The name “skipjack” is said to have been derived from fish, such as the skipjack mackerel or skipjack tuna, that jump in and out of the water because these boats can sometimes resemble the fish as they come about quickly making continuous passes or “licks” over oyster beds. Another possible origin of the name is an archaic English word meaning “inexpensive yet useful servant”.
https://oystercatcher.com/skipjack-history/ Sail the Chesapeake Bay Aboard The Historic Skipjack H.M. Krentz
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