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Last Minute Rental Available for Ghost Fleet Kayaking Trip

From: Kellie C.
Sent on: Sunday, May 13, 2012 4:31 AM

Hey Guys,

GOOD NEWS!!!  We have two additional kayaks available.  Please call Kellie at[masked] to rent.


Ghost Fleet of The Potomac Paddle! Join Us for a 5-7 Mile Paddle to One of the Largest Ship Graveyards in the World!

A most scenic paddle along the potomac River to one of the worlds largest ship graveyard! An Easy Tidal Flat Water Trip that is Great for Beginners and Skilled Paddlers Alike!

We Have 2 Sit On Tops (SOT) Kayaks to Rent on a first come first serve basis for a flat fee of 20.00 dollars, including portage, paddle, PFD, and a large dry bag. The guide will be bringing them with him so this will save you having to pick up your own rental, buy a rack, as well as portage. That is if you do not own your own boat, yet... We will only bring the 2 additional(in addition to th 3 e already have rented)addional rentals with us if they are rented, so please e-mail Kellie at [address removed] if interested. Please do not make rental requests in the RSVP or comment field below, becauseit is too difficult to keep up with requests made in multiple locations. As a result, I can only count requests made through e-mail. Thanks so much for your understanding. Your guide will bring you the boat along with a paddle, PFD, and a large dry bag.


During World War I, Congress embarked on an ambitious ship-building program to help put the nation on a war footing. As part of this effort, it authorized the construction of several hundred wooden hulled transport ships. Political infighting, excessive bureaucratic red tape, and various technical problems delayed construction of the ships, so that when the war ended, not a single one of the wooden boats had set sail across the Atlantic. When world trade contracted after the war, the ships were rendered useless. After lying idle for decades, they eventually were abandoned in little known Mallows Bay, a shallow out of the way bay on the tidal Potomac River. This area was covered with warm shallow water which made it a suitable habitat for sand tiger sharks, mackerel sharks, Turritella (snails) and Eagle Rays more specifically Cownose Rays which all lived during this time period.

Mallows Bay where we put in, is home to about 150 abandoned ships, making it one of the largest ship’s graveyards in the world. Over time, the forgotten ships have mostly rotted away, but a few ships still poke above the waterline. Satellite pics of the area show the outlines of dozens of ship hulls below the waterline. The ships now provide habitat for fish and birds, an make an excellent place to spend some time exploring by canoe or kayak!

Click Here for a very interesting and informative story " The Ghost Fleet of Mallaw's Bay" shared by one of our members, Vicky! Click Here for pics from a paddlers trip, "Fossil Guy" (I can only credit the name shown because I don't see a "real" name) which has a narrative as well and is a great preview of what we will be seeing! This is very exciting!

The shores sandy beach make an excellent launching place in addition to a great place to explore on foot for fossil gathering. Because of this, we will have a post paddle fossil hunt at the lower tide (if our timing works out) and see how many sharks teeth we. Heading upriver from the park. Kayaks are ideal for this trip; although canoes will be fine in calm weather. Mallows Bay very easily identified once you get near where the ships are by the presence of a giant iroen shipwreck, an abandoned old ferry called the “Accomac". which is pictured in the picture link above: then you know you hav e found the massive ship graveyard!

Paddle Trip Information

A ctivity Type: Kayak/Canoe
Nearby City: Potomac River, MD

Put In/Launch Site: Mallows Bay

Length: About 5 Miles of Tidal Flat Water Paddling
Approximate Paddling Time: About 3-4 hours for proper time to enjoy it
Water Type: Tidal Flat Water
Difficulty: Easy and Appropriate for Beginners

Weather Information
We paddle shine only and also due to the location, we will also cancel for choppy water. Click here to see an up to the minute forecast for where we will be exploring. IF this event is cancelled due to weather and you are signed up to go, you will be notified no later than 7:00 p.m. the night before the paddle.

Kayak or canoe, paddle, personal flotation device. If you rent a boat from us we also supply you with a paddle, PFD, and a large dry bag.

Park And/Or Launch Fee
None, yay!

What is the Event Fee For?

Click here to find out why there is a $15.00 event fee associated with guided paddle trips.

Carpool Information

There are 2 carpools for this paddle but be certain they have racks for the boats!
Baltimore Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore metro area, meet at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station. Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members. Be SURE that whomever you carpool with has room for your boat!

DC Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, meetup at the Centerville Park and Ride. Click here for informationand directions to the Centerville location. Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members. Be SURE that whomever you carpool with has room for your boat!

If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations such as the DC area, please post your location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!

Directions to Where We Meet for the Paddle

Click Here for directions to where we meet for this paddle!

Paddle is at 9:00 a.m.

Carpool meetup time from Savage Station is 7:00 a.m.

Carpool meetup time at Centerville Park and Ride is 7:30 a.m.

Our Paddling Disclaimer Blurb and Refund Policy

By attending this or any other paddling/hiking event with The Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group, you are agreeing that you are responsible for your own safety at all times. No member of the group except yourself can be held responsible for any damages, accidents, or liabilities incurred while paddling with us. Paddling is an inherently dangerous sport like any other outdoor activity. Information is provided with the understanding that the providers are not engaged in rendering advice on technical matters, equipment performance, safety, or any other aspect of the sport in absolute terms or advocating any of the techniques or experiences described.

This trip and our kayak rentals are non-refundable and non-transferable, period. Please take this into consideration prior to RSVP'ing for this event. It is your responsibility to secure a boat for this trip before RSVP'ing. Refunds are not provided if you RSVP for the trip without making sure you had a boat for the trip. A detailed explanation of why there are no refunds for kayak trips is provided in the link provided under the heading "What is the Event Fee For" above. I am putting this here in great detail in case you change your mind, or could not get a boat, that it has been clear since this was first posted that there are no refunds for this trip.

See you There for This Great Adventure!

Mike Harris:[masked]

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