It was a great talk! On Thursday, October 2, noted marine archaeologist Don Shomette spoke at the Port Tobacco River Conservancy general meeting on the historical importance of Mallows Bay and why it should be made a National Marine Sanctuary.
The meeting was at the fellowship hall of La Plata United Methodist Church, 3 Port Tobacco Rd., La Plata, MD 20646 (located at the corner of Rte 6 and southbound Rte 301).
Mr. Shomette is currently working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to get Mallows Bay named a National Marine Sanctuary. If approved, the Bay would become the first such Sanctuary in the Chesapeake Tidewater area.
Mallows Bay is home to what is believed to be the largest shipwreck fleet in the Western Hemisphere—more than 200 ships that were deliberately sunk there. The fleet contains the remains of about 90 wooden ships built during the First World War but never put into service during the war. Some years later, they were burned and sunk in Mallows Bay.
Mallows Bay, a small inlet off the Potomac River in Nanjemoy, is now a public park run by Charles County, which recently built a boat ramp and pier for easy access to the water and the shipwrecks.
Up the Creek Rentals is sponsoring a narrated kayak tour of the ghost fleet at 3pm on Saturday, October 11. For more information and to sign up please contact Sue Jones at 478/363-5283 no later than October 9.
For more information about getting involved call PTRC at (301) 934-2025.