Original Author: Unknown
Created: ca. 1900
Medium: Photographic print

Oyster Tongers

This circa 1900 photograph shows a number of Black watermen on the Chesapeake Bay wielding hand tongs—long scissor-like wooden poles used to harvest oysters. The low-slung boats, called Chesapeake Bay log canoes, were probably part of the fishing fleet owned by J.S. Darling & Son Oyster Packers in Hampton.