Maritime Annapolis: A History of Watermen, Sails and Midshipmen

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With fortunes that have ebbed and flowed with the tides, Annapolis has graced the banks of the Severn River and the Chesapeake Bay since the seventeenth century. Generations have worked the docks, sailed its waters and hunted for Chesapeake Gold?oysters?even as the city became home to a proud military tradition in the United States Naval Academy. Local author Rosemary F. Williams presents a vivid image of Annapolis with tales of violent skirmishes between the dashing Captain Waddell and crews of outlaw oyster ...
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Overview

With fortunes that have ebbed and flowed with the tides, Annapolis has graced the banks of the Severn River and the Chesapeake Bay since the seventeenth century. Generations have worked the docks, sailed its waters and hunted for Chesapeake Gold—oysters—even as the city became home to a proud military tradition in the United States Naval Academy. Local author Rosemary F. Williams presents a vivid image of Annapolis with tales of violent skirmishes between the dashing Captain Waddell and crews of outlaw oyster poachers, the crabbing rage of the twentieth century, feisty shipwright Benjamin Sallier and the city’s Golden Age of Sailing. Williams’s fluid prose and stunning vintage images chronicle the maritime history of this capital city and reveal its residents’ deep connection to the ever-shifting waters.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596296596
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/19/2009
  • Series: American Chronicles
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 776,421
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosemary Freitas Williams is an award-winning journalist with over thirty years’ experience covering local, national and international news. She is the proud recipient of numerous journalism awards, including a National Emmy for team coverage of the attacks of September 11, 2001. As executive producer of news for MSNBC for several years, Rosemary supervised news coverage of Washington, D.C., and politics for the twenty-four-hour news channel. Rosemary is also a professional watercolor artist and a member of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, the Annapolis Maritime Museum, the Anne Arundel Historical Society, the Maryland Federation of Art, the Maryland Plein Air Painters Association, Art Between the Creeks and the Eastport Business Association. Rosemary lives in Eastport, Annapolis, with her husband, John, a retired U.S. Marine, and two black lab–mix dogs, Samantha and Princess Buttercup.
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Table of Contents

Preface 9

Introduction 11

Chapter 1 From Waterfront Wilderness to City Dock 16

Annapolis on the Map-Official Port of Entry 16

Shipwrights and Colonial Annapolis 18

1800s-A Slow Revival 25

City Dock, Fish Market and Market House 28

Chapter 2 The Watermen: Annapolis Frontiersmen 32

Seafood's Humble Beginnings 32

The Guts and Grit of the Early Watermen 36

Only on the Chesapeake-The Oystermen's Boats 39

"Ars'tarin'"-Annapolis's Gold Rush 42

Oyster Laws v. The Mad Oyster Rush 43

Annapolis Water Lawmen-The Maryland Oyster Navy 47

Slavery on the Water 49

Oyster Packers and Shuckers 51

Crabbing Takes Hold 56

The Other Bay Bounty-Fish and Clams 59

Chapter 3 Water Roads to Pleasure Boating 61

Annapolis Ferries-Transportation to Excursions 63

"The Sailing Capital" 67

Boating-Not Just for Work Anymore 71

Annapolis's Golden Age of Sail 73

The Fate of the America 80

Trumpy's Luxury Yachts 83

Chapter 4 Annapolis in Wartime and the United States Naval Academy 86

Colonial Annapolis Goes to War 87

A Temporary Peace 90

The U.S. Naval Academy Rescues Annapolis 90

Civil War and the Naval Academy 93

Annapolis and the World Wars 97

The Naval Academy Grows 103

The Navy's Hometown 105

Midshipmen on the Water 107

Conclusion 111

Notes 115

About the Author 127

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  • Posted July 24, 2009

    Fantastic reading entertainment!

    Maritime Annapolis is a great account of the history of the happenings in Annapolis. The stories are captivating. The pictures make one feel as though they are in that time period, living every detailed moment which is written so well. I am very glad that I bought this book. This is a great read. I look forward to visiting the interesting seaport of Annapolis soon!

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