Not a long day, about 4 1/2 hours, but traveling a fair distance that, by land, was only a few miles away. Various books and websites recommended this anchorage due to it's mud, protection, and the college that provides a free dinghy dock. It is a bit out of the way, but we're taking our time, dragging our heals a bit before heading south. Letting those hurricanes do their thing.
Many sources said there were lots of walkways here. So we decided to get some exercise and check it out.
|Good water today|
|inQuest anchored where ships have anchored|
for nearly 400 years.
St. Mary was the capitol city of Maryland (get it?). The settlers from England came here in 1634 on 2 vessels, the Dove and the Ark. Maryland was named Terra Maria, after Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of England's King Charles I. St. Mary was the first settlement, and once the capitol was moved to Annapolis, fell to abandonment. Within the last 50 years or so an effort to bring back the history put it back on the maps. Some buildings were rebuilt, others just framed to show location and scale. It is quite impressive.
|Graveyard overlooks the river.|
|Just a dedication but still impressive|
|It wasn't good business to lock up a man for a crime, since|
there was work to be done. So public humiliation was used instead.
|Full scale replica of the Dove. It's the smaller of the two vessels|
that came here, and it carried cargo mostly. The Ark carried passengers.
In all around 140 people came to settle here.
|The four month boat ride started in England and took|
a southerly route before heading north.