake Skipjacks.

David T. Turnbaugh is earnestly concerned with the plight of the Chesapeake Bay skipjack. In the early eighties, Dave recognized that these once common light, sailed oyster boats were in trouble.

In the early 20th century, there were about 1,000 'jacks working the Bay. Today there are only about 20 skipjacks left. Most are more than eighty years old. In addition, the oysters they depend on are in decline due to disease, pollution and over-harvesting.

Dave is in the process of painting a portrait of each of the remaining skipjacks and publishing a limited edition print of each. Dave believes this project will bring attention to the vanishing skipjack, a true icon of Chesapeake history. In order to raise awareness and financial aid, Dave donated his original work to the Maryland Historical Society and granted the use of the image in their S.O.S. ("Save our Skipjacks") poster.


Learn more about the skipjack heritage and the remaining fleet, including those designated National Landmarks by clicking here.


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