WeRmudfun 1,324 views. Mallows Bay, a unique cultural and ecological site in Charles County, is one step closer to being designated as the Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary and Marylanders now have the opportunity to show their support. REEDJacob, for someone who's never been, how would you describe the Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay? So, it's become this sort of unique, natural place. Their hulls peek out of the waters of the Potomac. NANJEMOY, MD â Mallows Bay is a small bay on the Maryland side of the Potomac River that is home to what is considered to be the âlargest shipwreck fleet in the Western Hemisphereâ.. FENSTONI mean, it's sort of like -- or people say it's like a national park, underwater. And the visuals that go along with this project are just absolutely stunning. And then they gave up on that, after a while. Get Directions. At low tide, they emerge eerily from the water — a “ghost fleet” of wooden steamships dating back to World War I. It’s called Mallows Bay, and it’s one of the largest collections of shipwrecks in the world. Bethlehem Steel came in and did it on an industrial scale. This shallow embayment, and the waters immediately adjacent, boasts one of the largest assemblages of shipwrecks in the Western Hemisphere, known as the âGhost Fleetâ of Mallows Bay. What does that designation mean? Because it's really amazing, if you look at a satellite map of it, you can see all of the shipwreck halls crammed together like sardines in this little cove. But you can take the walking tour, and it takes you down by the Burning Basin, and it takes you down to Liverpool Cove. The historic shipwrecks of Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary provide habitat for birds and other wildlife. REEDTyrone, tell us a little bit about the biodiversity of Mallows Bay. And they were interesting things there. REEDSo, how did they end up in Mallows Bay? And the first thing we did was run into a waterman, laying out his nets. The sanctuary boasts a diverse collection of historic shipwrecks dating back to the Revolutionary War, but is most renowned for the remains of over 100 wooden steamships known as the Ghost Fleet. And the Army, or the federal government authorized the salvage of some of the metal, because we needed the metal. To really explore the shipwrecks, you need a boat. I was taking a program in cinematography. Surrounded by steep, tree-covered hillsides, Mallows Bay is home to the largest shipwreck graveyard in the Northtern Hemisphere, according to a Charles â¦ One of her names was Virginia, Lady Virginia. It's free, too. TURNERWell, like Jacob said before, you know, we got out there, and bald eagles were there, and osprey carrying fish. WAMUâs Jacob Fenston and Tyrone Turner visited Mallows Bay, by canoe and kayak, to document the unusual waterscape the shipwrecks have created. You know, it'll look familiar from a journey to the pet store. Tyrone, you're the Visuals Editor at WAMU. Youâre looking at some of the approximately 200 shipwrecks of the Ghost Fleet of the Potomac. Now, Mallows Bay and its shipwrecks have received official protection from the federal government. But that's coming out very soon, next week. One of the largest collections of shipwrecks in the world rests about 30 miles south of Washington in a place called Mallows Bay. By warâs end in 1918, only 87 were sailing. Then I came back some years after that to do a photoshoot, and ended up doing about 15 years’ worth of archeology there. And there's a boat ramp there, as well. And we didn't know where we were going. And they moved them to Mallows Bay. I'm wondering if you could tell us about your next book. Located in Mallows Bay near the Maryland town of Nanjemoy, the Ghost Fleet is the largest and most varied collection of historic shipwrecks in the Western Hemisphere, spanning over three centuries of â¦ REEDIs there anything that you all would want listeners to know about Mallows Bay that we haven't covered, or that they might want to look out for when they go to visit? REEDTyrone Turner, the Visuals Editor for WAMU. And what are the options for those of us who can't navigate the trip on our own? Jess says: I just wrote a book on D.C. Most are the remains of wooden steamships that date back to the first World War 1. But I'm wondering where the best place to put into the river is? Today, Mallows Bay is the final resting place of up to 200 shipwrecks. And it was incredible. But she was built right after the war. But if you look at the aerial photos of Mallows Bay, it's like, especially in the summer, it's just this matt of green. It's just an amazing and weird place that you kind of have to look at photos or visit to get a sense of. And they did. But, in a way, it sort of has played a role in the ecosystem that the native grasses, you know, which died off because of pollution, haven't been able to play. SHOMETTELet me just add that it is actually a joint partnership with the State of Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland Historical Trust, and NOAA. Good to be here. We didn't do any fishing. CHARLIEHi. FENSTONWell, there's a boat ramp right there at Mallows Bay and Charles County. There was one, when the Confederates attempted to take Washington and free 20,000 prisoners at Point Lookout. Wednesday, Nov 25 2020Condos, Howard University, charter schools, Whole Foods and housing for the homeless are all in the mix. But it's not like, you kind of have to figure it out on your own a little bit. And you can see, sort of along the shore, there's