Snug Harbor

Along the canal in Lewes, the sights, sounds — and yes, smells — connect us with timeless pursuits and pleasures.

By Pam George | Photographs by Tony Pratt
From the July 2019 issue

On a sunny summer day in Lewes, a stroll across the canal drawbridge quickly turns into a photo opp. That’s because the view toward the Roosevelt Inlet presents a classic coastal scene. The scarlet metal cupola of The Wheelhouse restaurant is sharply defined against a Wedgewood-blue sky, and a row of docked boats are lined up like pearls on a string, bows crisply pointed toward the canal. The exception is the 110-foot Keen Lady VI, which bobs parallel to the restaurant’s deck.

But Lewes Harbor — which stretches along the canal from the drawbridge to Roosevelt Inlet — is more than a pretty picture. It’s a vestige of Lewes’s roots. “Lewes used to be a fishing town,” says Amanda Morris, owner of Lewes Harbour Marina Fishing & Boating Outfitters. “That was the town’s livelihood, and for years and years, the activity has been on our side of the canal.”

As the city has evolved, how-ever, so has this section of the waterfront, which is a colorful tourist destination as well as a working harbor.


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