Each Sip & Socialize speaker event begins at 5 p.m. in Phillips Wharf classroom, with wine, refreshments, and light snacks served. Following the speaker presentation will be time for discussion.
Mallows Bay—known as a ship graveyard—is located along the Potomac River in Charles County, Md. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently designated an 18-square mile stretch of the area as the Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary.
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.
Susan B. M. Langley, PhD will present the history of the largest fleet of wooden shipwrecks in the world. Langley will also speak on Mallow Bay's most prominent vessels and its recent designation as a National Marine Sanctuary. The history of Maryland's other maritime heritage resources, and the integral role the fleet now plays in the environment will also be explored.
Dr. Langley has been the Maryland State Underwater Archaeologist for more than 25 years directing the Maryland Maritime Archaeology Program within the Department of Planning’s Maryland Historical Trust. She is an adjunct professor at several colleges and universities, where she teaches underwater archaeology and the anthropology of piracy.
Phillips Wharf Environmental Center's Sip & Socialize Winter Speaker Series is free, with donations gratefully accepted.
Phillips Wharf Environmental Center's Sip & Socialize Winter Speaker Series features volunteers, experts, and Chesapeake Bay industry professionals on topics pertinent to the Chesapeake Bay, wildlife and environmental changes, with more in the series posted at phillipswharf.org.
Phillips Wharf on Tilghman Island, Md. is hosting a talk on the ghost fleet of Mallows Bay on Sat. Feb. 8 beginning at 5 p.m. Maryland State Underwater Archaeologist Susan B. M. Langley, PhD will lead the discussion about the ship graveyard beyond its recent designation as a National Marine Sanctuary. Photo Attribution: F Delventhal from Outside Washington, D.C., US [CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)].