Watermark® is proud to celebrate 50 years of unforgettable travel. From 1972 to 2022, Watermark has immersed people in the history, culture and fun of the Chesapeake Bay area more completely than any tour or charter company and hopes to do so for another 50 years!
Watermark, originally Chesapeake Marine Tours, was founded by C. Edward Hartman II. A lawyer by trade, Hartman loved boating and wanted to invest in the local community. Chesapeake Marine Tours began in 1972 offering a single sightseeing cruise to St. Michaels. The That Day on the Bay cruise is still offered today. The company’s offerings grew rapidly and the fleet inevitably grew, first in 1973 with the addition of Annapolis’ landmark, Harbor Queen. In the 1980s, Watermark began providing water taxi service in the Port of Annapolis.
In 1999, Hartman’s daughter, Debbie Gosselin, purchased Watermark from her father. Working for the company since 1982, Gosselin’s vision was to expand and diversify the public sightseeing cruises offered on the Chesapeake Bay and continue the commitment to excellence in private charter service.
Over the years, Watermark has established itself as the central resource for locals, visitors, school groups, social groups and corporate clients. School groups, in particular, learned about Watermark as thousands of school-age children boarded Harbor Queen each year for their annual excursion to Annapolis, Maryland.
As a result of the many excursion opportunities, Watermark formed an early partnership with another Annapolis company, Three Centuries Tours, founded in 1975 by Paula Fishback. After many years of working together to deliver unforgettable land and water experiences, Chesapeake Marine Tours purchased Three Centuries Tours in 2004, creating Watermark, the provider of the complete Chesapeake Bay experience as it is known today. .
On the water, Watermark expanded its offerings to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in 2009.
In 2022, Gosselin retired, selling Watermark to general manager of the company’s ship operations and family friend Jake Iversen and his wife Laura.
Watermark is a leader in the regional hospitality industry and has many partnerships in the surrounding community. The company’s goal is to provide uncompromising customer service during an authentic Chesapeake Bay experience and to maintain deep involvement in the local business community and charitable efforts.
Watermark celebrates this incredible milestone all year long. First, with an Anniversary Garden Gala in partnership with Historic Annapolis on April 21, followed by activities throughout the season. For more information, visit WatermarkJourney.com/Celebrating-50-Years/.
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