March 2013

By Way of Freedom » Beginning at the end and ending at the beginning, Jody Argo Schroath explores the Underground Railroad Byway on the Eastern Shore and shares with us the remarkable story of Harriet Tubman, born into slavery in Dorchester County in 1822 and credited with rescuing 70 people from slavery in the 1850s. 

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. 

Sailing in the NOOD » Managing editor Ann Levelle and race photographer Sara Proctor give us a preview of the Bay’s most prestigious one-design regatta—the National Offshore One-Design, commonly called the NOODs. Yes, it sounds like “nudes.” Go ahead and chuckle. Everybody does. Read this article


Bypoints : Last Call
One last in-vitation for Best of the Bay survey-ees . . . and a fond farewell to good ol’ Dick Goertemiller, CBM’s founding publisher and a long-time contributor. Read this article

Nautical Know-How : Lab Work
Having your engine oil analyzed is a valuable tool in preventive maintenance, says John Page Williams. 

Marina Hopping : It’s Magic!
As if it were a rabbit from a hat, Jody Argo Schroath and cruising canine Skipper pull out a wonderful visit to Worton Creek’s Green Point Marina. 

Cruise of the Month : Maryland Mako-ver
Veteran cruiser Diana Prentice finally gets the chance to fossil hunt along Maryland’s Calvert Cliffs, and is quite besotted by the whole thing. Her two young grandchildren? Not so much. Read this article

Bay Journal : In Water’s Way
We’ve paved paradise, put up our parking lots . . . and, as a result, we’ve had to build stormwater controls to slow water’s trek to the Bay. Terrific, says Tom Horton, but with county and state budgets shrinking everywhere, who’s going to maintain these systems? Perhaps we are, he says.