Maritime Maryland: A History

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Harvested for food, harnessed for power, and home to more than 3,600 species of plants, fish, and animals, the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries have long been essential to the sustainability and survival of the region’s populations. Historian William S. Dudley explores that history in an engaging and comprehensive account of Maryland’s storied maritime heritage.

Dudley paints a vivid picture of Maryland’s maritime past in its broadest scope, exploring the complex and nuanced ...

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Harvested for food, harnessed for power, and home to more than 3,600 species of plants, fish, and animals, the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries have long been essential to the sustainability and survival of the region’s populations. Historian William S. Dudley explores that history in an engaging and comprehensive account of Maryland’s storied maritime heritage.

Dudley paints a vivid picture of Maryland’s maritime past in its broadest scope, exploring the complex and nuanced interactions of humans, land, and water through descriptions of shipbuilding, steam technology, agricultural pollution, commercial and passenger transportation, naval campaigns, watermen, crabbing, and oystering. He also discusses the evolution of recreational boating—yachting, cruising, and racing—and the role of underwater archaeology in uncovering the bay's shipwrecks. These interactions become chapters in the larger story of Maryland’s waterways, a story that Dudley tells through insightful prose and stunning illustrations.

This rich history of Maryland's waterways reveals how human enterprise has affected—and been affected by—the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Pirates and Privateers
Readable overview that serves as a good introduction to a vital part of this state's history and commerce... an important resource for any maritime collection.

— Cindy Vallar

The Lone Star
This book will make a very nice addition to your maritime library.
Choice

A poetic dedication to the state and its maritime traditions... Including superbly reproduced color and black-and-white images, this book will hold appeal for many.

Maritime Archaeological and Historical Society
Maritime Maryland is not merely a coffee-table book, although it would grace any coffee table. It is an absorbing, interesting study that is fact-filled but not fact-driven. The text is well-written, consistently paced, and easy to read. The book has a pleasing design. It is adequately illustrated but not cluttered with pictures... It is a clearly written, perceptive and well-rounded study of a people and their relationship with the water.

— Dennis Knepper

International Journal of Nautical Archaeology
An enjoyable and an enlightening read.

— Claire P. Dappert

MAHSNews
An absorbing, interesting study that is fact-filled, well-written, consistently paced, and easy to read.

— Dennis Knepper

Sea Classics
The Free State of Maryland played a notable part throughout the War of 1812, but it also has a rich history aside from that pivotal era, and is nowhere better defined than in this new, stellar work.
Nautical Research Journal
A fine piece of scholarship... deserves to be welcomed by students of both maritime history and current issues in cultural resource and environmental management. And it deserves an audience far beyond the state of Maryland.

— John A. Tilley

Pirates and Privateers - Cindy Vallar
Readable overview that serves as a good introduction to a vital part of this state's history and commerce... an important resource for any maritime collection.
Maritime Archaeological and Historical Society - Dennis Knepper
An absorbing, interesting study that is fact-filled, well-written, consistently paced, and easy to read.
International Journal of Nautical Archaeology - Claire P. Dappert
An enjoyable and an enlightening read.
Nautical Research Journal - John A. Tilley
A fine piece of scholarship... deserves to be welcomed by students of both maritime history and current issues in cultural resource and environmental management. And it deserves an audience far beyond the state of Maryland.
Choice
A poetic dedication to the state and its maritime traditions... Including superbly reproduced color and black-and-white images, this book will hold appeal for many.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801894756
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 9/16/2010
  • Edition description: 20
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

William S. Dudley has long been associated with the naval and maritime history of Maryland and currently serves in positions with the Maryland Historical Society, the Naval Historical Foundation, and Sea History magazine. He is the historian general of the Naval Order of the United States and is author and editor of numerous works, including Naval War of 1812: A Documentary History, James Fenimore Cooper’s Ned Myers, or A Life before the Mast, and The Early Republic and the Sea: Essays on the Naval and Maritime History of the Early United States. Dr. Dudley was director of the Naval Historical Center in Washington, D.C., from 1995 to 2004.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter One Colonial Maritime Heritage 1

Chapter Two From the Revolutionary War to the War of 1812 18

Chapter Three The War of 1812 in Chesapeake Bay 33

Chapter Four The Surge of Maritime Baltimore under Sail and Steam 61

Chapter Five Civil War on Chesapeake Bay 97

Chapter Six Oysters, Crabs, Fish, and Watermen 110

Chapter Seven Maritime Commerce after the Civil War 135

Chapter Eight The Decline of Working Sail 148

Chapter Nine The Growth of Recreational Boating 165

Chapter Ten Naval Installations on Chesapeake Bay 194

Chapter Eleven Maritime Archaeology and Cultural Resources 210

Epilogue Our Diminishing Maritime Environment 232

Notes 237

Glossary of Nautical Terms 259

Essay on Sources 265

Index 282

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