Inlet At Ocean City, Maryland

by Dana Kester-McCabe

This is the inlet in Ocean City, Maryland, the site of dramatic changes to the Atlantic Coast shoreline on August 23rd, 1933.

Known as the Chesapeake Potomac Storm, this hurricane made land fall on the Carolina Outer Banks and then traveled up the Chesapeake Bay wreaking havoc on both the Eastern and Western shores. The storm cut what is now the present day inlet in Ocean City, at South Second Street. This disconnected the southern end of the small fishing village, which no longer exits.

The inlet is a great place for fishing and birding. It also hosts a totem carved by artist Peter Toth, in honor of the once local Native American tribe the Assateague Indians. It looks westward toward their inland home and what is now Assateague Island.

Vintage film of the 1933 storm and its aftermath shown in our video is courtesy of the Ocean City Life Saving Station Museum which sits right next to the inlet. You can see the short film in its entirety at their website ( or by visiting their museum in person.