Influential Waterman, "Admiral" of the Bay Passes at Age 91

Captain Eldridge Meredith died June 26 in Annapolis, at 91 years old.

The Kent Island and charterboat captain served in the U.S. Navy and was a fourth-generation waterman.

Captain Meredith was a leader in the African-American Chesapeake Bay community. This past February, he was named the 101st Admiral of the Chesapeake Bay, a prestigious honor given by the governor to people who display a lifetime commitment to the preservation of the Chesapeake. He is the fifth African-American to receive the award.

Vince Leggett, founder of Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation, Inc., called Captain Meredith the “lighthouse on the hill” because of how he attracted people.

Leggett wrote about his friend in this Chesapeake Bay Magazine story.

According to his obituary, Captain Meredith was surrounded by family when he died at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He leaves behind his wife, children, grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

The family will receive family and friends at Chesapeake College Todd Performing Arts Center & Theatre, 1000 College Circle Drive, Wye Mills, MD 21679 on Thursday, July 6. The viewing will be held from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. The Celebration of Life will begin at 1 p.m.

On July 6, the documentary film, “Captain Eldridge Meredith: A Quintessential African American Waterman,” will be aired at the Chesapeake Visitor and Heritage Center at the Kent Narrows. An exhibit at the Heritage Center has been extended to July 10 that features black captains of the Chesapeake Bay.

Megan Viviano