For centuries, watermen have worked the creeks and rivers of tidewater Virginia, bringing the best the Chesapeake Bay region has to offer to markets nationwide. Now, through the watermen’s heritage tour program, visitors to Virginia can experience the time-honored history and traditions of our working watermen up-close and personal.

Explore these pages and find the perfect tour for you and your family or group. Once you decide on a destination, contact our participating captains directly to create your own personal Chesapeake Bay experience. Come and see the Bay through the eyes of an authentic working waterman, experience their culture and history and hear their individual stories (and take home a few of your own to cherish for years to come)!

Welcome home to tidewater Virginia – we look forward to seeing you out on the water.

Meet the Captains

  • Chris Ludford

    Chris Ludford

    Captain Ludford comes from a family of working watermen and was himself a commercial crabber before starting his own business growing farm-raised oysters for local restaurants in the area.

    Location: Virginia Beach, VA

  • Danny Crabbe

    Danny Crabbe

    Captain Danny Crabbe is a third generation waterman with over 50 years of experience working on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

    Location: Heathsville, VA

  • Barry Frishman

    Barry Frishman

    Irreplaceable. Barry Frishman is the elder statesman of team penn, is a former oystermen and tugboat captain, who spends his summers in Virginia leading eco-tours so that during the winter months he can afford to perform relief work

    Location: Chincoteague Island, VA

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