Cruises, Mainly in the Bay of the Chesapeake. Robert Barrie, George Barrie Jr, Alfred L. Loomis.

Cruises, Mainly in the Bay of the Chesapeake

Bryn Mawr: Franklin Press, 1909 [1956]. 3rd Edition. Black & White Photographs, 1 Map. Full cloth. Octavo. [xvi], 276, [2] pages. Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket. Bound in light blue cloth over boards with black-stamped yachting vignette on upper board, black-stamped titles on spine. Jacket has shallow edge chips and a few closed edge tears.

A Chesapeake Bay classic. The first book to draw significant attention to the Bay as ideally suited for pleasure boating. The Barrie brothers were members of the Corinthian Yacht Club in Philadelphia, and made their first cruise the Bay in 1897 by way of the C&D Canal. The reign of the skipjack among Chesapeake Bay workboats had begun, and there were numerous other workboats plying the Bay's waters, but there were very few pleasure boats. George Barrie later recalled that "Yachts [on the Bay] in those days were almost as scarce as hen's teeth. " (Burgess, "This was Chesapeake Bay"). The Barries' book is written in a superbly readable style and does not confine itself to scenes on the water. Includes many interesting vignettes of Annapolis, Oxford, St. Michael's, activity around the boatyards, etc. Illustrated with dozens of photographs depicting the native sailing craft as well as scenes in the sleepy shore towns and boatyards. One fold-out map of the Bay at rear. A handsome copy of an uncommon and important Chesapeake item. See HOWES #B-176; TOY #1023; PRATT, EASTERN SHORE #35; MORRIS & HOWLAND p. 11, etc. . Jacket in Mylar protector.

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