In Annapolis: Ego Alley

Neil Turner
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This part of the harbor in Annapolis, Maryland is often called "Ego Alley" due to the propensity of young - and not so young - men in sleek boats to motor in with tanned chests held high showing themselves and their boats to "adoring" females. The whole experience is sort of a modern day, extremely expensive version of the 50's drive-in restaurant.




In a walk past the boats in Ego Alley and the boats docked beyond, you are bound to meet a variety of interesting and very friendly people.


Middleton Tavern has been an Annapolis landmark since 1750.  Located on city dock just across the street from Ego Alley, it has been the scene of many events of history.


Probably the most famous was the burning of the Peggy Stewart during the Revolutionary War. This event is sometimes known as The Maryland Tea Party.




This photograph shows one of the famous Chesapeake Bay skipjacks docked in the Annapolis Harbor. Skipjacks are the last working boats under sail in the United States and are used for wintertime oyster dredging.


Their beautiful lines invoke thoughts more of pleasure than of work, but they are tough, rugged boats designed for extremely difficult work. No less tough and rugged are the Maryland water men and women who crew these boats.
Anthony Stewart owned the ship that was named for his daughter. In October of 1774, she sailed into the Annapolis harbor with a load of tea. When the residents found out about the cargo, they threatened the captain, so he grounded the ship and set it afire as a show of good will. Afterwards, he "celebrated" at Middleton Tavern.
Harvard Square Commentary, August 21, 2006