Mallows Bay is a small bay on the Maryland side of the Potomac River in Charles County, Maryland, and located at Coordinates: . The bay is the location of what is regarded as the "largest shipwreck fleet in the Western Hemisphere" and is described as a "ship graveyard."
Charles County operates Mallows Bay Park (1440 Wilson Landing Road in Nanjemoy, Maryland). This small park contains the graves of more than 230 ships sunk in the river. Almost ninety were poorly constructed steamships built during World War I; in 1925 they were burned and scuttled in the bay. Bethlehem Steel then built a salvage basin during World War II to recover metal from the abandoned ships. The ships form a reef that hosts an array of wildlife. A 0.8-mile trail loops around Mallows Bay Park and the salvage basin.
The bay was listed as an archaeological and historic district on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.
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- NOAA Nautical Chart 12288 - Potomac River
- "Mallows Bay". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
- Aerial imagery of Mallows Bay from The National Map
- Mallows Bay Ghost Fleet along the Potomac River - from fossilguy