Salvage of Harpers Ferry Runaway Barge Begins

More than six weeks after two construction barges broke loose amid heavy water flow on the Potomac River, attempts to salvage the larger barge are finally beginning. And it could take up to four more weeks to remove it. A spokesperson for C&O Canal National Historical Park says contractors finalized...
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VIDEO: Safeguard Your Boat Against Shore Power Fires

When Bay Bulletin reported last week on two boat fires at marinas in the span of just three days, it was alarming to many boaters—especially those who plug their boats into shore power and those who sleep aboard. Cheryl Costello went to a fire safety advocate to find out what the rest of us can do now to help prevent dangerous and destructive fires in the future. Watch below:

Popular Annapolis Oyster Bar Crippled by Fire

An Annapolis restaurant known Baywide for their oysters was significantly damaged in a two-alarm fire last Wednesday night. Sailor Oyster Bar, owned and operated by Scott and Gabrielle Herbst, suffered catastrophic damage when a fire broke out in the rear of the two-story building June 8 around 8 p.m. Heavy flames engulfed the row building, burning inward and down into the establishment.

USCG Searches for Va. Couple Missing During Attempt to Sail to Portugal

The Coast Guard continues to search for two Virginia Beach natives who haven’t been heard from in nine days during their attempt to sail to the Azores in Portugal. The pair, Yanni Nikopoulos and Dale Jones, both 65, left Hampton, Va. on June 8 for the Azores. They were aboard the sailboat Kyklades. But on June 13, they told Jones’ daughter that heavy weather had damaged their vessel. They’d decided to head back to Hampton. But Jones’ daughter never heard from them again.

Yacht Builder, ESVA Native Remembered

Yacht builder Joseph “Joe” Conboy, a native son of Virginia’s Eastern Shore passed away at age 87 in North Carolina. For nearly 20 years, Conboy built wooden and fiberglass boats at his yard on Robinson Creek in Urbanna, Va. He specialized in custom-built yacht construction and repair and built sail and trawler yachts using wood and Airex/fiberglass.

Multiple Boats Catch Fire at Annapolis Marina

A major fire broke out at a marina just north of Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis. Luckily, no one was injured, but unluckily, the fire spread to at least two other boats. The Anne Arundel County Fire Department say they got the call just before 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Podickory Point Yacht Club marina. When firefighters arrived, a 35-foot boat was fully involved with flames and no one was on board.

Welcome Aboard, Jefferson!

Jeff Holland published his first article in Chesapeake Bay Magazine in 1981. It was about the new turning basin at the end of Ego Alley at Annapolis City Dock. He had just arrived in town aboard a sailboat with his father, Bill Holland, and he’s been here ever since. While contributing articles and photographs to this magazine and other publications over the years, Jeff has also served at the PR guy for Annapolis Boat Shows, the director of the Annapolis Maritime Museum for its first decade in existence and as the Riverkeeper for the West and Rhode Rivers.