Maryland

Annapolis Maritime Museum: (MD) The Museum Annapolis Maritime will present the many facets of this nearly 300-year story: the history of men and women living and working in and around our port city, dependent upon and multiplying the benefits of life near and on the water. Annapolis, like all other port towns, was long dependent upon waterborne transportation of passengers and goods. Nearly all necessities were shipped aboard boats of all types from small craft to heavily built coastal vessels. Annapolis, upon becoming the State capital, began its long transition from a small, but bustling town to a center of government, commerce, education and recreation. We now begin a new chapter in local historic preservation. We welcome you to come aboard.

Baltimore Maritime Museum: (MD) The ships of the Baltimore Maritime Museum tell an exciting story of American naval power and enterprise from 1930 to 1986. Each ship is a veteran -- witness to the dangers of war, the challenges and responsibilities of peace. Each has served its country in its own way, close to home or in distant waters, from the Sea of Japan, to the Caribbean, to the Mediterranean.

Baltimore Museum of Industry: (MD) The Baltimore Maritime Museum maintains its museum presence aboard three important and historical vessels: The USS Torsk (submarine), the Lightship Chesapeake, and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Taney -- the last surviving vessel that was at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 when the Japanese attacked.

Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company: (MD) The Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company (B&CSC) is intent on promoting and interpreting the rich history of the waterways, maritime industries, and seaport centers along the Chesapeake Bay. The B&CSC looks forward to using vessels such as the 1906 Steam Tug BALTIMORE as mobile educational focal centers for these efforts, all along the Chesapeake and its tributaries. Our hope is that the BALTIMORE, for instance, with its own centennial-rich history, will serve as a goodwill ambassador for Baltimore, Maryland, and Chesapeake Bay's regional heritage, along the inland waterways (physically) from Cape's Charles & Henry to the Elk River and beyond via outreach multi-media and imagination. The B&CSC also intends to continue the noble efforts generated by the 2006 Port of Baltimore 300th Anniversary Committee as we continue our voyage into the 21st century.

C & D Canal Museum:  (MD) Housed in the original canal pump/house complex, the C & D Canal Museum includes a working model of a water wheel and lock, paintings, maps, documents, and artifacts pertaining to the history of the waterway

 

Calvert Marine Museum: (MD) The Drum Point screwpile Lighthouse is a main attraction at this tidewater Maryland museum where small-craft collections are displayed.

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum: (MD) Oyster harvesting skipjacks and the history behind them are at this first-class museum. A virtual visit is warranted.

Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park: (MD) The C&O Canal, at Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park, follows the route of the Potomac River for 184.5 miles from Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, MD. The canal operated from 1828-1924 as a transportation route, primarily hauling coal from western Maryland to the port of Georgetown in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of original structures, including locks, lockhouses, and aqueducts, serve as reminders of the canal's role as a transportation system during the Canal Era. In addition, the canal's towpath provides a nearly level, continuous trail through the spectacular scenery of the Potomac River Valley. Every year millions of visitors come to hike or bike the C&O Canal in order to enjoy the natural, cultural, and recreational opportunities available.

Fells Point Maritime Museum (MD): The Fells Point Maritime Museum is now closed. The Maryland Historical Society remains committed to telling the important story of Maryland's maritime past. Please visit the Maryland Historical Society Museum in historic Mount Vernon to see items of maritime interest in our permanent exhibitions. Check back often as the MdHS will install a new maritime history exhibit in 2008.is a cooperative venture between the Maryland Historical Society and the Society for the Preservation of Federal Hill and Fells Point. The FPMM is a proud member of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, the Greater Baltimore History Alliance and the National Historic Seaport.

Governor J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum: (MD) The J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum is located on the waterfront at the Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield, MD. The museum traces the history of the Lower Shore with exhibits on the beginnings of the Chesapeake Bay, the influence of the Native-Americans on the early colonists, seafood harvesting and processing, the history of the City of Crisfield and the evolution of that truly American art form, decoy carving and painting. The museum also has exhibits on prominent Crisfielders to include the late Governor J. Millard Tawes and Curly Byrd--the founder of the modern University of Maryland.

Havre de Grace Decoy Museum: (MD) Through a series of intriguing exhibits, the Decoy Museum presents a comprehensive look at the history and artistry of decoy carving and usage on the Susquehanna Flats. The museum's four permanent displays provide visitors with an understanding of the marvelous variety of carving and hunting styles and techniques. Our temporary exhibits grant visitors an opportunity to focus on particular carvers' work or study finer aspects of the folk art. New temporary exhibits are installed every three to six months, so be sure to visit the museum often!

