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

  • Brian “Wes” Marks

    Brian “Wes” Marks

    A typical cruise aboard Sable will last 3 to 4 hours and will introduce our guests to the wonders of the Chesapeake Bay. After a quick tour of Deltaville Harbor, we head out into the waters of the Rappahannock River and Chesapeake Bay. We’ll cruise by the remains of 2 offshore lighthouses, stop at the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail interpretive buoy, and discuss the history of the area.

    Location: Deltaville, 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

  • J.C. Hudgins

    J.C. Hudgins

    Experience the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay and the scenic rivers and creeks of Mathews County, VA aboard the “Risky Business II” with Captain “J.C.” Hudgins.

    Location: Mathews, VA

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