"The Museum campus is the site of the last remaining oyster packing plant in the area, the McNasby's Oyster Packing Company. The McNasby building was severely damaged by Hurricane Isabel in 2003, but has been restored, thanks to community support, as the Bay Experience Center -- an interactive facility like no other."
But wait, that's not all. Once back on land, we split again, this time into two groups. During one shift, we visited inside the Maritime Museum and learned the history of the oyster industry through their new exhibit "Oysters on the Half Shell" with volunteers who had actually lived the oystering life "back in the day" as a boys right there in Eastport. During the other shift, we learned about "Oystering Today," seeing life through the eyes of a riverman whose current livelihood is crabbing, oystering, and fishing the Chesapeake Bay. Seeing the "short" 16-foot oyster hand tongs were a big hit among the kids. (As for the teachers, our delight was when he emphasized that the kids needed math every day--whether in his job or any other...so like it or not, math was here to stay, so you might as well get used to it--not to mention, get good at it!)
Header picture from the Annapolis Maritime Museum's homepage: http://www.amaritime.org/ . "Olly the Oyster" book cover picture from http://www.ollytheoyster.com/%20.