Harbormaster's Office



  1. The United States Boat Shows are fast approaching! Prior to the shows, all of the slips/bulkhead in Market Slip (Ego Alley), half of the Front Forty mooring field, and all of Saint Mary's mooring field will be closed to allow for the installation of the boat show infrastructure. VESSELS OCCUPYING THESE MOORINGS MUST VACATE NO LATER THAN 12 NOON ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5! These facilities will return to full service on October 23.

  2. We are now accepting applications to be placed on the waiting list for winter dockage.


The Harbormaster's Office is responsible for ensuring the safe and enjoyable use of navigable City Waters, including parts of the Severn River, Back Creek, Spa Creek, and Weems Creek. The Harbormaster manages public moorings for transient boaters, annual moorings for residents and non-residents, 1,500 feet of bulkhead, 18 slips at City Dock, more than 17 miles of shoreline and the use of various park docks and street-end landings by boaters.

  • Maintains the City’s waterfront assets
  • Watches over the maritime ecology of the City
  • Works with other agencies to insure homeland security from the water side
  • Contributes to special events planning and hosting
  • Reports to the Mayor on community maritime issues

old maritime chart

During the busy summer season, the Harbormaster employs supplementary staff of Dock Assistants and Assistant Harbormasters who collect fees, operate boats, and otherwise assist in management of the harbor. They are empowered to enforce City regulations and policies on behalf of the Harbormaster in the latter’s absence, and can handle any problems, requests, or questions you may have in relation to your visit to our harbor.

The Harbormaster's Office operates three vessels. Two of the vessels are multifunctional patrol boats, while the third provides mobile pumpout service. During the boating season, generally two of our boats are on duty in our City Waters.

On October 13, 2011, the Harbormaster announced that two, newly-repowered boats are part of the City's fleet. See pictures from the Press Conference. For additional information about the City's hybrid boats please see the articles from Workboat and The Capital Gazette.


The Harbormaster’s Office hours of operation vary depending on the time of year. The office always opens at 8:30 a.m. In the winter, the office closes at 4:30 p.m. In the spring, the office closes at 6 p.m. During the summer months the office closes at 9 p.m. A Watch Commander is always on duty during business hours. The office closes only three days per year: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. If there is an emergency on any of these days, please use the individual contact numbers seen below.


Main Office:

VHF:              17 & 9

Phone:          410-263-7973

Fax:               410-295-9018

E-mail:          harbormaster@annapolis.gov

Address:      1 Dock Street, Annapolis, MD, 21401

For emergencies after hours:

William "Bill" Brookes, Acting Harbormaster - wrbrookes@annapolis.gov - 410-320-6883

J.P. "Flip" Walters, Acting Director, Recreation and Parks - jpwalters@annapolis.gov