Havre de Grace Maritime Museum: (MD) Commerce-carrying canals serving the central Pennsylvania area emanate from this area on the Upper Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

Historic Annapolis: (MD) Historic Annapolis Foundation is the preservation organization for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, Maryland. In the early years, the Foundation devoted its major efforts to preserving threatened buildings of historical and cultural significance. The Foundation instituted educational programs to foster appreciation of the city's architectural and historical heritage. Its a Museum Without Walls with awalking tour program which interprets the city's entire historic district as a museum environment. In 1993, the program was developed into an audio tour narrated by Walter Cronkite for visitors exploring the streets of Annapolis.

Historic St. Mary's City: (MD) An 800-acre living history museum on the site of Maryland's 17th century capital St. Mary's City.

Lightship NO. 116 "CHESAPEAKE": (MD) One of a number of Chesapeake Bay floating lighthouses, Lightship is now a museum ship in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, pier 3, foot of Pratt Street on loan from the National Park Service to the Baltimore Maritime Museum.

Longship Company, Ltd.: (MD) The Longship Company, Ltd. is an outgrowth of the Markland Medieval Mercenary Militia, a medieval re-enactment group incorporated in the state of Maryland. The Longship Company was founded for educational purposes which are met by the operation of two replica viking ships. Fyrdraca is the larger of the two vessels and is a lap-strake 32' class A tallship. Our second vessel, Gyrfalcon, The larger boat (Fyrdraca) is based near Solomon's Island (approximately 90 miles south of the Washington, DC beltway), the smaller boat (Gyrfalcon) moves around quite a bit.

The Maryland Dove: (MD) This working re-creation of a square-rigged merchant carrier of the mid-seventeenth-century was named for the pinnace Dove which accompanied the first colonists as a supply ship, scouted the settlement site, and later conveyed trading missions for the colony. Come aboard at Historic St. Marys City.

Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum: (MD) Dedicated to collecting and preserving the history of the United States Life-Saving Service on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Delaware and Virginia, the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum also houses the unique and colorful history and heritage of Ocean City, Maryland. Join us by taking a tour of the Ocean City, MD Life Saving Station Museum. When in Ocean City, Maryland visit the historic building which houses Ocean City history and that of the U. S. Life-Saving Service. Delightful exhibits concerning the history of the Life-Saving Service, Aquariums, Dolls' house replicas of hotels which once lined the boardwalk, shipwreck artifacts, a mermaid collection, bathing suits from the past and our Sand From Around the World exhibit. The beautifully restored building, once scheduled for demolition, now stands as Ocean City, Maryland's showplace.

Oxford Museum: (MD) Sawmilling is an important display at the Oxford, MD Museum where the timber industry was the foundation of the Oxford settlement. The collection includes history books related to the area and paintings of various local artists including one by Sydney Thompson. Photographs and copies of a local newspaper published (and the printing press) from approximately 1879-1902 also feature along with portraits and memorabilia from various armed services. The museum has a large collection of family genealogy.

Piney Point Lighthouse: (MD) The Piney Point Lighthouse, known as the Lighthouse of Presidents, is only half a century younger than the United States. The lighthouse is located on the Potomac River 14 miles upstream from its mouth at the Chesapeake Bay. Presidents and other notables of American History spent their summers at Piney Point beginning with President James Madison. Built in 1836 by John Donohoo of Havre de Grace for a cost of $5,000, this unique brick tower was in operation until 1964 when it was retired by the Coast Guard.

Pride of Baltimore II: (MD) As the only existing example of an 1812 era Baltimore Clipper topsail schooner, Pride of Baltimore II is a vibrant and tangible link to the state's colorful maritime heritage. Her unlimited international sailing capability makes her an invaluable educational resource. Come visit in Baltimore.

Richardson Maritime Museum: (MD)  NOTE: SEE The Brannock Maritime Museum ENTRY ABOVE. Located in the heart of Cambridge, the Richardson Maritime Museum invites visitors to discover the wooden boat building heritage of Dorchester County and the surrounding region. A unique collection of traditional Chesapeake Bay ship models brings that heritage alive for visitors. The museum’s new Boatworks facility is passing on the knowledge and skills of area boatwrights to volunteers and visitors alike. Watch boatbuilding and restoration in action as the Museum fulfills its mission of “Putting History on the Water”.

