Thanks for the tips about Artificial Island and Arnold Point, I’ll have to explore those on the map. The processes the same but instead of using criticality, the steam is powered by polluting coal on the other side. In the 1980’s there was beached at mallow bay an intact wooden vessel in good condition. The bay is the location of what is regarded as the "largest shipwreck fleet in the Western Hemisphere" and is described as a "ship graveyard." Interesting, thanks for bringing this to my attention Jorge. For me, Mallows Bay stands as a monument to our nation’s evolving role in the world.” Coincidence.Discovered this Mallow Bay thread only a week ago, and really enjoyed. Do you have any pictures of your table? Mallows Bay includes historic vessels dating back to the Revolutionary War and remains of the largest ‘Ghost Fleet’ of the World War I steamships. Now I want to go find this place. 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. I would love to see if our table matches yours. Nov 4, 2015 - he strange voyage of the ghost fleet. THE WOODEN SHIPS OF MALLOWS BAY. The ship is newer than most at Mallows Bay — it was in service until the 1960s. To save time and money the builders used wood rather than the more expensive steel, at the time reserved for vessels that would see combat. You’re referring to these, correct? Wooden ships being constructed on the ways. Disposing of ships en masse did not become the standard procedure, however, and the salvage operations returned to their slower pace. They were sunk in a ring formation to make a breakwater for the dredging equipment used to deepen the Delaware River channel and create the island. Thank you. They found her standing straight up – frozen. Great post. Wooden ships owned by Western Marine & Salvage tied together, likely on the Potomac or at Mallows Bay.“Western Marine & Salvage Co.” Glass negative. never knew the history though. Will have to pay a visit next time I’m in the States. But before they could do that, Western Marine went bankrupt. While part of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 tasked the USSB with selling the vessels to American shipping companies to further bolster the United States’ role in worldwide shipping, the sluggish economy hampered their ability to sell them. Accommodations: 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. This was the first federal agency tasked with promoting a U.S. merchant marine and regulating U.S. commercial shipping. Technical quibble: it wasn’t the diesel, but the advent of oil fuel that made the coal-burning EFC ships obsolete. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your story, Liz. Ships suffered leaking issues, were poorly caulked, and were too small to be efficient long-distance shippers. You may also want to check out Don Shomette’s book “Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay” that provides the entire history. Eventually, the hulls were moved to Mallows Bay to be burned and beached. The lack of effective oversight was realized when a Congressional report in October of 1918 revealed only 134 ships had been completed. By October 1918, 134 ships had been built; however, when Germany surrendered the following month, essentially ending the war, the ships never crossed the Atlantic. It also served the Sea scouts a maritime version of the boy scouts. After World War I the war-effort levels of demand and high costs of steel subsided, moving the shipbuilding industry toward steel construction for all vessels. In the meantime, the USSB moored the majority of the wooden steamships at two separate anchorages on the James River in Virginia while they looked for a buyer. The ships extend 14 square miles making it the largest ship graveyard in the Western Hemisphere. I added a link back to your page above the video. These organizations argued that leaving the wrecks in Mallows Bay would protect the environment flourishing at the site and prevent pollution caused by a disposal process. In 1942 the government contracted with the Bethlehem Steel Corporation to recover an estimated 20,000 tons of iron from the wrecks in the bay. It was built in 1882 when the people that owned the Chatterton manor estate divided the property between four of the children (John Tayloe – not sure which generation – was the owner for probably 100 years or so), I was told that at some point in the early 1900s, whichever of the Tayloe children (now adults) was living in the large manor estate – the man lost the property through gambling and the family had to move out of the large house into the smaller farmhouse on the river. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites. A lock ( LockA locked padlock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. In the early 20th century, hundreds of U.S. vessels were sent to Mallows Bay to be destroyed and scrapped – and to this day the remains of dozens can still be seen in the shallow water. The U.S. had warships, but a shortage of transport vessels led President Woodrow Wilson to approve, in April of 1917, the greatest shipbuilding program in history: an order for 1,000 300-ft long steamships to be built in only 18 months. Two years later in September of 1922, Western Marine & Salvage Company (WMSC) purchased 233 of the ships in the fleet for $750,000. Ultimately, the EFC program was reported to have built 285 ships through August of 1920, and of those – 152 ended up in Mallows Bay within nine years. The plan was to tow the fleet to an authorized mooring area near Widewater, VA for scrapping. Mallows Bay–Potomac River is a 18 square mile area of the tidal Potomac River adjacent to Charles County. While over 130 ships had been completed, only 98 had actually been delivered. To address the severe shipping shortage, the EFC proposed the construction of hundreds of 240-300 foot long wooden steamships to supplement the construction of steel steamships. Also, National Geographic had a story in the Oct 1969 issue with some great pix. All of the Potomac waters belong to Maryland. If you don’t like liberals running your life for you I suggest you leave the state of Maryland. Mallows Bay is already a popular tourist spot, where visitors can kayak through shipwrecks and observe an array of wildlife, including bald eagles and osprey. The family lives about 20 minutes from Mallow’s Bay. World's Largest Old Car Junkyard: Old Car City U.S.A. Largest Abandoned Factory in the World: The Packard Factory, Detroit. We have a view of Wide Water from our porch where it sits. So of course, that was heresay. Wow… I had only heard of the Bay… I live waterfront at Widewater Beach. The bid failed when it was discovered the watermen had partnered up with the local power company who was looking to re-claim the land around Mallows Bay for private enterprise. Of those, only 76 had been used to carry cargo as intended. In September 1944, Bethlehem halted the salvage effort, leaving more than 100 vessels in the bay. . 