Capt. Hunter Davidson ca 1964. Davidson, commander of Maryland’s State Fishery Force, was tasked with managing the harvest of the state’s supply of shellfish during the infamous Oyster Wars until 1872.
Davidson, a Union Civil War hero, was in command of the Leila, an iron hull, side-wheel steamer built in Baltimore that was one of several “Oyster Navy” vessels. He fought the rampant poaching “oyster pirates” with great valor and determination despite being clearly outnumbered.
After resigning in disgust in 1872 when the frenzy over the Maryland oysters reached a peak of killing and mayhem, Davidson moved to Argentina and joined the Argentine Navy.