Monday, June 09, 2008
Giants of the Chesapeake
Elk River--the northern end of Chesapeake Bay. In the colonial period, Elk Landing served as a vital port serving Philadelphia and the surrounding region.
The C & D Canal opened 1829, creating an all water route from Baltimore to Philadelphia. The canal still provides a vital link between the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays.
By the early 1900's, silting and shoaling destroyed what was left of Elk Landing as a usable port.
Today, the giants emerge from the dense summer haze. A lonely horn sounds as they turn in the channel and steam through the day.
(This weekend we swam with the giants of Chesapeake Bay. They didn't mind the photos, but I'm not sure they appreciated the jet skis buzzing around their bows. Crazy bastards. BTW, little did I know that ship spotting is something like bird watching. This ship, the "Atlas Highway," has spotting images around the internet. Here it is in the Panama Canal. The ship is a vehicle carrier owned by Hyundai.)