After spending the entire day in the library, not only am I convinced that the smell of old library books is permanently embedded in my nostrils, but I am also prone to paper cuts. Despite those two facts, my trip was surprisingly successful and I was able to find several books that indicated a history of pirating on the Potomac.
One such book was, William B. Cronin, “The Disappearing Islands of the Chesapeake,” which had information on Watt’s Island. During the Seventeenth Century it served as a hideout for pirates in the Chesapeake. In fact, the infamous pirate, Rodger Makeele, used Watt’s Island as his operating base in the 1680s. The island has since then mostly disappeared, the bay claiming over 300 acres of it.
In addition I also found these books:
Shomette, Donald G. Pirates on the Chesapeake, MD: Tidewater Publishers, (1988).
Tilp, Frederick. This was Potomac River. Bladenburg, Maryland: Frederick Tilp [self-published], (1978).
Burgess, Robert H. This Was Chesapeake Bay, MD: Tidewater Publishers, (1990).
Hopefully this will be enough…