This is the FIRST CLUE ON THE CHESAPEAKE BAY AREA CLUES CRUISE... Issued today, February 3rd--on National Take a Cruise Day. Stay tuned for the answer tomorrow, along with another clue. Come join us on our Virtual Clues Cruise around the Chesapeake Bay and the Blue Crab State. You need not be present to play--you just need to solve the riddles and have fun. (Whenever the riddles are particularly tough, we will supply a hint--either the longitude, the latitude, or the bearing from the previous day's location). 

If this activity is any fun at all, you need to check out Sea Scouts (if you're ages 13-20) or Maritime Explorers (if you're in 6th-8th grade), because they are even more fun than this--they're real, not only virtual!  


Got it? So here's Today's Cruise Clue--Let's Go!


DURING THE WAR OF 1812, THE BRITISH TRIED TO TAKE ME. INSTEAD, THEY INSPIRED A SONG EVERY AMERICAN SPAKE THEE. WHERE AM I?

If you think you got it, save your answer and CHECK BACK TOMORROW for confirmation, details about visiting this location, and a CLUE TO TOMORROW'S CLUES CRUISE LOCATION.

SHIP'S NEWS

  • CHESAPEAKE BAY AREA VIRTUAL CLUES CRUISE - Sea Date March 5, 2021
    If you've been cruising along with us, you might have noticed that the CHESAPEAKE BAY AREA VIRTUAL CLUES CRUISE was interrupted after the 24th Clue in the Clues Cruise--the 24th Clue: Come with me on a sea cruise, three states we will peruse. We need not touch any, but an adventure it is sure to include many. While we need never lose sight of land, nevertheless, our voyage be grand. Where am I?
    Answer: The 24th port of call in the Chesapeake Bay Area Virtual Clues Cruise was the circumnavigation of the DELMARVA Peninsula... A waterways trek that includes the Chesapeake Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Chesapeake & Delaware (C&D) Canal. Although there are several bridges that transect this area (including some that have been included in previous Clues Cruise Ports of Call) making it possible to visit the area by land, the DELMARVA Peninsula circumnavigation via these waterways is the only way to see Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia by water--without retracing your tracks (or simply skirting along the Atlantic Coast and skipping all the wonderful places we've seen!)

    We "went dark" during our DELMARVA cruise due to a medical emergency (now under control) and limited internet connectivity that, unfortunately, is common to offshore areas, and certain areas of the Chesapeake Bay--one of the reasons we recommend VHF radio communications with DSC capability, and not just relying on your cell phone (but more on that later...) So, we'll be back-briefing you with the next few clues on places we visited along the way.
    So, we're glad to see you again... and now... on to the 25th Clue in the Chesapeake Bay Area Virtual Clues Cruise: A summer retreat for the Pokomoke, now known for the lexicon: Baroque. Only accessible by water or air, about 700 people live there. Where am I?
    Posted Mar 5, 2021, 8:44 PM by NCACSeaScout Ship125
  • Chesapeake Bay Area Virtual Clues Cruise - Day 25

    The 23rd Clue in the Clues Cruise:  Charted as a shoal, known locally as a favorite fishing hole. A target of dredging, while others are hedging. To a Ship I've given a name--and am part of this, its game. Where am I?


    Answer:  The 23rd port of call in the Chesapeake Bay Area Virtual Clues Cruise is Man o' War Shoal, located in the Chesapeake Bay at 39°11' N 76°23.23' W. Not viewable from land, it can be located on NOAA Chart 12278 as a bar, or an east-west shoal, located due south of Hart-Miller Island and north of the Brewerton Channel Eastern Extension (and northeast of Sevenfoot Knoll).

    Man o’ War Shoal is a favorite fishing hole for recreational and commercial fishers alike, as the aquatic structure attracts fish, making it a favorite fishing hole. Yet the area is the subject of an ongoing controversy—with efforts to dredge the area (reducing or eliminating the shoal), to transport the dredged material elsewhere in the Chesapeake Bay, with the promise of supporting sustainable aquaculture.  The controversy is driven by questions surrounding the scientific basis of ecological impact analyses and competing economic analyses, with everyone claiming to support what is in the best interest of the Chesapeake Bay.

    Sea Scout Ship125 – which is sponsoring the Chesapeake Bay Area Virtual Clues Cruise – adopted the name “Man o’ War” when it was founded in 2015, and as such, has a special interest in Man o’ War Shoal—In keeping with our oath as Scouts and Sea Scouts, we hope that today’s clue and the resources provided will encourage you to learn about the competing goals and the ongoing research in support of the Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem—and advocate and support sound decision-making.  We want what’s best for the Chesapeake Bay, and we hope that you do, too.  The Bay is a phenomenal natural resource, and while we often focus on the fun it provides us, we must remember that we are its stewards. The Chesapeake Bay is a treasure to be cherished and nurtured, today and for the future.  For more information, visit: https://savemanowar.org/  And  https://fishtalkmag.com/blog/battle-stations-man-o-war-shoal, And https://proptalk.com/man-o-war-shoal-dredge-or-not-dredge; And do your own research, too...

    And now... on to the 24th Clue in the Chesapeake Bay Area Virtual Clues Cruise: Come with me on a sea cruise, three states we will peruse. We need not touch any, but an adventure it is sure to include many. While we need never lose sight of land, neverless, our voyage be grand. Where am I?

    Posted Feb 27, 2021, 7:31 PM by NCACSeaScout Ship125
  • Chesapeake Bay Area Virtual Clues Cruise - Day 24

    The 22nd Clue in the Clues Cruise:  Known as MTN, I'm named for the creator (an aviator), of the B-10s and the China Clipper (the first trans-Pacific shipper.) I'm home to the Guard, and its A-10s on the hard. Where am I?


    Answer:  The 22nd port of call on the Chesapeake Bay Area Virtual Clues Cruise is Martin State Airport in Middle River, MD. The airport has a single 6,997 ft. x 180 ft. runway designated 15/33 and used by private planes and corporate jets, and a 65 ft. x 65 ft. Helipad. The airport is home to Warfield Air National Guard Base and the Maryland Air National Guard's 175th Wing and its fleet of A-10 aircraft. The airport is also home to WJZ Channel 13 and WBAL Channel 11 News helicopters, as well as aviation units for the Maryland State Police, Baltimore County Police, and Baltimore City Police, in addition to 2 private medivac services and 2 flight schools. 

    The airport is located adjacent to Lockheed Martin and the former Martin Aircraft Company, which manufactured aircraft from 1917-1961. It was not uncommon for traffic to be halted on Eastern Avenue, so that newly manufactured aircraft could be taxied across the street from the manufacturing line to the runway. 

    Today, the airport also houses the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum. The museum is open Saturdays and by appointment, and offers visitors a glimpse into aviation history, including a tour of the flightline and classic aircraft. To learn more, visit https://www.mdairmuseum.org/

    And now... on to the 23rd Clue in the Chesapeake Bay Area Virtual Clues CruiseCharted as a shoal, known locally as a favorite fishing hole. A target of dredging, while others are hedging. To a Ship I've given a name--and am part of this, its game. Where am I?

    Posted Feb 26, 2021, 7:13 PM by NCACSeaScout Ship125
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