July 2013

Postcards from Tilghman
We sent our honcho, T. F. Sayles, off to see what’s cookin’ these days on Tilghman Island. He replied with a flurry of postcards from Knapps Narrows and beyond. Yes, new things are happening in that quiet Eastern Shore enclave, and yes it’s clear he had a great time—despite losing the key to his boat. What are we going to do with that boy? 

Depth Charged
For more than 200 years, the ships of the federal Office of Coast Survey have “run lines” up and down, east and west, charting the Chesapeake Bay’s wrecks and depths. It’s a big job, but writer Marty LeGrand gets to the bottom of it aboard the survey vessel Bay Hydro II, hard at work in the Middle Bay.

The Homecoming Queen
Out of work? Then of course the first thing you need to do is buy a 1920 Chesapeake buyboat that’s been in the Caribbean for 50 years. That’s the way Michael Whitehill saw it, anyway. Here Robert Blake Whitehill tells of brother’s noble but inexplicable quest to repatriate a beautiful old girl named Winnie Estelle. Read this article


Bypoints : For Want of a Key
Thoughts on nearly getting stranded in Tilghman. Thought number one: it’s really not a bad place to be stranded. Read this article

Marina Hopping : The Wait Is Over—Hooray!
Schaefer’s Canal House on the C&D Canal has reopened at last, and senior editor Jody Argo Schroath  heads to Chesapeake City to try it on for size. Read this article

Cruise of the Month : It’s Practically Patriotic
A cruise to Mount Vernon was a thing of beauty and a joy for about three hours, until a foul wind stirred up a bit of unrest among the populace. All in all, for Jody Argo Schroath, it was an educational experience.

Angler’s Almanac : Smartphones Pay Off for Smart Anglers
Our fishing guru John Page Williams takes the plunge into the modern world of smartphones and their many useful apps. He also makes a strong case for investing in a water-tight cloaking device to keep that smartphone ticking.

Bay Journal : Tilting Toward Nukes
Yes, the idea of nuclear power is scary. How can it not be, given the dangers of radiation sickness, reactor meltdowns and WMDs? But, says Tom Horton, it may in fact be our best option, clean-energy-wise.