Issue: April 2001
It's About Time

Becky Everett Haney

Maritime that is. The Annapolis Maritime Museum opens the season with an in-depth look at the historic boatyards of Eastport.


    Trumpy, Mason, Chance, Heller, Sarles and Gay. These names have become synonymous with the maritime history of Annapolis and the Bay. Famous boatbuilders and sailors, these men had something else in common. All of them owned and operated boatyards in Eastport and are responsible to some extent for the way many of us view boats today.

    The Annapolis Maritime Museum (formerly the Barge House Museum) will feature an in-depth look at these master craftsmen and the boatyards they operated in the upcoming exhibition, “The Historic Boatyards of Eastport.” Opening on April 28, the exhibit will coincide with the museum’s renovation as a Chesapeake Bay Gateways site, complete with new landscaping, outdoor exhibitions and displays. 

    The exhibit is primarily based on the research of Mike Miron, the “resident historian” of Eastport, and on the recollections and oral history of local Eastport mariners and residents. It features photographs of the yards and specific boats, and includes a written narrative explaining each yard’s historical significance. Peter Tasi, a member of the working board of the museum, says the hundreds of images that accompany the exhibition are “incredible.”

    The museum next plans to move into the 90-year old McNasby Oyster Company building next door to the current location at the Cap’n Herbie Sadler Waterman’s Park. The move will allow the museum to expand exhibition and research space to approximately 7,000 square feet, and it will preserve the McNasby building as a historical place on Eastport’s Back Creek waterfront. Focusing on the local maritime, African-American, sailing and yachting history of the area, the museum will preserve the character of Annapolis and Eastport and document the lives of area watermen, boatbuilders and yachtsmen. It will also provide an archival site for the self-proclaimed “sailing capital of the world.”  

    To visit the Annapolis Maritime Museum, head for 133 Bay Shore Drive, in the heart of the “Maritime Republic of Eastport.” The museum is open on Saturdays only, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 410-268-1802 for more information.