There are many, many great books out there. Here are a few we use frequently in the shipboard department:
ADC the Map People. Chesapeake Bay VA and MD Chart Book (8th Edition). 2004
Adkins, J. The Craft of Sail Walker & Company; Reissue edition 1984.
Bell, D. & Ramsey, M. Awesome Chesapeake: A Kid’s Guide to the Bay Tidewater Publishers 2008.
Bell, D. & Wharton, J. Chesapeake Bay Walk Schiffer Publishing 1998.
Brewington, Chesapeake Bay – Log Canoes and Bugeyes, Schiffer Publishing; 2nd edition, 1963.
Brooks, W. The Oyster, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.
Burgess, R. Chesapeake Sailing Craft: Recollections of Robert H Burgess. Cornell Maritime Press, 2005.
Burgess, R. This was the Chesapeake Bay Tidewater Publishers; First Edition, 1963.
Cronin, W. The Disappearing Islands of the Chesapeake, The Johns Hopkins University Press; illustrated edition 2005.
Cummings, P. & Cohen, A. Meet Chadwick and His Chesapeake Bay Friends. Schiffer Publishing, 1999.
Cummings, P. & Cohen, A. Chadwick the Crab. Schiffer Publishing, 1986.
Cummings, P. & Aiken D. Chesapeake ABC . Schiffer Publishing 2000.
Ernst , H. Chesapeake Bay Blues: Science, Politics, and the Struggle to Save the Bay (American Political Challenges). Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2003.
Ernst, H. Fight for the Bay: Why a Dark Green Environmental Awakening is Needed to Save the Chesapeake Bay, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.,2009.
Graham, R. & Gill D. The Boy Who Sailed ‘Round the World. W Pub Group, 1985.
Healey, D. 1812 Rediscovering Chesapeake Bay’s Forgotten War. Bella Rosa Books , 2005.
Hoffecker, F. Chesapeake Oyster-Man, CreateSpace, 2008.
Horton, T. Bay Country The Johns Hopkins University Press 1994.
Horton, T. An Island Out of Time: A Memoir of Smith Island in the Chesapeake, W. W. Norton, 2008.
Horton, T. Turning the Tide: Saving the Chesapeake Bay Island Press; Revised edition, 2003.
Horton, T. & Harp, D. Water’s Way: Life along the Chesapeake, The Johns Hopkins University Press; 2000.
James, N. Alone Around the World. Putnam Publishing Group, 1979.
Keith, B. Baltimore Harbor: A Picture History, The Johns Hopkins University Press. 1985.
Klingel, G. The Bay, The Johns Hopkins University Press 1984.
Lawson, G. The Last Waterman Crisfield Publishing Company; Presumed First Edition, 1988.
Line, L. Waterwomen , Queen Anne Press (1982)
Lippson & Lippson. Life in the Chesapeake Bay, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.
MacIntyre, D. The Adventure of Sail 1520 – 1914. 1979
Michener, J. Chesapeake. Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2003. (especially chapters: Voyage One and Two, The Slave Breaker, and The Watermen)
Niemeyer, L. & Meyer, E. Chesapeake Country. Abbeville Press, 1990.
Schubel, J.R. The Life and Death of the Chesapeake Bay. Schiffer Publishing, June 1986.
Shields, J. Chesapeake Bay Cooking Broadway Publishing, 1998.
Shomette , D. Pirates on the Chesapeake: Being a True History of Pirates, Picaroons, and Raiders on Chesapeake Bay, 1610-1807 , Tidewater Publishers, 2008.
Shomette D. Shipwrecks on the Chesapeake: Maritime Disasters on Chesapeake Bay and Its Tributaries, 1608- 1978. Tidewater Publishers; Seventh Printing edition, 2007.
Suss , J. Oscar and Olive Osprey: A Family Takes Flight Synergy Books 2009.
Teal, J. Life and Death of the Salt Marsh, Ballantine Books, 1991.
Tekiela, S. Birds of Maryland & Delaware Field Guide: Includes Washington, D.C. & Chesapeake Bay. Adventure Publications, 2005.
Towsend, G. Tales of the Chesapeake, Loney Press, 2010.
Troubled Waters: Nutrients and Toxics, Twin Threats for the Chesapeake – by Maryland Sea Grant.
Turner, W. Chesapeake Boyhood: Memoirs of a Farm Boy The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.
University Press; 3rd edition, 2006. Walker, S. Life in an Estuary: The Chesapeake Bay (Ecosystems in Action) Lerner Publications, 2002.
Warner, W. Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay Back Bay Books, 1994.
Wennersten , J. The Oyster Wars of the Chesapeake Bay, John R Wennersten, 2007.
White, C. Chesapeake Bay: Nature of the Estuary : A Field Guide, Schiffer Publishing; 1st edition, 1989.
Whitehead, J. The Watermen of Chesapeake Bay, Schiffer Publishing; Subsequent edition, 1987.
Williams, J. Chesapeake: Exploring the Water Trail of Captain John Smith National Geographic, 2007.