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St. Michaels in Talbot County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Captain John Smith's Shallop

and America's First National Water Trail

 
 
Captain John Smith's Shallop Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 23, 2012
1. Captain John Smith's Shallop Marker
Inscription. This modest open boat is a replica of one of the most important vessels in American History. In the summer of 1608, a small boat or "Shallop" similar to this was used by Captain John Smith to make the first detailed European exploration of the Chesapeake Bay. In the decades that followed, the knowledge gained from Smith's voyages played a key role in opening the interior of America to tens of thousands of European settlers.

In the summer of 2007, a crew of 12 modern explorers set out in this replica of Smith's Shallop to retrace the 1608 voyages. Traveling 121 days and 1,700 miles under oar and sail power, the crew revisited all of the waters traveled by Smith. The voyage served as the official inauguration of Captain John Smith's epic voyages and their import in American history. Today, the shallop serves as a roving ambassador for the Trail.

Imagine a world of ancient forests, widespread native communities and waterways teeming with life. Such was the Chesapeake that Captain John Smith and his fellow travelers encountered during their epic journeys on this "goody bay" in the early 1600's. Modern explorers can follow in Smith's wake along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, administered by the National Park Service.


Vital Statistics
Length overall: 28 feet, 7
Captain John Smith's Shallop Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 23, 2012
2. Captain John Smith's Shallop Marker
inches
Beam: 7 feet,8 inches
Framing: Osage Orange
Fastenings: Wooden and Iron Nails
Oars: 6 "Single Banked" Oars
Sails: 2 Sailed "Sprit Rig"

Builders:
John E. Swain, Master Shipwright
Nicholas Biles, Shipwright
The Volunteers of the Sultana Shipyard

Research/Design
Sultana Projects Inc.
Kees de Mooy
Eric Speth
John E. Swain
William A. Baker

 
Location. 38° 47.222′ N, 76° 13.284′ W. Marker is in St. Michaels, Maryland, in Talbot County. Marker can be reached from Cherry Street. Click for map. Near the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum along the harbor front walk (Cherry Street extended). Marker is in this post office area: Saint Michaels MD 21663, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Navy Point Historic Houses (within shouting distance of this marker); Freedom's Figurehead (within shouting distance of this marker); Oystering on the Chesapeake (within shouting distance of this marker); Deflecting the Enemy (within shouting distance of this marker); War in the Chesapeake (within shouting distance of this marker); Rebuilding Rosie Parks
Captain John Smith's Shallop image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 23, 2012
3. Captain John Smith's Shallop
(about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Too Much of a Good Thing (about 500 feet away); Tolchester Bandstand (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Michaels.
 
Also see . . .  www.smithtrail.net. This URL appears on the marker. (Submitted on November 24, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. Colonial Era
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 494 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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