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Maritime Annapolis: A History of Watermen, Sails and Shipmen

Annapolis: the boater's paradise

"Maritime Annapolis: A History of Watermen, Sails and Shipmen" ($19.99, The History Press, 2009) by Rosemary F. Williams depicts the history of the city from its earliest beginnings.

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The book chronicles the city's important role in the rush for oysters, often called "Chesapeake Gold" in the 1800s, and the ominous warning in 1884 of the oyster population being decimated in the bay. Williams also discusses how the city became home to the United States Naval Academy.

Williams is a journalist by trade who won a national Emmy for her coverage of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and has worked as an executive producer of news for MSNBC for many years. When she's not doing her day job, Williams is a member of both the Chesapeake Bay and Annapolis Maritime museums. She lives in Eastport, Md., with her husband John, a retired U.S. Marine, and her two lab-mix dogs, Samantha and Princess Buttercup. For information, visit

This article originally appeared in the Home Waters Sections of the April 2010 issue.