Natural Highways

Natural Highways (HM5Q0)

Location: Piney Point, MD 20674 St Mary's County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 8.154', W 76° 31.748'

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The Chesapeake Bay and its many tributaries have served as natural highways since the beginning of civilization. With the gradual development of villages and settlements along the shorelines, the waterways became the primary means of transportation and commerce for this region of the country. Vessels ranging from simple dugout canoes to shallops, steamboats and international tankers have traversed these waterways for centuries.

Beginning in the 1800's, Piney Point became a steamboat destination on the Potomac River, bringing market goods and passengers to this popular summer resort community. Local watermen capitalized on the natural bounty of these waters and shipped their harvests of fish and shellfish from the Potomac to distant markets. Today, a local company still uses this last deepwater channel off the tip of Piney Point to transport fuel and asphalt products from international tankers to the nearby storage facility.

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The steamship Talbot brought visitors from Washington, D. C. and Baltimore, Maryland to the Piney Point wharf.

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Deep water petroleum terminal dock at Piney Point, Maryland
HM NumberHM5Q0
Placed ByMaryland Department of Natural Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 7:57pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 365990 N 4221998
Decimal Degrees38.13590000, -76.52913333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 8.154', W 76° 31.748'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 8' 9.24" N, 76° 31' 44.88" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 44701-45243 State Hwy 498, Piney Point MD 20674, US
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