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Lecture: The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay: A Forgotten American Treasure

Lecture: The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay: A Forgotten American Treasure

From March 20, 2014 7:00 pm until March 20, 2014 8:30 pm Save to calendar

At 723 Second Street Annapolis, MD 21403

Posted by Caitlin Swaim


Don Shomette, CEO Cultural Resource Management 

Lecture Highlights

On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson issued a national call to arms against Imperial Germany. What followed in the United States was a frenzied effort to build 1,000 wooden merchant ships in 18 months, in the greatest shipbuilding campaign in history, to replace those being destroyed in German's campaign of unrestricted submarine warfare. Under the newly created U.S. Shipping Board, the Emergency Fleet Corporation embarked on a course that, in the span of the following pivotal years of American history, came to exhibit mankind's genius, ignorance, avarice, drive—and folly. Today, the largest portion of that fleet, a veritable time capsule waiting to be opened, still rests on the shallow, muddy floor of the Potomac River at Mallows Bay, Maryland, just 30 miles below the White House. In Mallows Bay, the World War I vessel remains, as well as scores of others dating from the American Revolution onward, represents the largest assemblage of historic shipwrecks in the Western Hemisphere and one of the most unique marine and archaeological environments in the world.

Speaker Bio:

  • Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York graduate in art and art history
  • Journalist with Wall Street Journal, Grolier Publishing, and Washington Post
  • Library of Congress (20 years) and Director of Nautical Archeological Associates
  • Cultural resources management consultant for states, U.S. Government agencies, museums, universities, and non-profit research establishments
  • Marine archeological research under sponsorship of National Geographic Society, the National Park Service, U.S. Navy, and various educational foundations and museums
  • Author of 15 books—most recently "Flotilla: the Patuxant Naval Campaign in the War of 1812 (Johns Hopkins University Press)
  • Contributor to three international encyclopedias and fife anthologies of history and archeology
  • Many scientific and popular articles and appearances in documentaries on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, MPT, NBC, CBS
  • Lecturer for Smithsonian Journeys Program in Great Lakes and along entirety of North American Atlantic seaboard
  • Recent endeavors in historic cartography and lyricist and music producer
  • Two time winner of John Lymen Book award for best American Maritime History
  • Awarded Maryland's Calvert Prize for Historic Preservation
  • Awarded Honorary Ph.D in Humane Literature from the University of Baltimore in 1997
  • Currently CEO of Cultural Resources Management
  • Resides in Dunkirk Maryland
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