18-AA-70-44; “Mallows Bay, MD.” April 8, 1936; “Airscapes” of American and Foreign Areas, 1917 – 1964; Records of the Army Air Forces, ca. They would take a … Thank you for your comments. My cousin contacted me and asked if I wanted the table. An old black guy lived in the shack but I can’t remember his name. live 15 mins from here go fishing there alot. They call it The Ghost fleet of Of Mallows Bay, for this is where a great number of ships are brought to rest in the shallow water of the bay.But in order to understand how these hundreds of ships came here, we have to travel back to the First World War, when America decides to join the bloodshed. There are LOTS of bolts that are exposed if you are right up on/over them, but make sure you get out before low tide, or you will be stuck until the next high tide. Thanks for the additional info Janet. 1925. the long vessel along the shore in Mallows Bay is the Morris Springer a Coast Guard sea rescue vessel its also in the Wippeka on Mallows Bay. The 14-square mile ships' graveyard in Mallows Bay, in Charles County, Maryland, is home to dozens of wooden steamships built for the US Emergency Fleet during WWI. Approximately 30 miles south of Washington, D.C., in the shallow waters of a small Maryland bay, lay the largest tangible remnants of the Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) original predecessor, the United States Shipping Board (USSB). In March of 1993, a Maryland grant approved a study to research the fleet at Mallows Bay and measure its cost of disposal, effect on the environment, and to inventory what vessels were left for historical and archaeological purposes. ; There are 185 archeologically-documented shipwrecks. I did not know the history but was fascinated by it. The company initially planned to tow each vessel to Alexandria, Virginia, remove any machinery, and tow it back to Widewater where they would burn the hull, leaving only the metal fittings behind for further salvage. Good warning about the protruding bolts as well. When I inquired about the picture it was confirmed to be mallow bay where this photo was taken by my friend. The DelBay ships have the same construction. Thanks for filling me in. Lol Then we find this very article!! He passed away before I was born, and I never knew what became of the boat named after him. Vessels would continue to be abandoned in Mallows Bay as recent as the 1980s. The Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary occupies an 18 square mile area. The USSB’s World War I shipbuilding program provided the government with valuable experience in planning and conducting a massive shipbuilding program, lessons that would prove crucial when the United States once again needed to rapidly build a merchant fleet to overcome worldwide shipping shortages and merchant shipping losses during World War II. In Mallows Bay, a ‘ghost fleet’ of wrecked ships is very much alive Kayakers make their way through the 18-square-mile Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary. However, the operation was too difficult and costly even for a company as powerful and efficient as Bethlehem Steel. However, when I requested Chatterton’s history from one of the descendants, she marked that part out of the papers she sent me. The ‘Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay’ in pictures. When Bethlehem Steel was done, there were still over 100 ship hulks left in the bay. To monitor progress and enforce the contracts, the Emergency Fleet Corporation (EFC) was formed to oversee the 87 shipyards who would participate in the program. Mallows Bay is the resting place of almost 200 ships, many of them WW-I cargo vessels that were built in a hurry, and then just as quickly became surplus. 1902 – 1964, Record Group 18, National Archives at College Park, College Park, MD. The vessel is no longer their and I assume it became a victim of many storm and the aging process. That’s a real piece of history there! Kinda hidden in the brush would like to kmow where that came from. Additionally, the invention of the diesel engine made the coal-burning vessels obsolete. The complaints eventually led WM&SC to suspend disposal operations and in April 1924 the company purchased a large tract of land on the opposite side of the river at Mallows Bay in Maryland, for a new scrapping site. Would be interested in a photo. Great question, and could be? Actually, if you go up on top of the hill above the boat ramp and near the picnic tables, there are kiosk with an abbreviated version of the history and some photo’s. In 1989, we inherited a 12 foot long mess hall table that had been in m husband’s family since about 1920 +/- 10 years. While the USSB initially focused on building a large American merchant fleet, the United States’ entry into the war on April 6, 1917, accelerated the need for ships to support the war effort. Now I’m considering a road trip to Maryland. I think the photo is from around 1970-72. Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife. By July 1920 shipyards had delivered a total of 296 wooden steamships, most of which were eventually employed in coastwise and Hawaiian trade service. So saying on the Maryland side is not true. Click here for audio of Episode 1387. I have an old 1960s photo that is in pretty good condition. The table was used at my mothers family summer cottage on the river at Wide Water in the early1920’s and later the table ended up in Manassas at a antique car museum. The bay is the location of what is regarded as the "largest shipwreck fleet in the Western Hemisphere" and is described as a "ship graveyard. Learn how your comment data is processed. Mallows Bay is most renowned for its “Ghost Fleet,” the partially submerged remains of more than 100 wooden steamships that were built in response to threats from World War I-era German U-boats that were sinking ships in the Atlantic. ... Western Marine and Salvage Corporation bought most of the ships and kept them in the Potomac River near Mallows Bay. The United States’ entry into World War II in 1941 revived the government’s need for scrap metal, and a large amount still remained at Mallows Bay. The wife and I are daredevils and decided to swim out at high tide to the only visable boat above water. Wow, that’s pretty neat Andy. Aerial photo of the ship graveyard in Mallows Bay, circa 1942 The story of the ships at Mallows Bay begins when the United States entered World War I. Again this is the reason why you are not allowed in this area any longer. Cheers! Makes me wonder if one of these boats is currently resting on Curtis Bay, MD. Tim Chester: just found this – Morris Springer was my maternal grandfather. He wrote a book about the ships, aptly titled “Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay.” In his house in Maryland, he shows me into a room packed with binders and boxes — his Mallows Bay archive. A vast ship graveyard on the western shore of Charles County has the wrecks of more than 230 ships, including 81 wooden steamships built by the U.S. Government during World War I. Secure .gov websites use HTTPS Researchers learned the hulks had created a mini-ecosystem in the Bay for fish & many birds.