National Geographic : 1913 Mar
Photo from Dr. Hugh M. Smith THE OYSTER FLEET LYING OFF BALTIMORE Baltimore is the chief point of distribution for the oysters produced in Chesapeake Bay, which is thegreatest oyster ground inthe world. Baltimore is also one of the great centers of the oyster canning industry. Oysters were first canned at Baltimore in1820 byacertain Thomas Kennett, but it was not until 1850 that oyster canning became a distinct and permanent industry. Until 19oo Baltimore held theundisputed con trol of this industry, but since that time other canneries have been opened in the South. The expression "cove oyster," which now seems synony mous with canned oysters, was originally given to the small oysters found in the coves on the west bankofChesapeake Bay between Baltimore and the mouth of the Potomac.