SS John W. Brown (Liberty Ship): (MD) A non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Liberty Ship S.S. JOHN W BROWN as a living Memorial to the men and women who built the great Liberty Fleet and to the merchant seamen and Naval Armed Guard who sailed the ships across all oceans of the world.

St. Clements Island -- Potomac River Museum: (MD) Maryland's first settlers arrived on an island in the Potomac River now known as St. Clements Island. The museum focuses on the life and times of this area.

St. Mary's Museums: (MD) The St. Clement's Island-Potomac Museum at Colton's Point became a reality in July 1975. The museum, at Colton's Point is devoted to preserving the memory of the founding of the Maryland colony on St. Clement's Island in 1634 where freedom of conscience and religious toleration in America was first established.

Steamship Historical Society of America Collection: (MD) The Steamship Historical Society (SSHSA) is an organization dedicated to preserving artifacts and memories from the Steamship days of the past. The Society maintains one of the largest libraries in North America devoted exclusively to the history of engine powered vessels. This professionally staffed facility is located in Langsdale Library, University of Baltimore. Our Mission is to make available Steamship information and to encourage conservation efforts. We also publish STEAMBOAT BILL on a quarterly basis which is our journal dedicated to steamship history.

The Sultana Project: (MD) The Schooner Sultana Project is an undertaking of Chester River Craft and Art, Inc., a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization based in Chestertown, MD. The mission of the Sultana Project is to provide unique, hands-on educational opportunities for children and adults that focus on the history and natural environment of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. The principal classroom for the Sultana Project will be a full sized reproduction of the 1767 schooner, SULTANA. SULTANA's reproduction is currently under construction at the Sultana Shipyard in Chestertown, MD and is scheduled to be launched and operational in the summer of 2001.

Susquehanna Museum at Havre De Grace: (MD) The Susquehanna Museum “at the Lock House”, founded in 1970, is committed to preserving the history of Havre de Grace.  The Museum building is the restored lock house, which was originally built in 1840.

U-1105 Black Panther Historic Shipwreck Preserve: (MD) Following limited action in the closing days of World War II at Piney Point, the Black Panther Submarine became a possession of the US Navy. In February 1946 research on her unique rubber-tiled skin was initiated at the Naval research Laboratory in Washington and at the MIT Acoustic Laboratory in Cambridge, MA August 1948 U-1105 was towed to the Chesapeake, and salvage test began off Point No Point, where the ship was temporarily sunk. On 29 June 1985, the wreck was rediscovered by a team of sport divers and now is administered by the St. Clement's Island-Potomac River Museum, the Maryland Historical Trust, and Sea Colony Aqua Sports. The site became the subject of an archaeological survey expedition.

U.S. Naval Academy Museum: (MD) The Academy's maritime museum provides a vast array of information, artifacts, photos, and records that evidence our naval history to the fullest.

USS Constellation (Sloop-of-War): (MD) With plans completed in May and the keel laid on June 25, 1853, just before steam propulsion was adopted as auxiliary power for all new warships, the USS Constellation (Sloop-of-War) was the last all sail ship designed by the Navy, as well as the largest "sloop" built to that date. Designed by John Lenthall, Chief Constructor of the Navy, as a "sloop-of-war," she was much larger than most other ships of that category. Being closer in size to a second class frigate enabled Constellation to carry a heavier battery of guns than conventional sloops. Launched on August 26, 1854 at the Gosport Navy Yard in Virginia, Constellation was commissioned on July 28, 1855.

Upper Bay Museum: (MD) This unique Upper Bay Museum in North East, MD, preserves and interprets the heritage of both the commercial and recreational hunter of the Upper Chesapeake Bay where once wildfowl hunting was primarily a commercial activity that, along with other maritime industries and commerce, helped support the communities that grew around the Bay. This is the site of the famed Susquehanna Flats, a hunting paradise that has attracted many famous people, including J.P. Morgan and Grover Cleveland. Today such hunting is done on a recreational basis exclusively. Located in two spacious buildings at the head of the North East River, the Upper Bay Museum houses an extensive collection of hunting, boating, and fishing artifacts native to the area. The history of waterfowl hunting is brought to life through exhibits as diverse as outlawed gunning rigs and skillfully carved decoys.