Informed, lively, and concise... Keith's book is a regional gem.
The harbor is a lot more than the Harborplace. The book takes you from the pleasure creeks off the Patapsco River—Bodkin, Rock and Stony creeks—around the harbor to Hart and Miller islands. Keith then gives their histories and how they have changed over the years.
This fascinating book recounts the city's rich maritime history. Discussed are the famous Baltimore clipper ships that dominated trade in the early 1800s, the World War II liberty ships that poured from the city's shipyards, and today's waterfront.
For those of us who know the harbor from the rail of the Patriot or the walks around Federal Hill, this volume is indispensable and long overdue... There are indeed plenty of excellent photos, an effective blend of old, not-so-old, and new pictures showing all the fingers of the Patapsco. It is also a well-composed history, documented by dates and facts, of the wrecks, fires, maritime successes, and mishaps that are so often recalled, but too often forgotten... (the detailed maps) are the best collection I've ever seen of the Patapsco.