|| November 29, 1999
|| Chester River, Chestertown, Maryland
|| Teacher Aboard Jeff Webb
This log will be a fun puzzle. You will need a pencil and piece of
paper to work along and solve the puzzle as you read this log. Number
your paper from 1-11. In the log, you will find eleven multiple
choice questions. Write the letter for the answer you choose next to
the number on your paper. To solve the puzzle, we will travel from
Chestertown on Maryland's Eastern Shore to Pride of Baltimore
II's home port of Baltimore. All set? OK, bring on the puzzle,
the puzzlers are ready!
The use of landmarks is helpful when learning the
economics, history, and way of life of an area such as Chestertown,
Maryland. Landmarks can be natural or man-made. Natural landmarks
are those made by nature, such as rivers, bays, swamps, hills,
mountains, and waterfalls, to name a few. Man-made landmarks are those
made by people, such as buildings, houses, roads, bridges, monuments,
and cemeteries, to name a few.
The town of Chestertown, first called the Port
of Chester, was officially founded in 1706. The port was created to advance
trade in the Province of Maryland. The port was to be built on 100
acres of land on the western bank of the Chester River. It was to
include streets, shops, inns, law offices, and a customs office. Port
trade and commerce flourished for nearly 200 years, until automobiles,
trucks, and the railroad replaced the Chester River as a means of
What type of landmarks are the sign and church in the picture
Remember to put the letter of the correct answer (either B. or C. )
next to #1 on your paper.
In 1774 the British government wouldn't let the colonists send a
representative to Parliament where tax laws were made. The British
passed a tax on tea, which the colonists felt was unfair. Colonists
in Boston, Massachusetts, dressed in Indian disguises and boarded
British ships in their harbor. They threw tea overboard to show the
British government they would not be treated unfairly. Chestertown
banned British tea imported to their town to show their sympathy for
the Boston port. No one in Chestertown was to unload, sell, or buy
On May 23, 1774, in broad daylight and not disguised as Indians,
several towns people boarded a brigantine named Geddess docked in
Chestertown. They threw the tea into the Chester River to protest the
tea tax. Also they wanted to show their support for Boston and show
the British that the colonies would stick together.
The Chestertown Tea Party took place on which natural
H. Chester River
I. Chesapeake Bay
This landmark in Chestertown is a monument in memory of soldiers from
Chestertown and Kent County who fought in the Civil War. One side of
the monument lists names of soldiers who fought for the Union. The
other side of the monument lists names of soldiers who fought for the
Confederacy. Some of the same last names, such as Rasin and Baker,
are on both sides. Do you think they could be brothers and cousins,
or even fathers and sons who fought against each other? The Civil War
was known for how it divided friends, relatives, families, and our
The stone Civil War monument is this type of landmark.
Many of the early homes in Chestertown were built along the west bank
of the Chester River. Look at the roof of the white house and notice
the room at the top. Can you predict what this type of room was used
This house was built by a ship owner. The room at the top of the
house was used as an observation tower to look for ships returning to
the port of Chestertown. Sometimes at night, lanterns were left
burning in the "widow's walk" (as it was called) to help ships find
their way. The lantern burning bright became a night time landmark
for returning sailors. Can you think of any reasons why it is called a
The house in the picture above is what type of landmark along
the Chester River?
Today, the Chester River provides income and recreation for many
Marylanders. Oystermen and fishermen work these waters for seafood.
You can see families boating, fishing, and sailing on the Chester
River. What do you think it will look like 200 years from now?
What natural landmark is the town of Chestertown built along?
S. Chesapeake Bay
T. Chester River
One of the most famous man-made landmarks in Chestertown is Washington
On June 2, 1789, George Washington, first President of the United
States of America, came to Washington College to receive an honorary
degree. It is the only college to use his name with his approval.
In what town would you see the man-made landmark, Washington
D. Washington, D.C.
George Washington visited Chestertown several times. He usually
stayed at Worrell's Tavern where he would eat and spend the night.
Worrell's Tavern is located at the corner of Queen and Common Streets
in Chestertown. Are there any buildings in your town over 200 years
old? Have any Presidents ever slept or eaten in your town? Maryland
holds a very special place in the history of George Washington.
Maryland was one of the most powerful colonies and states during our
Is Worrell's Tavern a man-made landmark?
Chestertown's history can also be explored by visiting Chester
Cemetery. It is the final resting place for many of the earliest
residents of the area. The cemetery helps you understand how words
may have been spelled 200 years ago or how long people lived in the
1700's. Some tombstones are inscribed with sayings from the past.
Markers show the art and architecture of the period, such as the
Topping family grave marker. You can even find the grave site of a
U.S. Senator from Chestertown. I found Mr. John Russell's grave
marker very unusual. It is a piece of marble carved into the shape of
a white oak tree trunk. The white oak is the Maryland state tree. I
would like to find out more about Mr. Russell and why he has this
unique grave stone.
A cemetery is a man-made landmark.
You probably would expect to see boats on the Chester River when you
visit. You probably would not expect to see a schooner being built
near the center of town, several blocks away from the river. The
schooner Sultana is being built in Chestertown. It is a reproduction
of a 1767 American-built schooner purchased by the British Royal Navy
to monitor colonial shipping, including that of Chestertown, in the
years before the American Revolution. The new Sultana will serve as a
classroom for the teaching of history and science. The Sultana is
being constructed by the Chester River Arts and Crafts Association. Predict how they will get
the ship to the Chester River.
The Sultana is a reproduction of what type of sailboat?
After leaving the port of Chestertown, Pride of Baltimore II
crept westward along the very foggy Chester River. Most counties had
a two hour delay for school openings because of the thick fog that
day. Watches were set up by the crew all around the ship to look for
man-made navigational landmarks, such as buoys, located in the
Chester River. We finally reached Chesapeake Bay and set full sail
for Baltimore while still in the fog.
The Chesapeake Bay is what type of landmark?
The pictures above and to the right show the Pride of Baltimore II crew at work.
Here are some words I thought about as I watched
them and came to know each of these young men and women:
- team work
- positive attitude
- determined and loyal
My journey ended at the Pride of Baltimore II's home port, the
Inner Harbor of Baltimore. It is too foggy for us to sail today. The
schooner is now berthed and the crew has started maintenance before
they head home for the holidays.
Pride of Baltimore II's home port is Baltimore. Is the city of
Baltimore a natural or man-made landmark?
Brad Fleury is a deckhand aboard Pride II. He has been aboard
for two months. Brad attended Park Elementary School in Glen Burnie.
His hobbies are motorcycling and surfing. He is a cabinet maker and
did much of the woodwork in the Captain's quarters on the U.S.S.
Constellation as it was re-built.
Brad was at the helm of Pride II under full sail, at night, in
the fog as we sailed into Baltimore harbor. He showed a great deal of
responsibility following the Captain's orders and guiding us in
safely. It's a trip I'll never forget, Brad. Great sailing!
Your Teacher Aboard,
Vienna Elementary School
Answer to the Puzzle:
Look at the letters you wrote down as answers to the 11 questions. Do
they spell out any thing? If you got the all right, the should spell
- Ask your parents to take you to Chestertown for the day. There's
plenty for kids and adults to do.
- Get your teacher interested in a field trip to the Sultana.
You and your classmates will really help build the schooner if you go.
- If you have never seen Pride of Baltimore II or been on
it, ask for a field trip there for the holidays. It
would be a present you'll never forget.