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Ice Has Watermen Stuck on Shore

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- The men who work the water have been forced out by the ice.

Cambridge Creek was looking more like a scene from New England on Thursday, with dozens of boats trapped unmoving in the ice.  Every day those boats are stuck in the ice is another day that the watermen can't make a living.

One of the boats stuck is the historic skipjack Rebecca T Ruark.  Her captain, Wade Murphy, says despite those lost days at work, watermen are doing okay,

"It's been a good season. The price was good this year, and there's some oyster to catch, so it's been good this year." said Murphy.

Another waterman trapped on shore is Scott Todd, who was battling the ice on Monday as it spread across Maryland's rivers and the Chesapeake Bay.

"To me it was unbelievable how thick it had built up with the wind layer upon layer and we had a little bit of trouble getting through it to get back to the marina where we keep the boats." said Todd.

Craig Mende said he was barely able to get back on shore Tuesday night, and has been stuck ever since.  He hasn't seen ice like this in years.

"At least seven or eight years, 10 years, it's been a while.  This is a lot of ice, there's no water anywhere," said Mende.

Murphy said that in 1977, watermen lost seven weeks of work due to a thick layer of ice on the bay.  He hopes the warm temperatures this weekend will break up the ice, so he can take the Ruark out oystering again by the middle of next week.

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