Finding a way across the bay

September 10, 2007|By Photos by Glenn Fawcett | Photos by Glenn Fawcett,Sun photographer

Each day, tourists, Smith Island residents, mail and supplies are transported across the Chesapeake Bay on a small fleet of boats.

Residents depend on ferrymen such as Otis Tyler, since no bridge connects the island - 12 miles out in the bay - to mainland Maryland. The ferrymen carry packages, groceries and other supplies that Smith Island residents don't have at home. About 250 people live on the island year-round.

Tyler, who charges $10 for a ride to or from the island on his boat, the Island Belle, has been moving people and supplies for 24 years.

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