Claude W. Somers (skipjack)

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Claude W. Somers
Builder: W. Thomas Young
Launched: 1911
General characteristics
Tonnage: NRT
Length: 42 ft 6 in (12.95 m)
Beam: 14 ft (4.3 m)
Depth: 3 ft (0.91 m)
Claude W. Somers
Claude W. Somers (skipjack) is located in Virginia
Claude W. Somers (skipjack)
Location 504 Main St., Reedville, Virginia
Coordinates 37°50′37″N 76°16′36″W / 37.84361°N 76.27667°W / 37.84361; -76.27667Coordinates: 37°50′37″N 76°16′36″W / 37.84361°N 76.27667°W / 37.84361; -76.27667
Built 1911
Architectural style Other
Governing body Private
MPS Chesapeake Bay Skipjack Fleet TR[1]
NRHP Reference # 85001085 (MD), 05000526(VA)
VLR # 066-5049
Significant dates
Added to NRHP 16 May 1985 (MD), 7 October 2005 (VA)[3]
Designated VLR March 16, 2005[2]

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]

She was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Maryland in 1985 and in Virginia in 2005.[3]


  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. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  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.