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THEN: In 1943, a skipjack, a sloop-rigged sailboat, dredges the Chesapeake Bay for oysters. The boat started replacing the bugeye as the choice for harvesting oysters in the late 19th century because the skipjack was cheaper and smaller. (Baltimore Sun file photo 1943)

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NOW: Hector Meduena, left, and Kevin Covey of Chesapeake Gold Oysters pull an oyster cage from Tar Bay off Hoopers Island while working aboard a modern-day fishing boat commonly used in harvesting oysters. (Kim Hairston, Baltimore Sun photo 2013)

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