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RiverPalooza- Ghost Fleet Paddle Mallows Bay

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Where: Mallows Bay Boat Ramp
1440 Wilson Landing Rd
Nanjemoy, Maryland  20662
United States
Contact: Alisha Camacho

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Join your Potomac Riverkeeper, The Chesapeake Conservancy and REI for a guided and interpretive paddle to learn about the history of the Ghost Fleet. Dr. Susan Langley, Maryland State Underwater Archaeologist, will provide an overview of the history of Mallows Bay and explain its unique features and ecological importance. Within the small bay in Southern Maryland, about 30 miles south of Washington, DC, lie hundreds of shipwrecks dating back to the Revolutionary War. Most of them are from World War I. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently declared its intent to designate Mallows Bay on the Potomac River, as a new National Marine Sanctuary. Mallows Bay, one of the largest assemblages of historic shipwrecks in the Western Hemisphere, is known as the “Ghost Fleet” of the Potomac. Surrounding the bay are sandy bluffs topped with trees, which provide magnificent roosts for bald eagles. Marshy tributaries rich in wildlife provide a quiet counterpart to the historic wreckage. The historic Bay is located along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.

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