Claude W. Somers (skipjack)

Claud W. Somers is a Chesapeake Bay skipjack, built in 1911 in Young's Creek, Virginia, by W. Thomas Young of Parksley, who also built Bernice J.. She is ported at the Reedville Fisherman's Museum in Reedville, Virginia. In 1977 Claude W. Somers was struck by a squall near Hooper Strait Light, leaving six drowned, including her owner-captain.[4][5]

Claude W. Somers
Docking at Reedville next to another boat
Builder: W. Thomas Young
Launched: 1911
General characteristics
Tonnage: 6 NRT
Length: 42 ft 6 in (12.95 m)
Beam: 14 ft (4.3 m)
Depth: 3 ft (0.91 m)
Claude W. Somers
Location504 Main St., Reedville, Virginia
Coordinates37°50′37″N 76°16′36″W
Architectural styleOther
MPSChesapeake Bay Skipjack Fleet TR[1]
NRHP reference #85001085 (MD), 05000526(VA)
VLR #066-5049
Significant dates
Added to NRHP16 May 1985 (MD), 7 October 2005 (VA)[2]
Designated VLRMarch 16, 2005[3]

She was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Maryland in 1985 and in Virginia in 2005.[2] She is an exhibit at the Reedville Fishermen's Museum in Reedville, Virginia.[6]


  1. Hayward, Mary Ellen, Dr (December 1984). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form / Chesapeake Bay Skipjack Fleet" (pdf). National Park Service. Retrieved 2012-10-24.
  2. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  3. "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  4. "Claude W. Somers". Maryland Historical Trust. 2008-06-14. Retrieved 2012-10-26.
  5. Haynie, Wendell G.; McRae, Jean (August 2005). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Claude W. Somers" (pdf). Virginia Department of Historic Resources.
    "National Register Nomination: Claud Somers Skipjack, Northumberland County". Virginia Department of Historic Resources.
  6. "The Claud W. Somers". Reedville Fishermen's Museum. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
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