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Boats and Houses on the Eastport Waterfront

One Empty Boatyard Slip Along Spa Creek Early on a Summer Morning in Annapolis Maryland July 25th 2017

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Gazing across Spa Creek soon after sunrise I found myself taking in a view of the various types of boats docked in the vicinity of the former Sarles Boatyard. There directly behind the now open sided covered dock shed were predominately Hardiplank sided contemporary style houses set along the elevated banks of the shoreline.

I stood there envisioning the early morning activity taking place around the boatyard back in the 1920s when Benjamin Sarles set about building and repairing boats in Annapolis. Yes back then watermen working the nearby waters and those of the Chesapeake Bay required the services of local boatyards to maintain and repair their boats that provided for their livelihoods. In the years since the recreational aspect of area boating has come to dominate the local maritime services scene those offered by the late Benjamin Sarles have faded into history, along with the local watermen as well.

Yes today the cleaning/refinishing of fiberglass hulls and removing barnacles off props, along with the replacement of canvas sails with those of composites are provided by an assortment of concerns found in Easport and along Back Creek. In addition with a preponderance of electronics commonly in use on modern boats those associated service companies are also in demand. Actually today’s boat detailing and winterization businesses are often known to provide after use wash down and cleaning services for those owners too busy to do so after returning to their respective docks.

In any event with the current property owners moving ahead on their redevelopment plans for the former Sarles Boatyard it will simply be a matter of time before the last vestiges of the early 1900s boatyard vanish from this Eastport shoreline.

Have a great day,

Glenn

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