The author, Captain Michael Dodd, grew up in Baltimore and spent many hours on the Chesapeake Bay throughout most of his life. His book outlines a fascinating exploration of 23 cities and towns on the Bay from a waterborne perspective. He and his wife, Maureen, motored the length of the Bay during the Covid year of 2020. This book describes their journey, and each chapter starts with a delightful historic outline of the port visited. Little tidbits of tantalizing facts are discovered and explored and make this book more than a simple travelogue. Who knew there was a German U-boat at the bottom of the Potomac River? Or that tiny Tangier Island, Virginia, in the central Bay, was a British resupply fort during the War of 1812? We all know that Francis Scott Key wrote the "Star Bangled Banner" while observing the bombardment of Ft. McHenry in Baltimore. But did you know that he was a temporary captive on a British ship when he watched the event unfold?
The author's easy writing style makes this book attractive not only to yachtsmen and boaters of all stripes but to anyone with an interest in American history, as well.
This book includes:
* 23 ports of call
* Detailed sights to see and historic places to visit
* Describes entrance to each port
* Offers suggestions for restaurants and shopping spots
* Overnight visits to each port - with extra nights at Baltimore, Annapolis, Washington DC, Yorktown, and St. Michaels
* Suggestions for marinas
* Summary of historic events related to the Bay and its perspective in history