Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
—War of 1812 —
"Should (the British) advance upon you with an overwhelming force, you will effectually destroy the flotilla by fire.”
Secretary of Navy William Jones to Joshua Barney, August 12, 1814.
Diving into History
The remains of the approximately 16 flotilla barges were lost to time, sediment, and the shifting river. Underwater archeological research, begun in 1978, uncovered the wreckage of one vessel, possibly the flagship Scorpion.
(Inscription beside the photo on the right)
Divers excavate an 1812 vessel believed to be the flagship of the Chesapeake Flotilla.
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 48.684′ N, 76° 42.636′
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tomb of Dr. William Beanes (approx. 1˝ miles away); Billingsley's Point (approx. 1.8 miles away); Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park (approx. 1.8 miles away); Mount Calvert Federal Period Plantation House (approx. 1.8 miles away); Mount Calvert Manor (approx. 1.8 miles away); African-Americans at Mount Calvert (approx. 1.9 miles away); Explosive Scene (approx. 1.9 miles away); The War of 1812 and the Chesapeake Flotilla (approx. 1.9 miles away).
Also see . . . USS Scorpion Project. 2010 Field Report, A collaborative project of: The Naval History and Heritage Command, The Maryland State Highway Administration, and The Maryland Historical Trust, Feb. 15, 2012. (Submitted on December 8, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Categories. • War of 1812 •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 30, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 283 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 30, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 8, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.