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Calvert Marine Museum Publications

Thrills and Spills: The Golden Era of Powerboat Racing in Southern MarylandThrills and Spills: The Golden Era of Powerboat Racing in Southern Maryland, by Robert J. Hurry and Richard Dodds with contributing author C.R. "Buddy" Parks, 2013, paperback. $25.95

Not too long ago, powerboat racing was one of the largest and most popular spectator sports in Southern Maryland. Today, the golden era of powerboat racing in Southern Maryland is largely a memory. We aim to preserve this important legacy for future generationswith this book and our new exhibit - Thrills and Spills.

Boats for Work, Boats for PleasureBoats for Work, Boats for Pleasure: The Last Era of Wooden Boatbuilding in Southern Maryland, by Richard J. Dodds and Robert J. Hurry, 2009, 129 pp., photographs, maps, and drawings, paperback. (ISBN 978–0-941647-20-5) $19.95

This publication presents a retrospective look at a way of life that has almost disappeared – the building of wooden boats for the work of watermen and for the pleasure of those who enjoy boating. The craftsmen introduced here represent the last generation of builders of wooden boats from the three Southern Maryland counties of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s. There are photographs of both the builders and the boats, with drawings of plans of some of their efforts.

Island In A RiverIslands in a River: Solomons and Broomes Island, Maryland, compiled by Richard J. Dodds, 2008, 230 pp., photographs and maps, paperback. (ISBN 978-0-941647-18-2) $15.95

Solomons and Broomes Island, two waterside communities on the Patuxent River originating during the heyday of the oyster industry, became the most important watermen’s communities in Calvert County in the nineteenth century. Over time, they have been transformed by a growing population, a spreading network of roads, and a decline in the productivity of the river. This work highlights the families who developed Solomons and Broomes Island, and the schools, stores, and churches that sprung up to serve the needs of the residents. It traces the rich tapestry of the region’s seafood, boatbuilding, and recreational-fishing industries, becoming a permanent record of a vanishing maritime past.

Miocene Shark Teeth PosterMiocene Shark Teeth from Around the Chesapeake Bay. Full color, wall mount poster (24” by 36”), prepared by the Paleontology Department. $9.95

This poster features life restorations of extinct sharks, their fossilized teeth, as well as descriptive vignettes. Collectors of shark teeth will find this guide very useful.

Working the WaterWorking the Water: The Commercial Fisheries of Maryland’s Patuxent River, edited by Paula J. Johnson, 1988, 218 pp., numerous photographs, paperback. Published jointly with The University Press of Virginia. (ISBN 0-8139-1156-7) $14.95

This work focuses on Maryland’s Patuxent River, which once boasted some of the most productive commercial fisheries in the Chesapeake region. In recent years these fisheries have declined, and as the character of the area changes, the river’s rich maritime heritage is in danger of being forgotten. Included in the book are three interpretive essays, a descriptive catalog of artifacts from the museum’s vast collection of fisheries gear, and over 200 illustrations. It celebrates the history and traditions of the river’s fishing industries.

Sirens and SireniansSirenians & Sirens: Sea Cows and Mermaids, by Stephen Godfrey, 2002, 30 pp., color photo-graphs and illustrations, maps, booklet. (ISBN 0-941647-15-3) $7.95

Although this small booklet was prepared as a guide to an exhibit in the museum in 2002 and 2003, it has a wealth of information about these interesting mammals, both living and as fossils, relating them to their mythological counterparts, the mermaids. The author also describes the current concerns for the endangered future of sea cows.

Fossils of Calvert CliffsFossils of Calvert Cliffs, by Wallace L. Ashby, third edition, 1995, 19 pp., illustrations and map by Mary A. Parrish, paperback. (ISBN 0-941647-11-0) $7.95

This is a popular guide to the fossils found along the Chesapeake Bay shore in Calvert County, one of the most important natural history resources of our region. Mr. Ashby has studied these fossils for many years, and he provides information about the geologic history of the cliffs as well as details of the fossils to be found there. The illustrations are particularly useful for fossil buffs.

I Remember WhenI Remember -- Recollections of “Pepper” Langley: Growing up in Solomons,as related to Melvin A. Conant, 1990 (reprinted 1998), 115 pp., photographs, paperback. (ISBN 0-941647-14-5) $9.95

James LeRoy “Pepper” Langley spent most of his life in Solomons, working and watching the changes that have taken place since the years of World War I. In the 1980s he narrated his memories to maritime historian Mel Conant who selected and organized them into the story of “Pepper”’s life and accomplishments. There are photographs of family, as well as lists of the carvings, ship models, and lettering that mark this remarkable career.

Cradle of InvasionCradle of Invasion: A History of the U. S. Naval Amphibious Training Base, Solomons, Maryland, 1942-1945, by Merle T. Cole, 1984 (reprinted 1994), 37 pp., photographs and maps, paperback. (ISBN 0-941647-03-X) $4.95

The Amphibious Training Base on 100 acres on the Dowell peninsula across Back Creek from Solomons was the most extensive involvement of the United States Navy in Calvert County during World War II. The navy set up the training facility in 1942, and during the next three years 70,000 officers and enlisted men were trained there, with a most significant impact on the surrounding community. Mr. Cole traces the history of the navy’s efforts to find a location for amphibious training; the selection of Solomons as a base; the problems of establishing this base within a short period of time; the training activities and facilities there and at the adjacent areas of Cove and Drum Points; and the close of the base in 1945. Developed from archival sources, there are a number of official navy photographs, two area maps, and many bibliographical notes.

