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A Sense of Rachel Carson
Part one of the Ecology Pioneer’s Chesapeake writing.
A Sense of Rachel Carson pt.2
Annapolis User's Guide: Diversions and Attractions
You may not recognize it during the boat shows, but this is Annapolis at its busy best--and it's your oyster.
Annapolis User's Guide: On the Waterfront
Annapolis User's Guide: Restaurants
In the early 1930s, a sailboat brought a young couple to St. Michaels. So began a love affair with the region that sparked the Chesapeake's first museum dedicated to the Bay. [7.04 issue]
Beauty and the Beasts
Don't let the bikini fool you, Dr. Julie Ball means business when it comes to game fishing.
Best of the Bay 2009
Best of the Bay 2010
Best of the Bay 2011
Best of the Bay 2012
Results for our annual Best of the Bay survey and photo contest.
Between a Rock and a . . . 350-Pound Oyster Tong
In this excerpt from a new memoir by Maryland’s “waterman in chief,” Larry Simns of Rock Hall, we learn that even a hard-headed, hard-charging young waterman can be knocked out of the game, if only temporarily, by 350 careening pounds of oyster tong.
Maryland's law regulating development around the Bay garners criticism from all quarters. [2.08 issue]
Flight of the Buccaneer
He was flying high with Dad, until they landed on the Chester and promptly ran aground--with a crowd of picnickers watching.
From Water to Wine
A guide to wineries around the Bay that we think will be easiest to get to by boat.
Going with the Grain
Creating model kits of historic Bay boats keeps Tom Willey's heart on the water and his feet in wood shavings. [10.05 issue]
Got a Light?
They're the ultimate in waterfront real estate, and historic to boot. But owning a decommissioned Chesapeake lighthouse is not for the faint of heart . . . or wallet.
Have Wet Lab, Will Travel
Custom-built for science, and for shallow water, the Solomons-based
is the go-to vessel for Bay researchers of every stripe.
Iron Chef: Battle Chesapeake!
Our resident food-obsessed boater, managing editor Ann Levelle, makes the rounds to the cook-off competitions around the Bay--and gives us all the details on four of the Bay's biggest (and tastiest) cook-offs. [4.10 issue]
Let There Be Pirates!
The roar of cannon! The panic of invasion! What could be more glorious than Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend in Rock Hall? Aargh! [7.11 issue]
Of Time & Tide
When an unusually low tide revealed a treasure trove of empty bottles, the neighborhood kids saw cash on the barrelhead. [3.04 issue]
Perfect Partnership: Dick and Dixie Goertemiller
Dick and Dixie Goertemiller have spent decades cruising the Bay, sharing their lives and stories with loyal readers of Chesapeake Bay Magazine.
In its two-decade rollout of laws protecting the Bay's edges, Virginia puts the onus on designated Tidewater towns and counties. [4.08 issue]
Pick 'Em Like the Pros
Nobody liberates the lump meat faster than a professional crab picker. Want to see how they do it? . . . Want to see it again? [6.05 issue]
Remembering Mr. Goertemiller
We take a look at the wonderful watercolor paintings of Dick Goertemiller, which graced the pages of CBM for over 40 years.
Reporting for Duty
Dad was an Eastern Shore poultry man; mom was a reporter for the Sun. Is it any wonder Tom Horton ended up writing about Bay country? [1.08 issue]
Rock Hall's Red Glare
A spectacular high-tech fireworks display is only the jumping off point to Rock Hall's big-time, small-town Independence Day celebration that includes an uber-fireworks display, an old school parade and a day to honor its watermen. [7.10 issue]
The Electric Slide
Dodging hurricanes, sunken rocks and food poisoning, the author celebrates middle age with a solo cruise on an electric boat. It’s a trip he’s not likely to forget.
The Great Used Boat Stuff Throw-Down
Can the Chesapeake Bay compete with Florida, home of the all-you-can-eat nautical flea market buffet? [12.07 issue]
The Homecoming Queen
What does it take to get a 90-year-old Chesapeake Bay buyboat home from the Caribbean? A lot of ocean miles and a little bit of madness.
The Magic of Oz
No yellow brick road or Emerald City in this tale, but there is a Dorothy, a Toto and companions a’plenty, launched on an epic crusade to keep a family boat afloat after its skipper has passed away.
The Watermen's Jamboree
Once a year, in midwinter, watermen from up and down the East Coast get together to talk fishing, form alliances and have fun--not necessarily in that order. [12.07 issue]
What Lies Beneath
Manmade structures from modern to ancient, vast to humble, lie under the surface of the Bay. [10.07 issue]
Chesapeake Bay History
Cruises Mainly in the Past
In 1909, the Barrie Brothers published a book on their Bay cruises. one hundred years later, it's still the best you can find. [11.09 issue]
Cruises Mainly in the Past Part II
At the turn of the last century, yachting brothers Robert and George Barrie, scions of a wealthy Philadelphia publishing family, were among the first to sing the praises of the Chesapeake Bay in print. One hundred years later, their tune is as beguiling as ever--and, you'll find, quite familiar. [12.09/1.10 issue]
Lost to obsolescence, obscurity and overgrowth, promontories along the lower Patapsco once had serious firepower: state-of-the-art homeland security of over a century ago.
