Come dockside and visit the Skipjack Wilma Lee. Berthed at the historic Ocracoke Community Square dock, the Skipjack Wilma Lee is a beautifully restored 50-foot wooden boat from a bygone era. One of only a few remaining Chesapeake Bay Skipjacks, the Wilma Lee is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Built in Wingate, Maryland, in 1940 by Bronza Parks and restored in 2002, the Wilma Lee was then donated to Ocracoke Alive Inc, an Ocracoke based non-profit organization dedicated to arts and education. Skipjacks were single-purpose, sloop-rigged oystering boats with a huge sail plan for pulling oyster dredges through the rich oyster beds of Chesapeake Bay. As the oyster beds of the Chesapeake were depleted and decimated by disease, skipjacks moved south where they were used and built by Albemarle and Pamlico sound watermen.
Though not an Ocracoke boat in origin, the Wilma Lee holds the spirit of hard work and adventure that characterizes the oystering trade then and now. Step back to the time of sail power and visit the Wilma Lee.
Stop by for free dockside talks aboard the Wilma Lee this summer. For more information, call 252-928-SAIL or visit www.ocracokealive.org.