Steamboat Chesapeake (Photo from the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum collection)

The steamboat Chesapeake was the first steamboat deployed to provide regular passenger and goods transport from Rock Hall to Baltimore. According to historian and author Jack Shaum writing in the Calvert Marine Museum’s  Bugeye Times in December 2016, “The Bay’s first steamer – the  Chesapeake – made her first trip from Baltimore to Annapolis on June 13, 1813, and her second to Rock Hall on the Eastern Shore a week later.” Shaum is the author of  Lost Chester River  Steamboats (Arcadia Publishing, 2015).

Kent County historian and author Joan Horsey contributes to the Kent County History Quiz.