Seafarers Yacht Club

From Annapolis Past Port

The Seafarers Yacht Club of Annapolis was founded in 1959 by a group from the Seafarers Yacht Club of Anacostia. It was the first African American yacht club in the Annapolis area [1][2]. The club was founded in response to the refusal of Annapolis-area yacht clubs to admit African American captains, and the refusal of local marinas to let African Americans use their piers for fueling [2] [3]. After initially meeting in members’ homes and in a rented storefront in Annapolis, the Seafarers Yacht Club purchased its current property on Chester Avenue in Eastport in 1967 [2]. Prior to becoming the Seafarers Yacht Clubhouse, the building now home to the Club was a school that had been originally built in 1918. [2]

The front of the Seafarers Yacht Club in May 2021.
The front of the Seafarers Yacht Club in May 2021.

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla And Sea Scout Ship

In 1970, a US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla, Flotilla 75, was organized at the Seafarers' Yacht Club House [2]. In 1980, the Flotilla became Flotilla 24-09, now based in Bowie [4].

The Seafarers Yacht Club's charitable arm, the Seafarers Foundation, serves as the chartering organization for Sea Scout Ship 1959 [5].


The Seafarers Yacht Club is located at 301 Chester Avenue in Annapolis, MD. Its coordinates are 38.96944939446944, -76.47898346651462 [6].


  1. Fletcher, Patsy M. Historically African American Leisure Destinations Around Washington, D.C., Charleston, SC, History Press, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 “Commodore’s Message.” Seafarers Yacht Club of Annapolis, Accessed 25 August 2022,
  3. Neuman, Scott. "When Black boaters faced discrimination on the water, this yacht club became a refuge." NPR, 4 August 2023,
  4. "Welcome to the Flotilla 24-9, District 5SR Web Site." USCG AUX AUXWeb, Accessed 18 August 2023,
  5. “About Seafarers.” Ship 1959, Accessed 25 August 2022,
  6. Google Maps, “Seafarers Yacht Club of Annapolis.” Google Maps, Accessed 6 September 2022,,-76.4796424,17.58z/data=!4m9!1m2!2m1!1sseafarers+yacht+club!3m5!1s0x89b7f63f5c6cede1:0xe71fb2a89593b916!8m2!3d38.9694317!4d-76.4789835!15sChRzZWFmYXJlcnMgeWFjaHQgY2x1YpIBCnlhY2h0X2NsdWLgAQA.