Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary designated in Maryland

Mallows Bay is most renowned for its “Ghost Fleet” the partially submerged remains of more than 100 wooden steamships that were built in response to threats from World War I-era German U-boats that were sinking ships in the Atlantic. Although the ships never saw action during the war, their construction at more than 40 shipyards in 17 states reflected the massive national wartime effort that drove the expansion and economic development of communities and related maritime service industries. The fleet was brought to the Potomac River to be salvaged for scrap metal by a company in Alexandria, Virginia, not far from the sanctuary site.

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Overview video of the new Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary.

Credit: NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

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Aerial footage of Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary.

Credit: NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

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Nature and wildlife at Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary.

Credit: NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

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Outdoor education and recreation at Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary.

Credit: NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

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Mallows Bay video Secrets of the Chesapeake.

Credit: Maryland Public Television

www.chesapeakeconservancy.org/mallows-bay

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Map of boundaries for Mallows Bay-Potomac River

Map of boundaries for Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary

Credit: NOAA

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Students listen to a presentation

Students from J.C. Parks Elementary School listen to a presentation doing their field trip at Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary.

Credit: Nick Zachar/NOAA

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Students Elementary School learn about different fish species

Students from J.C. Parks Elementary School learn about different fish species during their field trip at Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary.

Credit: Matt McIntosh/NOAA

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An osprey tends its nest

An osprey tends its nest at Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary.

Credit: Matt McIntosh/NOAA

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A fisherman in Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary

Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary is a popular destination for local fishing enthusiasts.

Credit: Matt McIntosh/NOAA

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An osprey nesting on th hull of a shipwreck

The historic shipwrecks of Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary provide habitat for birds and other wildlife

Credit: Matt McIntosh/NOAA

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An osprey soars near forest at Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary

An osprey soars near forest at Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary.

Credit: Matt McIntosh/NOAA

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Benzonia resting on Caribou stern

Benzonia resting on Caribou stern.

Credit: Don Shomette

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Vessel at low tide showing hull frame

Vessel at low tide showing hull frame.

Credit: Don Shomette

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Aerial view of Mallows Bay

Mallows Bay contains more than 100 known and potential shipwrecks.

Credit: Marine Robotics & Remote Sensing, Duke University

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photo of a bald eagle

A bald eagle at Mallows Bay.

Credit: Paula Schiller, courtesy of MDNR

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kayakers in Mallows Bay

Kayakers explore the nooks and waters of Mallows Bay.

Credit: Kimberly Hernandez, MDNR Chesapeake and Coastal Service

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nesting pair of osprey

An osprey pair in a nest atop a shipwreck in Mallows Bay.

Credit: Daryl Byrd, courtesy of MDNR

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Aerial view of Mallows Bay

Aerial view of Mallows Bay.

Credit: Don Shomette

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The Ghost Fleet grounded in Mallows Bay, circa 1925.

Credit: Don Shomette

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ship hull with a tree growing out of it

Ship hulls have provided the structure for ecologically-important habitats.

Credit: Don Shomette

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wildlife sign at mallows bay

Mallows Bay is home to abundant wildlife including bald eagles, great blue herons, and ospreys.

Credit: Don Shomette

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