N 39 28.407, W 75 55.112

September 30, 2000

Veazey Cove, Bohemia River, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland

We looked out over the basin at Chesapeake City to see it wreathed with tendrils of mist on a cold mid 40's morning. It felt like almost October today as we hiked around town waiting for the tide. Chesapeake City like many water front areas has gone upscale in the last 30 years. Its old houses have new paint and landscaping and many now contain interesting shops selling local art, crafts, and antiques. The town was founded when the C&D canal was dug. This cut between the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays was started in 1804 and then stalled for 20 years as the money ran out. It restarted in 1824 and was opened for use 5 years later. (This is a considerably less efficient construction schedule than Governor Clinton managed to put together. It only took something like 5 years to run the contemporary Erie between NY and Buffalo).

Today the 14 mile C&D is operated by the Army Corps and is the third busiest ship canal in the world with over 65000 commercial users and countless yachts passing through annually. The early canal had several locks and to make up for water lost in the locking process it also had a pump house at Chesapeake City to bail water from Back Creek into the canal. This is preserved as a museum where the two huge steam engines and the massive wooden waterwheel remain on display. The water wheel had 12 troughs that scooped up water and dumped it into the canal. The engines worked for 76 years with one recorded breakdown says the exhibit.

Looking out at Veazey Cove from a classic Chesapeake gunkhole
Our transit of the canal was uneventful after getting gas and ice at Chesapeake City. At around 1pm Titania officially entered the Bay itself, her birthplace some 30 years ago. (Titania was molded at a boat factory in Salisbury MD).We motored out into the bay on a busy Saturday afternoon and went just around the corner into an anchorage on the Bohemia River. Here we anchored in 8 feet of water and hoped the tide wouldn't go too low this calm day. ( Chesapeake Bay tides can be highly variable in amplitude depending on the wind).

We took the dinghy out for a little "gunk hole" exploring and discovered a pond much like those Lightning 4879 used to stay overnight in 30 years ago. Chris took a picture of the entrance. These undeveloped tree lined wild little back waters used to be everywhere on the Bay and have been the basis of its hugely productive fisheries. It appears condos and short grass lawns haven't come to all of them yet. We await the lifting of an October fog before venturing a bit further down the bay.

Titania at anchor in Veazey Cove

A Veazey Cove neighbor barely visible in the morning fog