Ada Fears
Specifications:
Length on Deck: 35'6"
Overall Length: 55'
Beam: 12'
Mast Height: 50'
Draft: 2'10"
Engine: Westerbeeke 108 Diesel

Funded in part by a grant from
The Lower Shore Heritage Area Council

Ada Fears

picture taken from aboard the Ada Fears

The Ada Fears is one of the most beautiful examples of a rapidly dwindling fleet of Chesapeake Bay Skipjacks left in good operating condition, and one of just a few Skipjacks on the upper Chesapeake Bay. The Ada Fears is a classic Chesapeake Bay Skipjack, built on Maryland's Eastern Shore in Oxford. Her specifications are:

Length on Deck: 35'6"
Overall Length: 55'
Beam: 12'
Mast Height: 50'
Draft: 2'10"
Engine: Westerbeeke 108 Diesel

She was built in 1968 by Applegarth's Boatyard in Oxford, Maryland as a three sail bateau for cruising the Bay. She is believed to be the last true skipjack built by this yard. In the late 1970's she was converted to a skipjack sail plan, and decked out as an oyster dredger.

Clarke Reed bought her and did some restoration work on her including the mast and transom. She was worked as an oyster dredge boat by Capt. Jim McGlincy during the early 1980's at which time she sailed the Chesapeake under the name Lady Agnes. The Lady almost went down under the weight of it's cargo and Capt. McGlincy gave her up. He now owns and charters the Schooner Kathryn M. Lee.

Mr. Kirk Irwin bought her in June 1991 with a thought of chartering her for day sails, and began a major overhaul including:

  • New fir deck beams and marine plywood decking, covered with two sheets of fiberglass New shear planking and clamp rail New railing all around
  • New Oak/Stainless steel rubrail
  • New boom
  • New bowsprit
  • New stainless steel hull fasteners and skeg thrubolts
  • Center crossbeams
  • New wiring, running lights, depth sounder
  • New fuel tank

In July of 1998 Carl Oulton bought her. During the summer of 2000, Mr. Oulton replaced the mast with a new one made of Yellow Pine.

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