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Searching for Water

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

 
 
Searching for Water Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2016
1. Searching for Water Marker
Inscription.
Imagine you are parched and canít find fresh water. Thatís what happened to John Smith and his crew as they explored the Chesapeakeís Lower Eastern Shore in June 1608.

They sailed up the Pocomoke River, recorded on Smithís map as the Wighcocomoco. Finding only muddy water, they turned back near what is now Pocomoke City, not realizing that a short distance further upriver they could have found the fresh water they so desperately sought.

“The next day, searching them for freshwater, we could find none; the defect whereof forced us to follow the next eastern channel, which brought us to the River of Wighcocomoco (Pocomoke).”

Smith described seeing many low islands along the eastern shore of the Bay. Rising sea levels have caused some islands to disappear and reduced the size of others.

Stuck in Limbo
The crew headed back into the Bay, where a squall nearly sank their boat. Bailing for their lives, they came ashore at Bloodsworth Island, which they named “Limbo.” They stayed two days, repairing damage from the storm.

Explore the John Smith Trail along the Chesapeakeís Lower Eastern Shore:
*Enjoy paddling the more than 30 miles of Janes Island Water Trails.
*Visit the historic town of Crisfield for a firsthand view of Chesapeake watermen at work.
*Visit

Janes Island State Park plaque image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2016
2. Janes Island State Park plaque
Tangier Island to see one of the Eastern Shoreís “shallow broken isles” explored by Smith in 1608.
 
Erected by National Park Service US Department of Interior.
 
Location. 38° 0.591′ N, 75° 50.696′ W. Marker is in Crisfield, Maryland, in Somerset County. Marker is on Alfred Lawson Drive. Touch for map. The marker is located in Janes Island State Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 26280 Alfred Lawson Drive, Crisfield MD 21817, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ye Old St. Peters Methodist Church-Founded 1782 (approx. 1.5 miles away); 'Spirit Of The American Doughboy' (approx. 1.8 miles away); J. Millard Tawes (approx. 1.9 miles away); The J. Millard Tawes Homeplace (approx. 2.1 miles away); Crisfield (approx. 2.3 miles away); Commerce on the Water (approx. 2.5 miles away); The Evolving Crisfield Harbor (approx. 2.5 miles away); Make Peace (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crisfield.
 
Categories. Colonial EraExplorationSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
Anchor on the grounds of Janes Island State Park-Headquarters office image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2016
3. Anchor on the grounds of Janes Island State Park-Headquarters office
Welcome to Janes Island State Park billboard image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2016
4. Welcome to Janes Island State Park billboard
Janes Island State Park boat dock image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2016
5. Janes Island State Park boat dock
Sign at the entrance to Janes Island State Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 22, 2016
6. Sign at the entrance to Janes Island State Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 14, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 14, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 120 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 14, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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