Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Steamboats Give Way to the New Bay Bridge
The maiden voyage of the Baltimore Steam Packet Company's Chesapeake, the first steamboat to travel on the Bay, was an excursion between Baltimore and Annapolis that took place on 13 June 1813. By 1819, the steamboat Maryland stopped four times weekly in Annapolis while traveling between Easton and Baltimore. These vessels were the first of a fleet that would be the backbone of the Bay's transportation network for the next 150 years.
The Emma Giles and other regular scheduled steamboats, which by the 1880s numbered more than 40 vessels througout the Bay, moved crops and freight to and from Baltimore and carried passengers traveling the Chesapeake for business and pleasure. With two wharves, at the foot of King George and Prince George streets, Annapolis was one of the larger ports within a network that connected towns and railroads on opposite sides of the Bay.
A new ferry terminal opened at Sandy Point in 1943, removing the congestion of waiting vehicles from downtown Annapolis. But less than ten years later, with the increased availability of autmobiles, better roads, and the opening of the first span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in 1952, the steamboat and ferry service era came to an end. With it went a very different way of life.
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 38° 58.599′ N, 76° 29.083′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker can be reached from Dock Street 0.1 miles from Market Space. Marker is on the plaza beyond the parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Annapolis MD 21401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Transportation on the Chesapeake Highway (here, next to this marker); Annapolis: Capital of Commerce (a few steps from this marker); Maritime Annapolis: An Enduring Legacy (a few steps from this marker); Gateway to Discovery (a few steps from this marker); Watermen and Working Harbor (a few steps from this marker); Commodore John Barry (within shouting distance of this marker); Annapolis Depicted (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sy Mohr's City Dock Harbormaster Collage (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 24, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,123 times since then and 15 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on May 24, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.