“OFF COVE POINT”
Cove Point is located on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay just north of the entrance to the Patuxent River. Any vessels sailing from Annapolis or Baltimore, Maryland to the southern bay would pass this lighthouse. The stone tower and keeper’s cottage were built in 1828 and is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay.
The scene here would have taken place in the early 1900s during the age of sail and steam. A packet steamboat laden with passengers and freight heads to northern ports while a skipjack and schooner sail south. These vessels, carrying freight and produce would often sail on the prevailing tide or a fair wind making nighttime passages routine. The advent of railways and trucking heralded the end of the steamers and many of the sailing vessels by the mid 1900s. Due to the requirement that dredging oysters in Maryland must be done under sail we still have a few skipjacks on the bay, some over 100 years old.
JMB. Fall, 2019
Oil on linen canvas 16” x 20” Overall framed 25” x 29”
TAGS : Wet Off The Easel