Near Berlin in Worcester County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The total number of wrecks off Assateague is not clear, nor is much known about individual wrecks. In one brief 40-year period (1875-1915), the four U.S. Life-Saving Stations aided 261 ships.
Salvaging and Wreck-masters
Shipwrecks were considered an economic boon by early colonists. Local people salvaged goods washed ashore and often resold them later. Some successful "wreckers" were nicknamed for the cargo they specialized in - Molasses Smith, Sugar Brown, and Rum Jones.
Ship owners complained about this illegal salvaging, and in the later 1700s Maryland and Virginia hired wreck-masters to oversee a wreck site and prevent looting.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 38° 11.909′ N, 75° 9.372′ W. Marker was near Berlin, Maryland, in Worcester County. Marker was at the intersection of Ferry Landing Road and Bayberry Drive, on the right when traveling west on Ferry Landing Road. Click for map. Was located in a parking area across from the intersection, off Bayberry Drive. The markers were in
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Native Americans (a few steps from this marker); Life-Saving Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Olde Sinepuxent (approx. 0.4 miles away); Baltimore Boulevard (approx. 0.7 miles away); Swindler Park (approx. 3 miles away); "Genesar" (approx. 3 miles away); Rackliffe Plantation Milk House (approx. 3.3 miles away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 3.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Berlin.
More about this marker. In the center of the marker is a depiction of workers salvaging a wrecked ship. In the lower center is a photograph of a wreck captioned, Large wrecks are rarely exposed on Assateague. Some like this unidentified wreck, appear briefly after storms and then are covered again by shifting sands.On the right is a map of Major Wreck Sites, 1600-1915, but is badly weathered.
Also see . . .
1. Assateague Island National Seashore. National Park Service site. (Submitted on June 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Wreck of the the Presidential Yacht Despatch (Submitted on June 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Wreck of the Juno. The Juno, a Spanish ship said to be laden with treasure, was located off Assateague's Virginia coast in the 1990s. This lead to a series of legal actions to define who is the rightful owner of the wrecks. (Submitted on June 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,720 times since then and 96 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.