Billy Hooper, owner of William’s Wharf Oyster Company is honored to be featured in the January 2018 issue of National Fisherman magazine! National Fisherman is an online resource for commercial fishing professionals, providing access to the latest news and information about the industry in a single place. National Fisherman is part of a network of leading commercial marine media produced by Diversified Business Communications, which also includes Pacific Marine Expo, WorkBoat magazine, and the International WorkBoat Show.
Chief was featured in the April, 1993 issue of Nation Fisherman, for building traditional Chesapeake dead rise boats in Mathews, VA. As the article explains, “Chief” was a nickname given to Billy’s father while he was a Chief in the United States Coast Guard. And after retiring, the nickname just stuck. He settled in Mathews, VA after being stationed close by and falling in love with the beautiful and serene Mobjack Bay. For Billy to be featured in the same publication 25 years later is both an honor and an amazing way to carry on the Hooper legacy.
The article, talks about our Chesapeake deadrise, Miss Robin and the effort that Billy’s father, “Chief,” took to make the boat originally. It follows up by detailing the process that our owner Billy went through to find, purchase and restore the vessel. This boat is very special to owner Billy Hooper, and was originally constructed by his father in 1986. This Deadrise is the first boat that Chief constructed, and Billy remembers assisting him while he was visiting home from college. Together with his sons and the help of Johnny, who works on the oyster farm, Billy has completely restored Miss Robin and she now regularly takes clients around the property for tours and occasionally to check on the oysters. Billy is even working on installing a racing engine.
Miss Robin is more than just a boat to everyone at William’s Wharf Oyster Company, and this article encompasses that completely. The story of Miss Robin, represents everything that we stand for at William’s Wharf Oyster Company: history, family and tradition. We’ll be posting updates about the progress of Miss Robin’s future racing career, and plenty of other exciting news happening around William’s Wharf Oyster Company. So make sure to follow us on Facebook & keep checking our website for more articles!
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