"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

September 9, 2013

Sept. 8 – Baltimore, MD

Henderson’s Wharf Marina

It feels nice to come back to Baltimore. Coming into Henderson’s we are always greeted by old friends who make us feel like we’re coming home. They have a great group of live aboards here. They aren’t just live aboards, but cruisers who have chosen to make Baltimore their home…at least in the summer.

Henderson’s Wharf Marina is in the Fell’s Point neighborhood of Baltimore and we love this area. It’s full of great restaurants, pubs and unique shops. The town of Fell’s Point was founded in 1730 and is one of the country’s oldest ports…filled with historic old building and cobblestone streets. We spent the afternoon getting little things done on the boat and then went to dinner at the Red Star Bar & Grill. According to folklore, The Red Star gained its name and reputation from sailors visiting Fell's Point. They docked, lonely and water-logged, hoping to find some of the comforts of home. The sailors knew Fell's Point was a good place to find a warm meal and a cold ale, along with more "intimate" necessities. The blue laws of the time prohibited the customary red lights in the district... so resourceful women painted nautical red stars on the sidewalks leading the sailors to their doors. To the lonely men's delight, The Red Star was born. Luckily now it’s just a cute place to grab a cold beer and a good sandwich or pizza.

The full time residents of Henderson’s dock on the outside piers and have a great view of the harbor and all the activities going on in the river. They set up picnic tables, lounge chairs, grills and even small pools…it’s a great spot. We spent the evening visiting with a few couples we’ve met before and meeting a few new ones.

Our view 
Fell's Point - coming up from the marina
Red Star Bar & Grill


  1. You do a great job with your blog - very interesting and informative! Marie and I grew up in Houston and now live in Virginia. We keep a boat at HHS on Chesapeake Bay (south of Annapolis). Brother had a house in Port O'Connor where we fished often - so a little familiar with Port Lavaca and Rockport area. Safe travels to both of you and thanks again for sharing your adventure.