Maryland icebreaker J. Millard Tawes provides delivery of emergency supplies and US Mail to Tangier Island, Virginia

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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. 

President John F. Kennedy and Maryland Gov. J Millard Tawes at 1963 ribbon cutting for I-95. photo by Md. DOT Timothy Hyman

 

The ship is named for Crisfield native son, Governor J Millard Tawes, who was elected Governor in 1958 and reelected in 1962. 

The Courtney Thomas, the daily mail boat to Tangier Island, Virginia, loads freight at Crisfield, Md. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

 

 

 

 

The Maryland DNR Cutter J. Millard Tawes, named for the Crisfield resident who was elected Governor of Maryland in 1958 and 1962 and a resident of Crisfield Md., leads a string of ferry boats through a path cut in the channel between Tangier Island, Va., and Crisfield in 2016. Photo from Cape Charles Police.

 

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