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Chesapeake Women: Their Stories – Their Memories

Meet eleven women from the Chesapeake Bay: waterwomen, boat captains, businesswomen, scientists, and historians. Individually, these women’s lives have been influenced and enriched by living on or near the Chesapeake Bay. As a collection, they are some of the great Chesapeake Bay storytellers. Their stories are both informative and entertaining. Some tell of a Bay that was more pristine and wholesome than it is presently and a time when most of the people made their livelihood from the Bay. They tell of the unique culture and heritage that bond their lives and share the hope that their beloved Chesapeake will once again be healthy and the folks who live along her shores will truly be stewards not only of her but also of each other. Through their stories, their memories, we can only hope that their dreams will someday come true.

Capt Iris of Sail Selina II, Saint Michaels Maryland is one of these Chesapeake Bay Women. Originally from the east end of Long Island NY, she move to the Lower Eastern Shore of Chesapeake Bay in 1981 to a waterfront home on the small remote island called Frenchtown down in Somerset County, almost to the Virginia Border. That hummock was her home until she inherited her grandfather’s yacht on July 21, 2001. The next two years were spent rehabilitating the splendid vessel Selina II back to her original glory and getting her ready for the charter boat business. The place closest to Frenchtown that has a viable tourism trade is St Michaels Maryland. When Selina II was ready to sail again, Capt Iris found her way there to offer folks the rare opportunity to take a ride on a private family yacht from the Gatsby era. Operating 7 days/week for 6 months/year has given Capt Iris the unique opportunity to learn many of the quirks and much of the history of women on the Chesapeake Bay.

Paperback – January 28, 2014
by Don Parks (Author)


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