a bunch of them that are pushed up against the beach, with plants growing out of them. E.W.Good. It is an amazing place to kayak, fish and nature watch. And it was this, you know, a big day of ship launching. REEDI have here an announcement that the dedication of the Mallows Bay Sanctuary will take place this Saturday, the 9th. And it's right near that Nanjemoy area, of Nanjemoy, Maryland. The shipwrecks at Mallows Bay have become artificial reefs, providing habitat to many types of fish and wildlife. And there they lay, after the onset of the Depression. Actually, we've done quite a bit of filming down there with different newsgroups, as well. Thanks for being here. Itâs sort of like a national park, but in the water. Matt McIntosh/NOAA. Wooden ships burning in Potomac at Widewater, VA. Nov. 1925. The shipwrecks of Mallows Bay have created a synthetic environment that in its slow but certain evolution has held and enriched the sediments. Like when we were paddling around at low tide there's areas you can't get to because of the hydrilla is just clogging it. Military shipwrecks dating as far back as the Revolutionary War and including ships from the Civil War and both World War I and World War II were deliberately sunk here at Mallows Bay â¦ And when we entered the war, at that time, the Germans were sinking one out of every two ships that left the British or French port. It is an amazing place to kayak, fish and nature watch. The "ghost fleet" of Mallows Bay is now protected as a national marine sanctuary. SHOMETTEJust come on down on the 9th , 9:30 in the morning 'till 11:00. Mallows Bay Mallows Bay is a small bay on the Maryland side of the Potomac River in Charles County, Maryland, USA. Gravel parking for 20 trailers. A lot of wildlife and it inspires me to hear this show to go back down and check it out. But how did these ships end up the Potomac in the first place? REEDSo, Mallows Bay is one of only 14 National Marine Sanctuaries in the country. Mallows Bay Park is well maintained, has clean porta-johns, parking, some picnic tables, and an excellent put-in, with both a boat ramp and a canoe/kayak launch back in an inlet. We haven't got an army. So, at the end of the war, time marched on. REEDJacob, for many decades Mallows Bay was, effectively, a junkyard. I don't think I've ever seen as many osprey in my life. This shallow embayment, and the waters immediately adjacent, boasts one of the largest assemblages of shipwrecks in the Western Hemisphere, known as the âGhost Fleetâ of Mallows Bay. How does that story begin? And there's going to be some kayaks there that are not being charged to use. They provide habitat and structure for animals and, you know, underwater creatures that isn't super-common within the Chesapeake Watershed. Apparently, it's a great place to go fishing. Friday, Nov 27 2020Learn how to adopt a pet, and some tips and tricks to help you train your new puppy. All types of things happened there. Nobody has ever focused on it, because there were no huge battles. That's my ship, get off of my ship. But there's just so many more angles that you can see it from. By warâs end in 1918, only 87 were sailing. Itâs a sunny morning in August and Mallows Bay is far from spooky. And then brought to the Chesapeake. Itâs sort of like a national park, but in the water. Please stay tuned. From the boat â¦ Bootleggers also favored Mallows Bay because it was easy to elude authorities among the shipwrecks. She served time in World War II, carrying strategic materials from South America. REEDIf I'm not mistaken, you also made a short film about Mallows Bay when you were in school. I have a canoe, and I'd be interested in touring Mallows Bay. The war ended before the ships could be used and many of them were scuttled to the Potomac River for the purpose of salvaging scrap metal such as engines, steam boilers, and propellers. I have lived for, you know, about 10 years. This is mother nature reasserting herself, and that is one of the most unique environmental things that's happening there. At low tide, the wooden steamships, which date back to World War I, emerge eerily from the water. On the Maryland side of the Potomac River just west of Chesapeake Bay, the largest shipwreck fleet in the Western Hemisphere sits half-sunk and decomposing. Could you tell us about the Accomac. US: Marylandâs Mallows Bay becomes wartime shipwreck sanctuary. We left from Mattawoman and went down the river. Get Directions. We've also got a call from Charlie. Wednesday, Nov 25 2020Writer and Johns Hopkins professor Danielle Evans joins the show to discuss her latest story collection, which confronts race, grief and belonging — all with the not-so-distant past looming in the background. And then when I saw images of it, I was just, wow, this is incredible. REEDHow did you all reach these ships, in the first place? We're talking about the Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay. A charter or a group excursion, perhaps? And I got a Kojo Nnamdi producer to record the piano music, a former coworker to sing it. And the caption explains that the newspaper photographer had been in a flight over the river to take pictures of these icebreakers. So, I think sort of reading up on it a little bit before you go will really make it way more interesting. REEDAwesome, thank you for calling. Itâs called Mallows Bay, and itâs one of the largest collections of shipwrecks in the world. Which, by the way, was a Civil War base, where 5,000 Union troops were based. 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