Baltimore Harbor: A Pictorial History / Edition 3

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This newly revised and expanded edition of Baltimore Harbor provides a lively, heavily illustrated history of a vital American port that connects the Chesapeake Bay with the rest of the world.

Using photographs, historic illustrations, and stories, Robert Keith traces the harbor's fascinating history. An ideal hub for the bay's network of paddlewheel steamers, the working port grew quickly alongside the shipbuilding industry at Fells Point and Federal Hill. This growth continued as the nation's first public carrier railroad, the Baltimore and Ohio, linked the wharves of the Patapsco River with the coal fields of Appalachia and the towns and farms of the Midwest.

Today Baltimore harbor is better known for trendy shops than container ships. Tourists strolling the sidewalks of Harborplace are probably unaware of the port's colorful past—and its important role in contemporary maritime commerce. Keith's book connects the harbor's vibrant present with its storied, equally energetic past.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Baltimore Magazine

This fascinating book recounts the city's rich maritime history. Discussed are the famous Baltimore clipper ships that dominated trade in the early 1800s, the World War II liberty ships that poured from the city's shipyards, and today's waterfront.

Baltimore Sun
The harbor is a lot more than the Harborplace. The book takes you from the pleasure creeks off the Patapsco River—Bodkin, Rock and Stony creeks—around the harbor to Hart and Miller islands. Keith then gives their histories and how they have changed over the years.

— Lisa DeNike

Jacques Kelly

For those of us who know the harbor from the rail of the Patriot or the walks around Federal Hill, this volume is indispensable and long overdue... There are indeed plenty of excellent photos, an effective blend of old, not-so-old, and new pictures showing all the fingers of the Patapsco. It is also a well-composed history, documented by dates and facts, of the wrecks, fires, maritime successes, and mishaps that are so often recalled, but too often forgotten... (the detailed maps) are the best collection I've ever seen of the Patapsco.

Baltimore Sun - Lisa DeNike

The harbor is a lot more than the Harborplace. The book takes you from the pleasure creeks off the Patapsco River—Bodkin, Rock and Stony creeks—around the harbor to Hart and Miller islands. Keith then gives their histories and how they have changed over the years.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801879807
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 3/4/2005
  • Edition description: third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 1,464,253
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert C. Keith, a long-time Fells Point resident, is the author of several books and founding editor of the Africa Report and Ocean World magazines. He served for thirteen years as editor and director of the Los Angeles Times/Washington Post News Service.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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