February 2014

A Tale of Two Lighthouses
After a visit to the Drum Point lighthouse at the Calvert Marine Museum, Wendy Mitman Clarke heads to nearby Cove Point light, where she spends a foggy night at the keeper’s house, now a vacation rental home. She comes away with a good sense what life was like for a keeper of the light. Read this article

The Hole at the Bottom of the Bay
Earthquakes, mile-high tsunamis, a 30-mile high ash cloud . . . sounds like a scene out of a sci-fi movie. But that’s what happened 35 million years ago—though nobody had a clue until geologists started digging under the Eastern Shore a few decades ago. What they found, a buried 56-mile wide impact crater, has gotten the attention of scientists all over the world. By Marty LeGrand.

Remembering the Cuyahoga, Part 1
In part one of his two-part article, Michael Fincham recounts the last cruise of the USCGC Cuyahoga. In October of 1978, with 16 Coast Guard trainees aboard, the aging cutter collided with a coal carrier and sank at the mouth of the Potomac River, claiming 11 lives. Still memorialized once a year in Yorktown, Va., the accident led to system-wide changes in the Coast Guard.


Bypoints: We’ve Got Game
Clarke leading off, LeGrand batting second, Fincham in the cleanup spot. Eat your heart out, 1927 Yankees! Read this article

Nautical Know-How: The Standard Bearer
The American Boat & Yacht Council, better known as ABYC, has been working hard for 60 years to set standards for boats, boating safety and maintenance. By John Page Williams.

Marina Hopping: A Quiet Surprise
After braving the wind-whipped Potomac, Jody Argo Schroath ducks into Belmont Bay Harbor Marina for a quiet, suburban escape. Read this article

Cruise of the Month: Plop, Plop, Gee Whiz!
A night in quiet, peaceful Still Pond is almost always just that. Except, of course when the dog jumps out of the dinghy. By Jody Argo Schroath.

Bay Journal: Of Filters and Funnels
John Page Williams reminds us of the importance of “great green filters”—natural barriers between the Bay and its worst enemy: us.