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2003
Volume 2, Number 1
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THE ART OF OYSTERING
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A skipjack under sail. At the helm, Captain Art Daniels turns the wheel.

CAPTAIN ART DANIELS
When I was a boy, everything was sail here.

A waterman pulls up his straps. Then an aerial view of the skipjack.

CAPTAIN ART DANIELS
(continuing)
A dredge boat was what people depended on for their family, for their livelihood.

A close up of Captain Daniels.

CAPTAIN ART DANIELS
(continuing)
I love sailing. It's a challenge, an adventure.

The jib sail fills with wind.

CAPTAIN ART DANIELS
(continuing)
When the wind comes in the sails, the boat comes alive. It's the wind puts life in them.

The ship's boom swings slowly across as the skipjack changes course. Captain Daniels ducks under the boom and pulls on the boom ropes.

CAPTAIN ART DANIELS
(continuing)
You learn so much about your boat when you're sailing. You can learn just what she'll do. And you learn all about it and all her tricks and every little thing you need to know about it.

Captain Daniels yells to his crew.

CAPTAIN ART DANIELS
(continuing)
See if it's any better this time.

Watermen throw a dredge overboard. Then stand waiting for the dredge to gather oysters. Wide view of the skipjack.

CAPTAIN ART DANIELS
(continuing)
My father had dredge boats. That's where I started out with him.

Watermen start pulling up the dredge.

CAPTAIN ART DANIELS
(continuing)
Went to work with him when I was 17. I didn't get to finish school. I had to quit school. Times were bad.

Watermen on deck start culling through oysters.

CAPTAIN ART DANIELS
(continuing)
We didn't make much, because nobody had anything then. But we were happy that's the main thing.

Captain Daniels at the wheel as another skipjack passes by.

CAPTAIN ART DANIELS
(continuing)
I started out as a little boy and I fell in love with the water.

Side view of his skipjack, City of Crisfield.

CAPTAIN ART DANIELS
(continuing)
At 26 I decided I wanted a boat of my own. I got the boat I've got now, the City of Crisfield, and I've had it ever since, going on 51 years.

Aerial view of the skipjack dredging oysters.

CAPTAIN ART DANIELS
(continuing)
If all this was public and you and I and anybody can get licenses and go work at it, that's what his country is all about.

Watermen pulling up another dredge full of oysters.

CAPTAIN ART DANIELS
(continuing)
That was a way of life.

Captain Daniels at the wheel.

CAPTAIN ART DANIELS
(continuing)
Summertime I crab, wintertime I oyster. That's all I do, that's all I've ever done.

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