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

Shipwreck!

 
 
Shipwreck! Marker image. Click for full size.
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 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
Shipwreck! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 23, 2016
2. Shipwreck! Marker
of photo in lower right side of marker:
United States Coast Guard Cutter Cuyahoga
 
Erected by Point Lookout State Park - Maryland Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 2.385′ N, 76° 19.44′ 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.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Bustling Civil War Community (here, next to this marker); Defense Strategies (here, next to this marker); Fort Lincoln (here, next to this marker); John Wilkes Booth (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Point Lookout State Park (about 600 feet away); Point Lookout-Hammond Hospital (about 600 feet away); A Crucial Point (about 600 feet away); Let There Be Light (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scotland.
 
Also see . . .
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. USCGC Cuyahoga. U.S. Coastguard (WIX/WMEC/WSC-157,
U. S. S. <i>Tulip</i> image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 23, 2016
3. U. S. S. Tulip
Close-up of photo on marker
1927) (Submitted on July 2, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. Notable EventsWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
United States Coastguard Cutter <i>Cuyahoga</i> image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
4. United States Coastguard Cutter Cuyahoga
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 7, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,177 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 7, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   2, 3, 4. submitted on July 2, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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