The Slips hosts Huron Jewel, linking Kinsale past and present

To commemorate the visit, The Slips marina hosted an exhibit featuring schooners and Kinsale Harbor scenes from 1908-1920.

A recent visit by the schooner Huron Jewel connected the Kinsale community with its heritage.

At the time, schooners were prevalent throughout the Chesapeake Bay transporting goods between river ports. Their design, with fore and aft sails, narrow drafts and requiring a relatively small crew, made them ideal working vessels to navigate coastal creeks and rivers, reported Annie Arnest, who now operates the marina.

Kinsale was one of the primary ports in the Northern Neck at the turn of the century, and goods like tomatoes, wheat, salt fish, oyster shells and lumber were carried away on schooners. From 1915-1925,nine captains lived and worked out of Kinsale….

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