Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Watermen and Working Harbor
"The watermen were early risers every day. Long hours of the day, until nightfall, they would be on the water, whether it was fishing or oystering. They went out there under any weather conditions...If the market was gutted, they would only get a few cents a pound for fish or, say, oysters. Practically you couldn't give them away at certain times of the year." - Lester R Trott, Then Again...Annapolis, 1900-1965
During the winter, from September to April, when oysters could legally be harvested, the oyster fleet made the dock and harbor its home port. At times there would be so many boats that it was possible for watermen to walk
Annapolis continued to be a working harbor in the nineteenth century but with a difference role. A century earlier, the city's merchants shipped tobacco, flour, beef, and corn to Europe and the West Indies. Now boats brought produce, fish, oysters, crabs, and lumber to Annapolis for sale to residents of the city and nearby rural areas. Food and livestock went to the market house; seafood was sold from fish market stalls built on pilings at the head of the dock and at local restaurants; and lumber went to Johnson's Lumber Company, located just north of here in the Hell Point neighborhood. Local families also supplied their own food by fishing, oystering, and crabbing.
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
Location. 38° 58.596′ N, 76° 29.096′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker can be reached from Dock Street 0.1 miles east of Market Space. Touch for map. Marker is on the plaza beyond the parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Annapolis MD 21401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of 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); Transportation on the Chesapeake Highway (a few steps from this marker); Steamboats Give Way to the New Bay Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Leonard A. Blackshear Walk (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kunte Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial (about 700 feet away); Middleton Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 24, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 576 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 24, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.