Lost at sea: 80 years after the tragic Bay accident

submitted to dorchester banner/george wheatley jr. The sole survivor of a powerful winter storm on Feb. 3, 1939, George Wheatley was pulled from the icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay after hurricane force winds tore through the Oyster Fleet and capsized three skipjacks. The then 18-year-old deckhand was born in 1930 and passed away in 2009 after a life on the water.

Ahh, sailing under blue skies with the hint of a breeze – just enough to fill the sails and scoot over the Bay to a secluded cove for the weekend. Calm waters with no hint of wind driven, white capped waves. Oh, maybe a brief shower and 15 knot winds would be exciting for a […]

Remembering Dorchester, Jan. 23, 2019

From the pages of the Banner 50 years ago A slum landlord in Cambridge who pays $30 or $35 a year in city property taxes can collect that much in rent each week by dividing his house into three substandard units. The landlord who raises his rent $4 a week to take care of improvements […]

Remembering Dorchester, Jan. 9, 2019

50 years ago Plans for a new Cambridge Public Library building were discussed last night at a meeting of the library directors. Arthur Kamens, president of the directors, asked for a report from F. Hamilton Whipple who is serving as chairman of a New Building Committee. Mr. Whipple told the board he and his committee […]

Handsell historic site is attacked by vandals

VIENNA – Vandals have attacked a local historical site, using firearms to damage displays. A statement from the Nanticoke Historical Preservation Alliance, operators of the Handsell historic site, said on Sunday, “Recent incidents at Handsell involve shooting at the building and longhouse exhibits, including damage to a newly installed window. Persons responsible are subject to […]

Remembering Dorchester, Dec. 26, 2018

From the pages of the Banner 50 years ago Nearing home on their space odyssey, the Apollo 8 astronauts today readied their portable TV camera for a sixth and final celestial telecast following Christmas Day’s cooking lesson from space. “What we thought we would do today was just show you a little bit about life […]

Learn about Frederick Douglass’ visits to city

CAMBRIDGE — With the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial being recognized throughout the country, and world, the local impact and significance of his consequential life has been largely overlooked. Did you know that famous abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass was born in the next county over from where Harriet Tubman was born on Maryland’s Eastern Shore? Recently […]

Remembering Dorchester, Dec. 12, 2018

Gary S. Pritchett posted this on Nov. 4 on Cambridge Maryland Memories: “While walking in Cambridge, Maryland yesterday I was happy to see that Bob’s Barber Shop was open. I went in and talked to the owner. There, standing as he always did, was Bob. I introduced myself and told him that he gave me my first real haircut, right in that middle chair so long ago. He asked who I was again, and when I told him that my Father was Web, and that my brother was Jimmy...he told me that he remembered them. ‘Your Father and I were from the same place, and Jimmy used to work on my car.’ When I thanked him for making my day, he also said, ‘You’ve made mine. I’ve had this place for more than 40 years, and my wife wants me to sell it...but I’m not ready yet.’” Comments: Len Foxwell — “Amazing. Just amazing. Love the fact that he’s still there after all this time.” Lewis Burdette Blanche — “He cut my hair too. I felt we had a bond.”

From the pages of the Banner 50 years ago From Elsie McNamara’s column “The Rocking Chair” – I understand that Leon Fitzhugh, maintenance superintendent of the new county building, is responsible for placing the blue lights on the building. I think I have told you before, but I will tell you again, that the candles […]

Remembering Dorchester, Dec. 5, 2018

From the pages of the Banner 50 years ago The Dorchester-Talbot area “is the only logical site” for a proposed 250-bed hospital for the mentally retarded. This opinion was reached by the Mid-Shore Association for Retarded Children at a recent meeting. Calling the need for such a facility “unquestioned,” the Mid Shore Association cited reasons […]

Remembering Dorchester, Nov. 28, 2018

From the pages of the Banner 25 years ago A packed house of family, friends, and visiting dignitaries were at the Dorchester Post 91, American Legion Saturday to pay tribute to retiring State Senator Frederick C. Malkus (D-37). The event was sponsored by a coalition of veterans’ organizations and was billed as “a veterans’ salute” […]

Remembering Dorchester, Nov. 21, 2018

From the pages of the Banner 25 years ago After two years of construction, the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester was launched in Cambridge Creek on Friday afternoon. The Nathan is destined to be a working model of a Chesapeake Bay dredgeboat and a living classroom for students. Harold Ruark, designer of the Nathan, said he […]