Chesapeake Ferries: A Waterborne Tradition, 1636–2000 by Clara Ann Simmons

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Clara Ann Simmons moved to Maryland's Eastern Shore more than fifty years ago and marveled at this land of rivers and creeks and bays. A writer by profession, she became fascinated with water travel in the Chesapeake region, that intricate network of connections "that set the traveler on his way so that he might continue his journey."

Thus opens an engaging and gracefully written narrative that takes the reader from the earliest days of colonial settlement when all who journeyed through the region crossed the waterways, to the age of bridge building that changed forever the way people reach their destinations. The reader meets the lone ferry men and women of the eighteenth century loading packs, animals, and travelers on small craft of every type, the steam ferry investors of later years who saw the future in the rich tradition of water travel. Beautifully illustrated with dozens of photographs and maps, Chesapeake Ferries is a tribute to the region's maritime past.

2009, Clara Ann Simmons, 128 pages, paperback

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