Cumberland, Maryland (Sports)
"The Cumberland, " and "Potomac Queen, " a paddle wheel boat that could carry as many as eighty people at one time. It was of two decks. On April 19, 1914, 65 members of the Masters Plumbers Association departed from the canal basin in two of Fred Dryer's boats. The group went as far as Oldtown, where they went ashore and enjoyed a chicken dinner, after which they returned to Cumberland. An orchestra of local musicians furnished the party with popular selections during the entire trip. On June 24, 1915, an advertisement appeared in the local papers stating that Landis' String Band would be on Dryer's floating cabaret on Sunday evening. The boat would make a five mile round trip to the island. Tickets were ten cents.
On August 31, 1900, an item in the local paper stated that "The Blue Goose" is the name of a floating saloon on a boat on the Potomac River at Patterson's Creek. The saloon boat is said to be handy for the workmen on the new railroad cut-off. "The Blue Goose" is said to be doing a land office business. Much pleasure boating was done on the C&O Canal. An advertisement dated July 13, 1918 said that the excursion boat "Potomac Queen" would, on July 14, at 8:00 PM, leave the feeder lock in the canal at the Western Maryland Railway Station for a trip down the canal. The boat would return at 11:00 PM; roundtrip, fifty cents. On June 6, 1914, the Candoc Boat Club made its initial run of seven miles down the canal in the "Candoc," a gas line boat. Many canoeists did use the canal and some have gone as far as Washington, D.C. Today, some people do have boats and canoes and use them to fish in the Potomac River below Cumberland. The new Rocky Gap Park allows boating. A great many people own boats and use them at Deep Creek Lake, either storing
Miller, Herman J.
Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland
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Cumberland (Md.), history
Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976