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ODE TO THE STEAMBOATS: ‘When the Bay Boats Blow’

This ode to the steamboat era was written in 1910 by Folger McKinzie (1866-1950), who grew up on the Eastern Shore in Elkton, Md. and became something of an adolescent prodigy. He became editor of the weekly Shore Gazette newspaper in Ocean Grove, N.J. at age 17 and then, at 20,┬áreturned to Elkton as assistant editor of the Cecil Whig. While there, he brought Walt…