“It Ain’t Like It Was Then”: The Seafood Packing Industry of Southern Maryland, by Richard J. Dodds and Robert J. Hurry, 2006, 95 pp., photographs and maps, paperback. (ISBN 0-941647-17-X) $14.95

For 150 years, the seafood packing industry of Southern Maryland has defined the area’s waterfronts and fueled the economy. The bounty of seafood from the Chesapeake Bay spurred an abundance of oyster-shucking, crab-picking, and clam-shucking houses, but fewer than a half dozen survive today. The transformation of the bay is almost complete and the region now relies heavily on outside imports of the seafood that was once so plentiful. This text highlights those individuals and businesses in the counties of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s whose stories form part of the rich and colorful history of seafood packing in southern Maryland.

Fishlighters: The Story of the Vanished Commercial Fishery at Flag Ponds, Chesapeake Bay, Calvert County, Maryland, by Harry C. Knott, 2002, 110 pp., photographs, illustrations, and map, paperback. Issued by the Battle Creek Nature Education Society, Port Republic, Mar-yland, in cooperation with the Calvert Marine Museum. $8.95

Pound netting, a form of fish trapping practiced long before the Europeans arrived in North America, was introduced to the commercial fisheries of the Chesapeake Bay late in the nineteenth century. During the first half of the twentieth century it flourished along the shores of Calvert County. Flag Ponds, near the town of St. Leonard, was particularly active for fishermen who established a camp from which to operate. (The area is now a county park.) Mr. Knott researched the history of the many men and women who worked at this camp, learning much about their methods and their lives. These recollections form the real substance of this book.

The Patuxent “Ghost Fleet” 1927-1941, by Merle T. Cole, 1986 (reprinted 2009), 70 pp., photographs, paperback. (ISBN 978-0-941647-19-9) $19.95

This is a little-known story of how four former passenger liners, once the pride of the German Merchant Marine, came to spend much of the period between World Wars I and II laid up in a quiet backwater of Maryland’s Patuxent River. Interned in the United States during World War I, the stately ships saw limited service with the U.S. Shipping Board until the postwar economic slump caused them to be mothballed, awaiting better times. The ships became an almost permanent feature of the local landscape, an attraction in their own right over the next fifteen years, until darkening war clouds led to their removal, either for scrap or government use.

“Solomons Mines”: A History of the U. S. Naval Mine Warfare Test Station, Solomons, Maryland, 1942-1947, by Merle T. Cole, 1987 (reprinted 1998), 46 pp., photographs and maps, paperback. (ISBN 0-941647-08-0) $6.95

The U. S. Naval Mine Warfare Test Station was one of two significant naval installations established on the Calvert County side of the Patuxent River near Solomons during World War II. Its purpose was to provide a test site for experimental minesweeping and mine countermeasures in a location relatively isolated, with deep water, and with conditions allowing for the investigation of harbor defenses. The author has examined official records to create a history of the station and its organization, further documented with photographs. Some personal interviews have also been incorporated into this detailed history. Mr. Cole also describes the later use of the site under different naval agencies up to the early 1980s.

Early Chesapeake Single-Log Canoes: A Brief History and Introduction to Building Techniques. By Alexander Lavish and George Surgent of the Patuxent Small Craft Guild. Out of print. Click here to download a copy.

Chesapeake Bay Sailing Craft, by Marion V. Brewington, 1966 (reprinted 1986), 14 pp., draw-ings, booklet. Issued jointly with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. $1.25

Working sailing craft were a common sight on the bay at the end of the nineteenth century when well over three thousand could be found. Most of these types have since declined or disappeared. Mr. Brewington, long interested in the maritime history of the bay, provides brief descriptions of the nine most common types, illustrated by drawings by Maryland maritime artist Louis Feuchter.

Marshnotes: An Introduction to the Salt Marsh, by Jeffrey Rothenberg, 1987, 16 pp., illustra-tions and maps, paperback. (ISBN 0-941647-07-2) $1.00

Planned as a publication to help interpret the marsh boardwalk that is part of the boat basin of the museum, the information and illustrations have applicability to a broader range of marshes in Southern Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay. The excellent illustrations by W. Scott Rawlins and Susan LeVan enhance the value of this brief guide.

The Othello Affair: The Pursuit of French Pirates on Patuxent River, Maryland, August 1807, by Donald G. Shomette, 1985, 37 pp., illustrations and a map, paperback. (ISBN 0-941647-04-8) $1.00

This small booklet by a CMM research associate is an account of the pursuit of pirates that took place in the Patuxent River area in 1807 when the 280-ton Boston merchant ship Othello was assaulted by a small pilot schooner, General Massena, flying French colors. Mr. Shomette explores the political implications of this assault and the reactions of the American public. Some of the details are reminiscent of the wonderful sea tales of popular author Patrick O’Brian.

Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Maryland, prepared by the museum staff, 2002, 24 pp., color photographs, illustrations, booklet. (ISBN 0-941647-16-1) $5.95

This is an illustrated guide to the museum, its history, its exhibits, and its activities. It serves as an overview for those visiting the museum, as well as an introduction to those planning a visit.

Solomons Island and Vicinity: An Illustrated History and Walking Tour, compiled by Richard J. Dodds, 1995, 83 pp., photographs and maps, paperback. (ISBN 0-941647-12-9)  Out of print.

This guide is intended to aid visitors to Solomons in appreciating the history of this interesting area and in identifying some ninety-four sites on the island, in Avondale, and other nearby locations. It is based on considerable research over a twelve-year period, as well as on interviews of long-time residents. The photographs and maps aid visitors as they tour Solomons.

 

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