Honga River

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Coordinates: 38°18′N 76°10′W / 38.3°N 76.17°W / 38.3; -76.17 (Honga River)

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The Honga River is an estuary on the eastern side of the Chesapeake Bay, bounded on the west by Hooper's Island and on the east by the mainland of Dorchester County, Maryland.[1][2] 14 miles (23 km) in length and over 1 mile (1.6 km) wide, it runs southeast to the west entrance of Hooper Strait, north of Tangier Island; the Hooper Strait Light stood between the two.[2] Towns on the river include Crapo, Fishing Creek and Wingate.

The river was sometimes called the "Hunger" or even "Hungary" River,[3] Historians hold, however, that the name is derived from the Powatan word kahunge meaning "goose".[4][5] The Honga was a historic center of the oyster fishery in the bay and continues to be popular with sport fishermen.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fact Sheet: Honga River, Dorchester County, MD". U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. February 17, 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  2. ^ a b Griffes, Peter L. (2004). Atlantic Boating Almanacs: Sandy Hook, Nj To St. John River, Fl & Bermuda 3. Annapolis, Maryland: ProStar Publications. p. 323. 
  3. ^ for example, George Fox refers to a stop at house on the "Hunger River". Penney, Norman, ed. (1924). The Journal of George Fox. New York: Cosimo. p. 306. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  4. ^ Kenny, Hamill (1984). The Place Names of Maryland: Their Origin and Meaning. Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society. p. 116. 
  5. ^ Stewart, George R. (1970). American Place-Names: A Concise and Selective Dictionary for the Continental United States of America. Oxford University Press. p. 210.