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Piney Point in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Dory Boat

Working the Potomac River

 
 
The Dory Boat Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sean C Bath, November 28, 2021
1. The Dory Boat Marker
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Potomac River Dory. The Potomac River dory boat was used for tonging and dredging of oysters in the waters of the Potomac River and its tributaries. Its unique design features a V-bottom planked lengthwise, instead of the usual cross-planking. The dory boat was discontinued around the 1930s. Only seven remain in existence today, three of which are under the stewardship of the St. Mary's County Museum Division.

The Early Times. The Early Times is a Potomac River dory boat built in 1916 at St. Patrick's Creek, Maryland, by Captain William H. Thompson for Captain Garnett Arnold. Captain Arnold used the dory for oyster dredging and commuting to work at the shipyards in Quantico, Virginia, during World War I. Later, he used the vessel for oyster tonging, hauling sein nets, taking out fishing parties and hauling building materials from Alexandria, Virginia. In 1995, the Arnold Family donated the Potomac River dory to the St. Mary's County Museum Division.

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(Left) Built in 1917 by John Chesidine, the 30-foot Shamrock, on exhibit in the Potomac River Maritime
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Exhibit building, was the first Potomac River dory boat to be preserved. Photo courtesy of the Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Maryland.

(Above) Richard Arnold stands on the deck of the Early Times dory boat. Photo courtesy of Evelyn Arnold. (Right) In later years, a larger cabin was build and the sails were removed and replaced with an inboard motor. Photo shows the full view of this 34-foot Potomac River dory in 1976. Photo courtesy of Evelyn Arnold.

 
Erected by Commissioners of St. Mary's County; St. Mary's County Museum Division; Friends of the St. Clement's Island and Piney Point Museums; Southern Maryland Heritage Area; Maryland Heritage Area Authority (MHAA).
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1916.
 
Location. 38° 8.212′ N, 76° 31.718′ W. Marker is in Piney Point, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker is on Lighthouse Road (Route 498) west of Hotel Cove Lane, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 44700 Lighthouse Rd, Piney Point MD 20674, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Military Influence (within shouting distance of this marker); Fueling Progress (within shouting distance of this marker); Piney Point Lighthouse
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(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Piney Point Lighthouse (about 400 feet away); Potomac River Military Testing (about 400 feet away); Bay Lights (about 400 feet away); Osprey (about 400 feet away); Map of Lower Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Piney Point.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has replaced the linked marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 5, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 3, 2022, by Sean C Bath of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 85 times since then and 15 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 3, 2022, by Sean C Bath of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
 
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