From 1886 to 2018, she held several careers, changed names, and locations. No, she wasn't in witness protection, she was a working vessel.
Today, she's one of 5 known remaining oyster Schooners in the country and is the oldest of the surviving.
Built in Mauricetown, New Jersey, the BOYD N. SHEPPARD was originally an Oyster freighter sailing the waters of Delaware Bay. The vessel was sold in 1909 to the Evans' brothers where she continued to work as the BOYD N. SHEPPARD until 1919. The Evans' brothers then renamed the schooner after their father an oysterman Isaac H. Evans. The ISAAC H. EVANS continued to work in the oyster industry for a great many years.
The ISAAC H. EVANS began its career as a Maine Windjammer having undergone a restoration by Captain Douglas & Captain Linda Lee. In 1991 she was designated a National Historic Landmark.
As Adam and Katie took over ownership and command of the vessel, they returned her back to her original name, the BOYD N. SHEPPARD, in hopes of invoking a spirit of her working past. Today, she is one of 5 known remaining oyster Schooners in the country and is the oldest of the surviving.