Maritime Archeology

The Choptank River Heritage Center sponsors and participates in maritime archeology activities to discover, document, and exhibit underwater historical resources of the Choptank and Tuckahoe Rivers.

Activities have included:

Archeology sites and resources of significance in the Choptank and its tributaries include:

  • The Vesper, an 1870s steamer that sank near Denton in 1930.
  • 1840s pungy sailboat excavated from Watts Creek, in Martinak State Park
  • Barge-style ferry similar in design to cable-drawn ferries once common on the Choptank and Tuckahoe
  • Scow barge probably used to transport goods from Hillsboro to Wayman Wharf on the Tuckahoe River


Wreck of a 19th century pungy sailing vessel on display at Martinak Park near Denton


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Choptank River Heritage Center
10215 River Landing Road
Denton, Md.  21629
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