Good Men Down
The 1977 sinking of the Claud W. Somers left six men dead and an island community puzzling over what happened and why. [3.05 issue]
In a Star-Spangled Manner
An 1812 bicentennial calendar of events.
It's a Bird, It's a Plane . . . It's a Flying Boat!
The Chesapeake region has launched its share of watercraft, generally with little fanfare. But when these babies slid down the ramp, they made a splash felt around the world. [11.04 issue]
Jamestown's Big Bang
Jamestown's 400th anniversary gives birth to a universe of activities across the Bay. [5.07 issue]
On the Brink
Virginia's New Point Comfort Lighthouse has endured two centuries' worth of war and weather, but how much longer can it fend off the Bay itself? [11.03 issue]
A new museum on Virginia's Eastern Shore tells the story of people who tried to tame the wild barrier islands. They never did. [12.04 issue]
These volunteers willingly jump into the notoriously goopy waters of the Bay . . . all in the name of marine archaeology. [2.10 issue]
Tales of the Lost Ark
In the waning days of the Age of Sail, many watermen were true nomads, building their own floating homes and following fisheries around the Bay. [8.08 issue]
The Captain's Trail Part II
In this installment of our report on the proposed Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Water Trail, we trace Smith's second voyage of the summer of 1608. [11.06 issue]
The Captain's Trail, Part I
As Congress considers approving the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Water Trail, the nation's first maritime historic trail, we recount, in two parts, the good Captain's very busy summer of 1608. [10.06 issue]
Chesapeake Bay Nature
A Fish Called Menhaden
More than a year after the ASMFC's decision to limit industrial-strength menhaden harvesting, the issue remains adrift in Virginia's political tides. [10.06 issue]
A Summer Guest
Elusive and endangered, some of the Bay's most mysterious visitors are the thousands of sea turtles that arrive each spring. [4.07 issue]
Midges and chiggers and flies, oh my! Under way or at anchor, it's a buggy world out there on the Bay. [8.07 issue]
An oyster company tries a new approach to bringing back the Bay's beleaguered bivalves. [10.08 issue]
Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't (Part 1)
Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't (Part 2)
Enter the Brown Pelican
Pelecanus occidentalis moves north to the Bay, choosing tiny Holland Island as its nesting ground. [7.10 issue]
Fearless Fishing Forecast 2010
As regulators prepare new restrictions on the harvest of Atlantic menhaden, scientists, watermen, sportfishers and Reedville's biggest employer all weigh in on the issue.
A long-term study is finding fewer diamondbacks where they've always been. But give them a fighting chance, and . . . [3.09 issue]
Harvest caps appear to be doing the trick for Limulus polyphemus, aka the horseshoe crab, prized by shorebirds for its nutritious eggs and by humans for its unique and valuable blue blood. [2.08 issue]
Pump & Circumstance
A year-round cruiser weighs in on one of boating's hot-button issues: marine sanitation devices, pump-out facilities and the lingering spectre of a Bay-wide no-discharge zone.
Show Me Money
The Chesapeake Bay Commission has put a price tag on restoring the Bay: $18.7 billion. Assuming we spend it on the right things, it'll be worth every penny. [7.03 issue]
Stalking the Wild Persimmon
With apologies to Euell Gibbons . . . the Chesapeake is home to many more native edibles than just crabs and oysters. And some are as close as a walk on the beach.
State of Our Bay: Pfiesteria Revisited
Research at last provides a potential answer to the elusive secret of why this little critter could be so deadly to fish, but only sometimes. After ten years of study, educated guesswork and arcane controversy, researchers are close to solving the central. [10.07 issue]
State of Our Bay: Return of the Giant
More and more these days, Atlantic sturgeon are showing up in Bay fishermen's nets. Scientists haven't dared to believe this behemoth, thought to have vanished from the Bay long ago, could be staging a comeback. [10.07 issue]
That Sinking Feeling
With better imaging and better maps, it’s easier than ever to see the effects of sea level rise on the Chesapeake.
The Osprey Fix
For our resident osprey junky, bird blogs and round-the-clock webcams have been a way of life. Now she takes it up another notch: a hands-on osprey banding expedition on Jug Bay. [5.06 issue]
Aye Aye Skipper
Season One in the life of a new ship's dog. [05.08 issue]
Beating The Inner Bimbo
When Clint brought Escort, a 42-foot Kadey-Krogen trawler, home one day, I knew it was way too big a boat for me to handle. [3.03 issue]
After 10 years and countless memories, Full Moon and her owner celebrate their anniversary with a new engine and a whole new set of stories in the making. [10.05 issue]
Best of the Bay 2013
Results for our annual Best of the Bay survey and photo contest.
