The “Ghost Fleet” of Mallows Bay includes more than 100 wooden steamships built for the U.S. Emergency Fleet during World War I, as well as many other wrecks from Revolutionary times through the 1900s. These wrecks support diverse ecosystems that are teeming with marine life, attracting recreational fishing and ecotourists to the area along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.
The Mallows Bay site is the largest collection of shipwrecks in the Western Hemisphere. It is located in Nanjemoy, an area of the Potomac River, and the park is operated by Charles County in Maryland. This awesome drone footage was shot by Mike Purks and reveals a stunning glimpse of the ghost fleet from overhead. To take a virtual tour of Mallows Bay, click to the Chesapeake Conservancy.