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Crisfield in Somerset County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Commerce on the Water

 
 
Commerce on the Water Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2016
1. Commerce on the Water Marker
Inscription.
1. Construction of an ice plant on the waterfront allowed seafood packers to ship their products to more distant destinations. Buy boats, described in the next paragraph, are docked at the ice plant after unloading at one of the local packing houses.

2. Buy boats, moored at the county dock, sailed into the Chesapeake Bay to buy seafood directly from watermen and returned to the packing houses with the day’s catch. In this photo, the U.S. Customs House is at the left of the county dock and the city’s ice plant is at the far left.

3. These condos have taken up residence today in the area where the ice plant stood. As the city’s economy becomes less reliant upon seafood production, condos and townhouses are changing Crisfield’s waterfront.

4. The chimney shown here was part of a menhaden fertilizer plant. After Maryland outlawed menhaden fishing, the business was moved to Virginia. Only the chimney remained after a fire in 1932, and it has since served as a nautical marker. In 1962, this area became a part of Janes Island State Park.

5. Somers Cove Lighthouse, built in 1867 near the entrance of the Annemessex River, guided boats into Crisfield until discontinuing service in 1932. Its framework remains today and, with the aid of an automated light, it continues to be a marker for local watermen, who have nick-named

Commerce on the Water Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2016
2. Commerce on the Water Marker
it the “skeleton light.”

Crab capital-Crisfield Maryland. *Historical Research by Jason Rhodes *Project of the Crisfield Heritage Foundation *Major Funding by the Crisfield American Legion Post. Production & Design by Crisfield Design, Inc.
 
Location. 37° 58.657′ N, 75° 51.847′ W. Marker is in Crisfield, Maryland, in Somerset County. Marker is on West Main Street (MD 413). Click for map. The marker is located on the city dock which is at the foot of Main Street. Marker is in this post office area: Crisfield MD 21817, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Evolving Crisfield Harbor (a few steps from this marker); Crisfield (approx. ¼ mile away); J. Millard Tawes (approx. 0.7 miles away); 'Spirit Of The American Doughboy' (approx. 1.1 miles away); The J. Millard Tawes Homeplace (approx. 1.2 miles away); Make Peace (approx. 1.8 miles away); Searching for Water (approx. 2.5 miles away); Ye Old St. Peters Methodist Church-Founded 1782 (approx. 3.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Crisfield.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels

 
City Dock image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2016
3. City Dock
City Dock with Condos in the background image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2016
4. City Dock with Condos in the background
Capt. Jason II boat-visit Tylerton, a pristine island community image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2016
5. Capt. Jason II boat-visit Tylerton, a pristine island community
Capt Jason boat-Smith Island cruises image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2016
6. Capt Jason boat-Smith Island cruises
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 108 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on October 14, 2016.
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