Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Levin J. Marvel

Levin MarvelNext month I will be taking part in the commemoration of a terribly tragic event on Chesapeake Bay. Even if you can’t join us, you might like to read it a bit about the sinking of the Levin J. Marvel, which is featured in a chapter from GREAT STORMS OF THE CHESAPEAKE.

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On August 12, 1955, as gale force winds from Hurricane Connie raged up the Chesapeake Bay, a three-masted schooner by the name of the Levin J. Marvel sank off of Holland Point in the bay near North Beach, MD. Fourteen of the 27 passengers on board died in this tragedy. Thirteen passengers survived due to the heroic efforts of many local residents.

This tragic and significant Chesapeake Bay maritime event changed Coast Guard safety regulations applying to small passenger vessels.

The Bayside History Museum will present a program with displays and exhibits commemorating “The 60th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Marvel” on August 12, 2015, 7:00pm-9:00pm at the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department Bay View Hall located at 8536 Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach, MD. 20732. The event is free and open to the public.

Featured speakers are John Ward of the Deale Area Historical Society ; Dr. Susan Langley, Maryland State Underwater Archaeologist; Bill Verge, Executive Director, USCGC INGHAM Memorial Museum, who served as mate on the Marvel that summer; Diane Harrison of Bayside History Museum, and Johnson Fortenbaugh, Jr. who will perform his song, “The Levin J. Marvel”.

David Healey , author, will have a book signing and sale for his book Great Storms of the Chesapeake (which features a chapter about the Levin J. Marvel).

Grace Mary Brady, President of the Bayside History Museum, will be available from 5:30pm to 7:00pm to video record oral histories with people who have personal recollections of the Marvel.

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2 Responses to Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Levin J. Marvel

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hello, I just came across this and, obviously, missed your event. I was a passenger on that last voyage and my father was among those who lost their lives. Needless to say this experience has been a part of my life since it happened 60 years ago and will remain so. Ten years ago I sailed in VICTORY CHIMES, sistership to the LJM when she visited the Chesapeake celebrating her 100th birthday and I hope to do a Maine cruise this summer. Completing a voyage in VICTROY CHIMES is odd but strangely satisfying.
    I regret that I didn’t know about your commemoration; I certainly would have been there. I am pleased to know that this sad event is not forgotten and has found a place in the history of the bay.

    Regards,
    John Ferguson

    • David Healey says:

      Hi John, thank you for sharing your own connection to the sinking of the Levin J. Marvel. I can only imagine what that must have been like. The event was really sponsored by the community and it was an amazing evening with photos, artifacts, and people whose lives had been touched in some way by that tragedy. They made a real effort to track down every individual that they could, but so many years have gone by that obviously it’s hard to find everyone. The North Beach Museum (near Chesapeake Beach) is a good resource if you ever want to learn more about the Marvel! Thank you so much for the response and if you want to send me your snail mail privately by email I will mail you a copy of my book, which has a chapter about the Marvel. Best, David Healey, dfhealey@yahoo.com

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