BALTIMORE — The Maritime Committee of the Maryland Historical Society has awarded the 2019 Brewington Book Prize to Judge John C. North II for his book, “Tradition, Speed, and Grace: Chesapeake Bay Log Sailing Canoes.”

The Marion V. Brewington Prize is awarded annually by MdHS for the best book on the maritime history related to the Chesapeake Bay or the nation. The prize comes with a $500 honorarium and is named for Brewington, a legendary maritime curator and historian from Salisbury.

During the past year, the Maritime Committee considered several maritime and naval books dealing with historical aspects of Chesapeake Bay and beyond.

“Tradition, Speed, and Grace” traces the development of the unique and historic Chesapeake log sailing canoes, which have survived over many years likely due to the tradition of racing these delicate craft on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

In his book, North narrates his perspective on the sport’s history from over 70 years of personal participation in log canoe racing. The 150-page hardcover book contains more than 140 color and black-and-white illustrations and photographs.

More information about “Tradition, Speed, and Grace” is available here: tion-speed-grace-chesapeake-bay-sailing-log-canoes-may/

North was born and raised in Talbot County, and served as state’s attorney for Talbot County, judge of the district and circuit courts, and chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission. He was one of the founders of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. His family now owns and campaigns four Chesapeake Bay log racing canoes, and he skippers Island Bird, built in 1882 by his grandfather.

Marion V. Brewington (1902-1974) was a distinguished maritime curator and historian. During World War II, he was the curator for the U.S. Navy. After the war, he was the maritime curator of MdHS, a trustee of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and later held curatorial and administrative positions at the Peabody Museum of Salem, Mass., and the Kendall Whaling Museum in Sharon, Mass. His books include “Chesapeake Bay: A Pictorial Maritme History” and “Chesapeake Bay Log Canoes and Bugeyes.”

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