Authentic South
9:55 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Ooker On Tangier Island

James "Ooker" Eskridge grew up on Tangier Island, is a waterman by trade, and has been the mayor for the last 7 years.
James "Ooker" Eskridge grew up on Tangier Island, is a waterman by trade, and has been the mayor for the last 7 years.
Credit Tanner Latham

This episode features James “Ooker” Eskridge, a waterman who has lived on Tangier Island, Virginia, his whole life. Ooker talks about being the Chesapeake Bay island’s mayor (population 450), the dwindling interest in working in the seafood industry, and the island’s distinct Cornwall, England-tinged accent.

Crab shanties.
Crab shanties.
Credit Tanner Latham
Soft shell crab.
Soft shell crab.
Credit Tanner Latham