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Shipwreck!

 
 
Shipwreck! Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Fuchs, July 1, 2008
1. Shipwreck! Marker
Inscription.  
Centuries of storms, fogs, shoals, collisions, combat, poor judgement and bad luck have plagued local mariners. Gazing across Point Lookout's waters, we can only wonder how many of their wrecks litter the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River.

Don't Light The Boiler
November 11, 1864: The Union gunboat U. S. S. Tulip was heading up the Potomac River to Washington D. C. for repairs. To make better time and avoid Confederate batteries on the Virginia shore, the captain - in violation of his orders - fired up the only working boiler. It exploded, sinking the vessel and killing 47 of the 57 sailors.

No Shelter From The Storm
October 22, 1878: A hurricane moving up the Chesapeake Bay foound the southbound steamer Express. Huge waves doused her boiler fires, leaving the crew helpless as the Express wallowed broadside to the walls of water, and capsized. Sixteen died. The ship's quartermaster was rescued more than 20 miles away.

Peacetime Tragedy
October 17, 1978: The United States Coast Guard Cutter Cuyahoga, bound up the Potomac River, turned
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into the path of the loaded coal freighter Santa Cruz. The cutter sank in minutes, killing 11 sailors.

Caption of photo in lower left side of marker:
The U. S. S. Tulip

Caption of photo in lower right side of marker:
United States Coast Guard Cutter Cuyahoga
 
Erected by Point Lookout State Park - Maryland Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable EventsWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1865.
 
Location. 38° 2.854′ N, 76° 19.538′ W. Marker is in Scotland, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker is on Point Lookout Road (Maryland Route 5). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Scotland MD 20687, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Prison Pen (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Point Lookout Prisoner-Of-War Camp (approx. 0.2 miles away); Storm Blocks the Route to Freedom (approx. 0.3 miles away); Smallpox Epidemic (approx. 0.4 miles away); Death at Point Lookout (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Seaside Resort at Point Lookout (approx. half a mile away); A Place of History (approx. half a mile away); "Contraband" Camp (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scotland.
 
Also see . . .
Shipwreck! Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, April 23, 2016
2. Shipwreck! Marker

1. Dreadful Disaster;. Explosion of the Boiler of the Steamer Tulip, of the Potomac Flotilla Fifty-five Lives Lost. Dispach To The Navy Department. The Explosion of the Tulip Further Particulars. New York Times, Washington, Monday Nov. 14, 1864 (Submitted on July 2, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

2. Cuyahoga, 1927 (WIX / WMEC / WSC-157). U.S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office website entry (Submitted on April 12, 2022.) 
 
Shipwreck! Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Pete Payette, June 19, 2017
3. Shipwreck! Marker
Shipwreck! Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Pete Payette, June 19, 2017
4. Shipwreck! Marker
U. S. S. <i>Tulip</i> image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, April 23, 2016
5. U. S. S. Tulip
Close-up of photo on marker
United States Coastguard Cutter <i>Cuyahoga</i> image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Wikipedia
6. United States Coastguard Cutter Cuyahoga
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 7, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,916 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 7, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   2. submitted on July 2, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   3, 4. submitted on June 26, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia.   5, 6. submitted on July 2, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

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