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Meet: Enos Throop, Board Member

Enos Throop grew up on the south shore of Long Island where his parents had a house on the water. His first boat was a cast away that drifted up on the property in Hurricane Carol in 1954. As a youngster, having a boat (eventually with a 3hp Johnson) on the water was the ultimate in freedom; to go swimming, fishing, to the local yacht club, to the beach, wherever. Most of the summer months were spent on the water and he learned to sail at the local yacht club. Eventually, he became assistant sailing instructor at the yacht club and has raced (MIT) Tech Dinghies, Blue Jays and Lightnings, both locally and on Great South Bay. He first visited the Eastern Shore in the mid 1950s when his father took the family down to Easton, staying at the newly opened Tidewater Inn, to look at skipjack sail boats.

“I don’t remember exactly, but I am sure we visited St Michaels, Oxford and Tilghman Island,” Throop says. “The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum did not exist then.”

After graduating from Hofstra University with degrees in engineering and finance, he spent four years with the Army Security Agency as a Czechoslovak linguist. Early career work in investments did not allow sufficient time to own a boat, but he and his wife, Muriel, were able to charter on vacations with sailing trips along the Maine coast, the Chesapeake, the Virgin, and Windward and Leeward islands. His first visit to the museum was on the Chesapeake sailing cruise in the early 1980s.

Eventually, after many years working in Baltimore and Washington, he and Muriel began to take weekend trips down to the Eastern Shore in search of what they hoped would be a waterfront retirement property. After many weekends driving most of the Talbot County public shoreline roads, but not seeing much as most were marked “Private,” they began to trailer a small Boston Whaler down on weekends to focus their search from the water. Eventually, they chartered a plane from the Easton airport and had the pilot fly up and down the shore from Chestertown to Cambridge looking at shoreline property from the air. They finally found what they were looking for on San Domingo Creek just on the back side of St. Michaels. A grade school architect friend designed their house and they used it on weekends until retirement in 2006, when they moved to the Eastern Shore full time.

“Water is and always was a very significant part of our lives,” Throop says. “From that first castaway boat, to all the ensuing boats, and there have been many, either owned or chartered, I have always had the desire or perhaps need to be on the water.”

“We have been members of the CBMM for many years, being attracted to it for all it offers in providing a window into the history of the Chesapeake and how the lives of its residents were and remain so intertwined with the water. It is the first place we would bring visitors to acquaint them with the bay and show them where the crabs and oysters we often had for dinner came from, how they were harvested and how they got to market. The museum is a fabulous asset for the town of St. Michaels, the Eastern Shore and State of Maryland and I hope I can help in maintaining its legacy as a member of its board,” he added.