Legendary Skipjack Captain "Daddy Art" Remembered

The Chesapeake Bay community says good-bye to its oldest waterman, Captain Arthur Daniel. He passed away last week at the age of 95.

Photo: Brice Stump

Photo: Brice Stump

Nicknamed "Daddy Art," Captain Daniel was a skipjack captain for 80 years on Maryland's Eastern Shore, and an original member of the Eastern Shore Waterman's Hall of Fame.

He was born in Wenona, on Deal Island, August 24, 1921, where he lived all his life.

Chesapeake Bay Magazine profiled Daniels last winter...read it here.

About a dozen skipjacks still operate on the Bay, and Daniel owned his, the City of Crisfield,  longer than anyone.

Here is an interview with Captain Daniel telling his incredible story to the Department of Natural Resources back in 2014:

"Daddy Art" leaves behind children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and even several great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hinman Funeral Home in Princess Anne, in memory of "Daddy Art" to help defray funeral costs. 

Megan Viviano