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Location: Crisfield, MD 21817 Somerset County
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N 38° 0.591', W 75° 50.696'

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Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

Imagine you are parched and can't find fresh water. That's what happened to John Smith and his crew as they explored the Chesapeake's Lower Eastern Shore in June 1608.

They sailed up the Pocomoke River, recorded on Smith's map as the Wighcocomoco. Finding only muddy water, they turned back near what is now Pocomoke City, not realizing that a short distance further upriver they could have found the fresh water they so desperately sought.

"The next day, searching them for freshwater, we could find none; the defect whereof forced us to follow the next eastern channel, which brought us to the River of Wighcocomoco (Pocomoke)."

Smith described seeing many low islands along the eastern shore of the Bay. Rising sea levels have caused some islands to disappear and reduced the size of others.

Stuck in Limbo
The crew headed back into the Bay, where a squall nearly sank their boat. Bailing for their lives, they came ashore at Bloodsworth Island, which they named "Limbo." They stayed two days, repairing damage from the storm.

Explore the John Smith Trail along the Chesapeake's Lower Eastern Shore:*Enjoy paddling the more than 30 miles of Janes Island Water Trails. *Visit the historic town of Crisfield for a firsthand view of Chesapeake watermen at work. *Visit
Tangier Island to see one of the Eastern Shore's "shallow broken isles" explored by Smith in 1608.
HM NumberHM1V2A
Placed ByNational Park Service US Department of Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 14th, 2016 at 5:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 425826 N 4207244
Decimal Degrees38.00985000, -75.84493333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 0.591', W 75° 50.696'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 0' 35.46" N, 75° 50' 41.76" W
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Area Code(s)443, 410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 26340-26382 Alfred J Lawson Dr, Crisfield MD 21817, US
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