Exploring the Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay

Nanjemoy, United States

Experience hosted by Kimberly

3 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people
Includes equipment

What you'll do

Explore the largest concentration of shipwrecks in the Western Hemisphere, known as the Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay. Outfitted in kayaks, we’ll paddle alongside grandiose ships rising out of the shallow backwater of the Potomac River and learn how these ships got here. After a quick kayak tutorial, we’ll hit the water for about 2 hours as we paddle around this historic site and experience several nature refuge spots.
Other things to note
Attendees will kayak several miles, so please make sure you're comfortable with the level of activity.

Prior to the event, attendees will receive a confirmation package with safety information and release forms.

This event is weather-permitting; we'll update guests if weather affects our plans.
Explore the largest concentration of shipwrecks in the Western Hemisphere, known as the Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay. Outfitted in kayaks, we’ll paddle alongside grandiose ships rising out of the shallow backwater of the Potomac River and learn how these ships got here. After a quick kayak tutorial, we’ll hit the water for about 2 hours as we paddle around this historic site and experience several nature refuge spots.
Other things to not…

What's included

  • Equipment
    Kayaks, paddles, life jackets, safety equipment, & a certified interpretive...

Meet your host, Kimberly

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 13 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Hi. I’m Kimberly, a member of the Atlas Obscura community.

I’m the owner of Atlantic Kayak Company (AKC)— an adventure kayaking business located in Charles County, Maryland. I’ve been kayaking for almost a decade. I am an American Canoe Association certified instructor. In June 2018, I became the owner of AKC, which allowed me to pursue my passion full time. My company has partnered with the Smithsonian Associates, Baltimore National Aquarium, NOAA, Atlas Obscura, and Potomac Riverkeepers. We were also featured on Amazon Prime’s Air, Water or Land. I value making first-timers and veterans alike feel comfortable in a kayak. I'm always working to continue AKC's goal of getting people out in nature, teaching them about their surroundings, and making sure they have fun.
Hi. I’m Kimberly, a member of the Atlas Obscura community.

I’m the owner of Atlantic Kayak Company (AKC)— an adventure kayaking business located in Charles County, Maryland. I’ve been kayaking for almost a decade. I am an American Canoe Association certified instructor. In June 2018, I became the owner of AKC, which allowed me to pursue my passion full time. My company has partnered with the Smithsonian Associates, Baltimore National Aquarium, NOAA, Atlas Obscura, and Potomac Riverke…
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Where you'll be

Accessible via kayak, there are about 200 ships forever in their watery grave in Mallows Bay. While the earliest are from the 18th century, most were scrapped after a WWI shipbuilding surge. In years since, nature has swallowed the hulking vessels, turning them into habitats for species living in the bay. The area is home to wildlife like beavers, osprey, & bald eagles. In 2019, NOAA officially named Mallows Bay a national marine sanctuary.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 13 reviews.

Mander
October 2020
Fabulous! Kim was great. She has clearly been around this area for quite some time and knows it inside out. She told us little history and personal stories at each stop and allowed us a good bit of freedom, calling it a choose your own adventure. Out was the perfect amount of guided freedom! So much thanks, Kim!
Fabulous! Kim was great. She has clearly been around this area for quite some time and knows it inside out. She told us little history and personal stories at each stop and allowe…
Tina
November 2019
I did this trip almost a month ago and have been thinking about it frequently since then - the beautiful and peaceful location, the interesting history, and the pleasure of kayaking made this a memorable experience. I've already recommended this trip to my friends and hope to do it again during a different time of year to get an additional perspective on the location. Having a knowledgeable and friendly guide made a big difference, and I could enjoy things even though my kayaking skills are on the low end.
I did this trip almost a month ago and have been thinking about it frequently since then - the beautiful and peaceful location, the interesting history, and the pleasure of kayakin…
Deane
November 2019
This is a great way to see Mallows Bay; Kimberly was knowledgeable about the ships, knowledgeable about the area, showed us hidden nooks, and kept us on the move for three hours. Weather was perfect, trip would be best at low tide or at the end of a drought when the water is low, though we wouldn't have been able to get in some places if it had been.
This is a great way to see Mallows Bay; Kimberly was knowledgeable about the ships, knowledgeable about the area, showed us hidden nooks, and kept us on the move for three hours. W…
Ryan
October 2019
Great trip - very cool location. Interesting history. The guides provided some good historical information and we had a great time. We learned a bit about the ghost fleet, saw some bald eagles, and learned about native plant-life while kayaking around Mallow's Bay.
Great trip - very cool location. Interesting history. The guides provided some good historical information and we had a great time. We learned a bit about the ghost fleet, saw some…
Dawn
October 2019
The Ghostly Shipwrecks of Mallows Bay - Almost ninety poorly constructed steamships were burned and scuttled in Mallows Bay following the conclusion of World War I. The ships form a reef that hosts an array of fish, wildlife, flora, and fauna. Kimberly offered a wonderful kayaking program. Prior to getting into the water, she provided an overview on the history of the United States Shipping Board Merchant Fleet Corporation. Afterwards, we explored Mallows Bay in tandem kayaks. She pointed out intriguing highlights (ballasts, bolts, etc) of the scuttled ships as well as interesting wildlife and flora. We got lucky and saw a bald eagle! Overall, an excellent way to spend a Sunday morning!
The Ghostly Shipwrecks of Mallows Bay - Almost ninety poorly constructed steamships were burned and scuttled in Mallows Bay following the conclusion of World War I. The ships form…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 10 and up can attend.

What to bring

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