A Potomac River cruise gets interesting (and scary) for a couple of newlyweds when a nearby boat attempts an idiotic feat. [12.07 issue]
As many as 8,000 ships, tugs and barges transit the C&D Canal annually, and every move they make is carefully watched by a handful of dispatchers charged with keeping the traffic moving. [5.04 issue]
Deck boats, Buyboats - What a Show!
With a growing community of devoted owners, and a crackerjack chronicler, these low-slung workboats are forming into a fleet. [8.05 issue]
Don’t Go There
A CBM gazetteer of the Bay’s many military and/or restricted and/or prohibited and/or dangerous and/or you-might-get-blown-up zones.
Dragons on the Potomac
A tradition dating back more than two millennia leads to an up-to-date competitive sport as well as a festive event for spectators arriving by land or water. [3.06 issue]
Fast Cat Fever
The West River Catamaran Racing Association has been "raising hull" in Galesville, Md., for twenty years, attracting new sailors to crazy-fast catamaran racing. [1.09 issue]
Fearless Fishing Forecast 2014
A year to treat the Chesapeake gently.
An exploratory journey on the upper Bay—from Garrett Island to the Susquehanna Flats and Havre de Grace.
Full Speed Ahead
Volvo Penta engines. [1.06 issue]
He Dreams of the Ocean
Donald Lawson wants to be the first African-American to finish an around-the-world single-handed race. [12.10 issue]
Join the Club
On the rise for a decade, club boating has arrived in earnest on the Bay. [5.10 issue]
Kayak Karma's Gonna Get You
In which our favorite fisherwoman goes 'yak fishing with the experts and is rewarded with Great and Profound Truths, not to put too fine a point on it. [8.09 issue]
Meneely Under Way : Jan., July, Sept. 2009
Mr Yielding's Dream
What happens to a wooden-boat dream when the dreamer dies unexpectedly? In this case it lives on, in the hands of a husband-and-wife restoration team in Rock Hall.
Oldies but Woodies
There's plenty of life left in these wooden thoroughbreds of the waterways, and plenty of people happy to keep them in their stable. [11.07 issue]
Return of the Bow Rider
Dual-console designs are making a comeback on runabouts, classy sportfishers and high-tech catamarans alike. [4.05 issue]
Sailing in the NOOD
A pictorial preview of the Bay’s biggest and most prestigious one-design regatta.
Sailing with Pride
It was all hands on deck—even the blistered ones—aboard the Pride of Baltimore II in last year's Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. [10.04 issue]
School of Hard Tacks
Now bigger than ever on the Bay, high school sailing offers kids a stepping stone to collegiate, international and even Olympic competition. [3.10 issue]
The Bad and the Beautiful
Washington’s hard-luck Anacostia River may also be the city’s ace in the hole.
The Great Chesapeake Engine-Break-In Cruise
A new engine means 50 hours of powering around the Bay. But this is a sailboat, right? [Feb 2010 issue]
The Great Outward Re-Bound
Two friends retrace a defining Outward Bound journey in which frigid swims, a hauntingly beautiful creek and a song about a deranged uncle created a lifelong love of sailing and the Bay. [11.08 issue]
The Immortal Atomic Four
Part of the sailing vernacular since 1959, it's the little engine that could, did, and still does. [3.07 issue]
To Make a Cup of Coffee
Though the winds go wild and the waters rage, just call me Miss Hospitality .[2.03 issue]
To Richmond, James
Virginia's capital city was the destination, but getting there on the lovely and winding James River was of course half the fun.
Veni, Vidi, Volvo
They came, they sailed, they won our hearts: a photo album from the Volvo Ocean Race. [12.06 issue]
View from the Bridge
The ships' pilots of Maryland, Virginia and Delaware serve as buffers between the commercial maritime traffic that feeds the region's economy and the recreational boaters who simply enjoy the Bay. [11.06 issue]
Vrrooom! Outboard Update
Faster, quieter, cleaner, cheaper to run and EPA approved... What more could an outboard enthusiast ask for? [5.04 issue]
Weathering a Bay Squall
An afternoon boomer on the Bay can quickly turn a lovely day into a topsy-turvy nightmare. But not if you know your boat, know where you are and know how to ride it out. Herewith, a primer. . . . [8.10 issue]
Bay Biz Briefs
Chesapeake Bay Lighthouses
Cruise of the Month
Finance & Insurance
Nautical Gear & Gifts
Chesapeake Tide Tables
Chesapeake Bay Museums
Guide to Cruising Chesapeake Bay
Boats for Sale
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