The Start of Something Big

The Start of Something Big (HM3B5)

Location: Annapolis, MD 21403 Anne Arundel County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 58.504', W 76° 28.832'

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This is where Eastport's famed boat building industry began. On this site in 1868, a German immigrant named Wilhelm Heller began crafting fine wooden boats. His reputation spread and business flourished. Heller's became the largest boatyard on Spa Creek serving both commerical fishing boats and pleasure craft.

After Heller died in 1916, his son Henry ran the yard. Over the next twenty years, traditional wooden workboats like skipjacks, bugeyes, and pungy schooners slowly disappeared from the Chesapeake Bay. When Henry died in 1936, the yard closed.

Later, modern boatyards moved into the area. Notice the machiner now used to haul boats from the water to get them "on the hard" for service and repairs.Text with upper left photo: Marine railways were used to haul boats ashore for repairs.

Text with main photo: In the foreground, a skipjack has been raised from the water on the marine railway. Two others are "on the hard" beyond.
HM NumberHM3B5
Placed ByChesapeake Bay Gateways Network, Annapolis Maritime Museum, Four Rivers Garden Club
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Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 8:30pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 371750 N 4315052
Decimal Degrees38.97506667, -76.48053333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 58.504', W 76° 28.832'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 58' 30.24" N, 76° 28' 49.92" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443, 703, 240, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 301 First St, Annapolis MD 21403, US
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