The skipjack ADA MAE was built in 1915 in Rose Bay, NC by Captain Ralph Hodges. Skipjacks were built primarily to dredge for oysters on the Chesapeake Bay. In the early 20th century, many skipjacks came south to dredge for oysters in the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, and coastal waters of North Carolina.
Skipjacks have a shallow draft and are ideal for work in shallow coastal waters. Local North Carolina watermen began building skipjacks to be used for dredging oysters and "she-crabs" in the winter and carrying produce and lumber in the summer. Almost one thousand skipjacks were built. Today only a few of these distinctive vessels remain.
ADA MAE is the only one of these remaining skipjacks that was built in North Carolina. She is a true North Carolina treasure and the only surviving working sail vessel built and still being used in our state.