Maryland icebreaker J. Millard Tawes provides delivery of emergency supplies and US Mail to Tangier Island, Virginia
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources buoy-tender M/V J. Millard Tawes conducted emergency icebreaking operations to Tangier Island, Virginia, answering a call for help from our neighboring state. The crucial mission helped deliver food, fuel, mail, medications and other essential items to the island, which like nearby Smith Island, Maryland is only accessible by water. The Tawes sailed from Crisfield Thursday morning following a request coordinated through the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard.
The ship is named for Crisfield native son, Governor J Millard Tawes, who was elected Governor in 1958 and reelected in 1962.